The Question of PLM or Not to PLM

April 12, 2012

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a hot button issue with its share of skeptics.  Does PLM assist with complex problems or is it a rigid computer program that makes it impossible to work with?  Adam Ohern takes a look at both sides in his article “Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software:  The War Rages On.”

Ohern says that PLM is making life easier for designers and manufacturers by linking everything from engineering to logistics. However, the cynics find PLM software to be oppressive and too structured to make things easier.

“The PLM-skeptic crowd see PLM software systems as antithetical to a truly creative, dynamic working culture. They see PLM as a way of squeezing every last inch of flexibility out of a system, and forcing everyone in an organization to comply with a particular way of thinking and working.”

Even though PLM is a source of conflict, it is definitely a step in the right direction.  As it evolves and becomes more integrated into companies, we believe that the skeptics will lessen.  Innovative software companies like Inforbix are making sure of that. They are revolutionizing the way companies find, reuse and share product data.  Companies are starting to take notice and we believe that PLM will eventually win this war.

Jennifer Wensink, April 12, 2012


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