Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has a very attractive ROI.
Synopsis Taken from Tech-Clarity eBook: PLM License and Deployment Flexibility Puts PLM in Reach.
It helps address the inherent complexity of product innovation, product development, and engineering resulting from today’s complex industry. It’s one of the few initiatives that concurrently drives both top-line and bottom-line results.So many choose not to get started because they expect high costs, a long payback period, and a significant need for internal IT resources. Our research, however, shows that the majority of Product Lifecycle Management implementations are fast and less expensive than most think. In fact; about one-half of PLM implementations cost less than 250 thousand dollars, and two-thirds are implemented in less than a year.
PLM implementations on average;
- Improve revenue by 13.4%
- Grow profit margins by 13.2%
- Increase percent of revenue from new products by 15.8%
When looking at implementation options there are a few factors you should consider. Procurement-How will your company and pay for PLM? Deployment– How (and where) will your company implement Product Lifecycle Management? And lastly, Operations-How will your company evolve with PLM over time?
The way companies buy software is changing. Software as a Service (SaaS) changes the basic model. SaaS allows companies to pay as they go based on a subscription, instead of investing in one, large startup cost. This method is especially good for smaller companies, who can then scale up as needed.
There are a number of ways that a company may choose to deploy Product Lifecycle Management. SaaS is almost always a pure cloud solution. More traditional PLM software is implemented in an onsite approach. This is best for the companies who wish to have complete control over decisions such as database tuning, upgrades and system modifications. If a company wants the same control, but wants to eliminate the onsite servers, networking and other hardware they can look to a public cloud using an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) which allows for storage and processing elasticity. This method is also very flexible with any existing partners a company may have that use cloud providers.
Beyond the initial adoption, new deployment models provide better business agility. SaaS lets companies scale computing power and number of seats according to demand. They can also scale to run large jobs if need be. The ability to change what’s paid for based on what business needs dictate prevents being locked into solutions and seats based on estimated usage, allowing companies to spend money where they’re actually getting value. It also puts the vendor in a position where they need to add value in order to retain your business, increasing leverage.
There’s a lot to consider when looking for a Product Lifecycle Management solution. New options reduce barriers to entry and help add flexibility and agility. But it’s important to recognize that the primary goal is to find a solution that meets company need to combat complexity and improve business performance. Without the capabilities to drive business improvement the rest is pointless.