Abstract

PDM can have a big impact on the operational success of product development. But's not just about storing CAD files. In this eBook, I looked at the larger role that PDM can play in product development.

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This eBook is best for engineering executives, directors and managers looking how centralized data management can impact organizational productivity.

Excerpt

It's a perception that's existed for quite some time. In years past, the worlds of engineering and operations have been somewhat disconnected. Engineering looked like a black box. Requirements went in. Designs came out. Few outside of engineering knew what happened in between. That made it extremely difficult to tune and tweak engineering activities to benefit company operations. But times have changed. Today, engineering must balance the needs of manufacturing, procurement, customers and more, alongside those of the product's form, fit and function. Executive leadership is calling for more visibility into engineering progress than ever before. Processes that have traditionally been more art than science, such as conceptualization and portfolio management, are becoming more formalized. Many companies deploy Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Product Data Management (PDM) systems to enable such changes. Using these solutions to manage data, automate processes, and streamline operations can have a significant impact on the company’s bottom line. But it’s not as easy as flipping a switch. Leaders need to target the outcomes they desire and use technology as an enabler. That's the challenge that this eBook addresses. Here, you'll learn the facts about four major engineering product development challenges and the steps successful organizations take to address them. This eBook also contains insight into the technology capabilities that enable these steps as well as the risks of staying with the status quo.