Title: Functionality roadmap to define a configuration scope for implementing a PLM system

Authors: Darli Vieira; Eduardo Schmoller; Alencar Bravo; Milena Chang Chain

Addresses: Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Canada ' SIEMENS Digital Industries Software, Brazil ' Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Canada ' Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Canada

Abstract: The main benefits related to product lifecycle management (PLM) are reduced costs and time-to-market, but different levels must be considered during PLM implementation. The acronym PLM requires a holistic and practical understanding by companies since a realistic understanding of PLM provides the main guidance to handle PLM implementation. The definition of PLM must elucidate its different aspects: strategy, methodology, solution and system. Furthermore, tiers of definitions are needed to achieve the benefits of PLM. The aim of this work is to propose a holistic and practical definition of PLM and a PLM system functionality roadmap based on a PLM reference model to help companies define the scope of PLM system configuration, which is the critical point to achieve the benefits of PLM implementation. The proposed holistic and practical definition of PLM supports roadmap applicability.

Keywords: product lifecycle management; PLM; implementation; benefits; guidance; strategy; methodology; holistic; configuration; roadmap; lifecycle.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2021.118038

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2021 Vol.13 No.3, pp.224 - 243

Received: 04 Jul 2020
Accepted: 21 Feb 2021

Published online: 01 Oct 2021 *

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