Product lifecycle management in the field of tension of digitalization
The challenges of digitization place unprecedented demands on the process and IT landscape in the PLM environment. The digital twin, smart IoT products, Industry 4.0 applications and especially software-driven products are causing product complexity to grow so rapidly that the internal PLM backbone is needed to to cope with the increasing product complexity can can hardly keep pace.
Processes and IT have often grown historically. A clear architecture that aligns all disciplines with the product strategy is missing. The PLM catalyst tends to prevent this from happening.
We often see unclear responsibilities and undefined competencies in companies as one of the important triggers. While the need for change is recognized. However, the actual tasks are distributed to the departments and functional areas by “watering can” with insufficient scope and interface definition, without ensuring central coordination.
The result is a fragmented PLM landscape of isolated solutions. This leads to process and media breaks, as well as multi-source and redundant data storage. This slows down processes and inhibits the company’s innovative strength.
Companies are tempted to apply traditional PLM methods to the management of software and E/E artifacts. There is a lack of awareness that their lifecycle differs considerably from that of mechanical components and that they require their own methods.
Ultimately, IT faces the challenge of holding together disparate systems and a multitude of data pots. It literally finds itself in interface “hell”, where errors, frictional losses and high costs arise. However, IT can only minimally curb this through its own efforts.
We address these areas of tension and help your company to untie the knots. Our goal is to align processes and IT with your product strategy towards an integrated and powerful PLM. PLM thus becomes the enabler of your digitization strategy.
For us, PLM is not just IT, but we understand PLM as a holistic view of products, processes and IT.
All-inclusive service or modular, according to your needs:
PLM Discovery Workshops
PLM in a nutshell
Do you also have frequent discussions in your company about what PLM actually is? What is involved? And what is the state of the art? We show you the world of modern PLM IT and process methods and reflect this with you on the needs in your company.
Result: Shared understanding of PLM processes and methods, and how they work in the company.
Target group: Business units, IT, multipliers along the PLM-relevant process chains.
PLM maturity analysis – Is your PLM fit for digitization?
You give us an insight into your product strategy and we then create a fingerprint with you to determine whether your current PLM processes and IT are already at a sufficient level of maturity for implementation.
Result: Identification of the essential fields of action in the PLM environment to enable the progressive digitization of your product.
Target group: Product managers as well as representatives of the business units and IT.
Pain points in PLM
Do you have an overview of the pain your PLM landscape is already causing today? To build awareness, we conduct interviews with your employees.
Result: Clear report for use in your decision making.
Target group: departments, especially development and supply chain.
Result: Identification of where activities can cross-fertilize in a synergistic way, or where there is a risk of conflicting approaches.
Target group: Internal project managers and management
As-is analysis of your PLM system and process landscape
Result: Process and/or system map
Target group: IT and business departments
Shape the future
Big Picture Alignment
Result: Target picture in the form of a big picture
Target group: Product managers, specialist departments and IT, with the participation of management
Support in IT system selection
Result: Documented shortlist with recommendations
Target group: IT with user participation
Together, we’ll create a roadmap for moving purposefully from your current state to your Big Picture.
Result: Roadmap with documentation of dependencies
Target group: Business units and IT
Hit the road
Project management and control
Result and target group: depending on the project
Agilization of processes - without dogmatism
Our experts take into account the different needs of mechanical and software development – and believe us: in mechanics, agile works more often than you might think.
Result: Agilized processes – where it makes sense.
Target group: departments, especially development
Ensure sustainable success
Result: Target/actual analysis, if necessary with recommendation of readjustment or stabilization measures.
Target group: Project participants
External sparring partner
Result: Motivation and professional strengthening of your key users to increase employee satisfaction and willingness to innovate.
Target group: Internal key users and multipliers
Train the Trainer
Result: Training and education of your key users to sustainably anchor and stabilize your newly introduced processes.
Target group: Internal key users and multipliers
The BHC Benefit
- 17 years of consulting experience in PLM for mechatronic products and software.
- BHC process and method building kit to support a tailored approach
- Software and electrical/electronic (E/E) are our daily business and we know their specifics in the lifecycle.
- Holistic knowledge of process, method and IT implementation.
- Experience from strategy development to operational implementation.
- PLM and ALM experts with experience in mechanical, electronic and software development under one roof.