PLM Prompt: The Future of PLM Platforms

oracle platformThe following press release two days ago drove my attention. Kalypso, the world’s premier innovation consulting firm, announces the launch of PLM Vivo, a new pre-configured product lifecycle management (PLM) solution designed for the food and beverage industry. If you dig inside you find out that Vivo built on top of Oracle Agile PLM for Process.

From the same press release -PLM Vivo comes configured with Kalypso templates, workflows, core data, and profiles specific to the food and beverage industry that is based on best-in-class implementation practices. The pre-configured PLM Vivo solution not only reduces setup time, it also provides a straightforward path for legacy data migration, enables rapid business process documentation, and facilitates swift user adoption.

So, my PLM prompt today is maybe we have a future trend toward separation into PLM platforms providers and providers of pre-configured out of the box applications providing focused industry knowledge? Just my thoughts… what do you think?

Oleg.

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2 Responses to PLM Prompt: The Future of PLM Platforms

  1. Cam Bickel says:

    Hi Oleg,

    This is a continuation of an old trend. When we got into this 10 years ago we limited ourselves to configured-not-programmed packages. These promised much shorter time to value than the previous generation of products. These user configurable products have grown in scope and complexity to the point that even without custom programming the configuration effort is significant because of the amount of analysis and process planning needed. This is where the value added players can come in with best practices to accelerate the implementation cycle.

    We did not have this issue because we started off when there was no complexity and we expanded use as the product added features. The key to our success in this was to have a mindset of leaving room for exansion in configuring the system. This approach of starting small can still be done today, you just have to avoid the temptation to try to implement all the features available at once.

  2. Hi Cam, Thanks for your comment…. you are right, flexible configured packages came to market in the mid of 90s. In the end, many-many features and additional capabilities were added. On the other side, need for more focused industry-oriented solutions increased during last 3-4 years. So, the question today I have- what will be lifecycle of these big packages? Will these packages evolve to become “platforms” for “industry solutions”? In this case, these so called “PLM platforms” will be competing with general purpose IT collaboration platforms and data management solutions…. Regards, Oleg.

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