Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Improvements

Organizations have increasingly implemented PLM systems over the past decade, to where PLM systems are virtually ubiquitous in Automotive and Aerospace industry while other industries have a good amount of penetration. However, as common as the systems are, many organizations have still not taken advantage of the full capabilities of a PLM environment and implement the philosophy of PLM which will yield them greater returns.

For example, it is critical for Automotive OEM to build their PLM systems on effective “core” configuration management practices, which involve keeping track of product structures & variants, related requirements, and controlling and tracking changes over the lifecycle. However many organizations are using PLM as a Document Management or Automation system. They are missing the full configuration management benefits of the PLM.

Apart from this the other issue organizations are facing is “Adoption by User”. This can be because of multiple reasons. It can be bacuase the system which is implemented is not usable or it takes longer to perform tasks from PLM. Many times the organizations are not structured to take full benefit of PLM where they don’t have Super Users which will guide the new user into the system.

At BrainWave Consulting, we help organizations understand the current implementation gaps with respect to the user’s expectations, identify the issues related to implementation and find the problems pertaining to usage of PLM in proper way.

We help organizations develop roadmap to fix the issues through the audit process access all records related to implementation, discuss with users to get their inputs about the system, identify challenges, observe the usage, follow the data through full lifecycle of the system & finally identify the points and steps which organization can take to fix these issues.

We help organizations with dedicated end user training, be it PLM orientation or technical training on the system which will help improve the user adoption and the ROI.

Finally we help organizations measure ROI of PLM through a complex process of ranking.


We offer following services in area of Improvement

PLM Audit

The objective of a PLM Audit is to get an independent assessment of the situation of PLM in a organization. At its broadest, the scope of the PLM Audit will be the complete product lifecycle. In other cases though, a company may prefer to focus the audit on a particular phase of the lifecycle.

The PLM Audit addresses following components of PLM –

  • Products,
  • Processes,
  • Product data,
  • People
    • User Expectations
    • Usage
    • Usability
  • Implementation
  • PLM applications
  • Metrics
  • Organisation

The Audit also gives the road ahead for organization.

PLM End User Training

End user training on PLM aspects and technical orientation to select groups


Help organizations calculate the ROI of PLM implementations through matrix mapping.

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