PLM System Support Services from IpX

What is PLM?

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is a comprehensive approach to managing the entire lifecycle of a product, from its initial concept and design, through manufacturing and distribution, to end-of-life disposal.

PLM as both a methodology and tool involves the integration of various processes and systems across an organization, including product development, engineering, supply chain management, and quality control. This allows for seamless collaboration and coordination among different teams and departments, resulting in improved efficiency and productivity. Additionally, PLM can provide valuable insights into the performance and sustainability of a product, enabling companies to make data-driven decisions throughout the product lifecycle.

PLM can support innovation and differentiation in the marketplace, as it allows companies to quickly and easily explore and test new ideas, and bring new products to market more efficiently. It can also help companies manage the increasing complexity of product designs and supply chain networks, as well as support compliance with industry regulations and standards.

The implementation of PLM can provide significant benefits to companies, including improved efficiency and collaboration, enhanced innovation and differentiation, and better management of product lifecycle information.

IpX Sets the Standard for PLM Tool Development

At IpX, we understand the criticality, urgent timing, risks, and the path to success for PLM tool selection, deployment, implementation, and configuration. IpX has developed business and design specifications for our clients to reduce PLM business user adoption concerns, change and development cycle times, configuration and fit-for-purpose costs, design defects, and overall project schedules. 

IpX works with tool providers to ensure that their commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products meet the requirements in our proprietary CM2-600 standard. Because of this, IpX is uniquely positioned to guide your PLM deployment to success. We have extensive knowledge of and relationships with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) providers, which will be leveraged to ensure your organization aligns with the best tool. IpX partners with the PLM community through the IpX Digital Tool Certification process, certifying PLM products based on its ability to enable IpX's proprietary CM2 processes and workflows.

IpX is not a technology provider. Rather, the IpX service model built on our proprietary CM2 methodology offers a proven pragmatic approach to guide decision making, manage the disruptive aspects of change, and reduce risk.

How We Engage

IpX can engage with your PLM efforts at any stage with flexible fit-for-purpose service options including Staff Augmentation, Time & Materials, or Firm Fixed Price.

Structured Assessment

The first step in any successful PLM deployment is an assessment to identify current practices, gaps, strengths, and opportunities that exist both within the written procedures as well as knowledge capture from individuals – “how things really get done.” We will analyze the current state of operations, systems utilization, and provide conclusions and summaries that culminates with a detailed assessment report and an IpX executive led presentation summarizing the recommended process improvements and actions for successful PLM deployment.

Process Definition and Functional Requirements Generation

IpX will work with your organization to develop PLM functional requirements and business use cases. This includes heavy consideration of the required tool functionality and needed integrations based on a closed-loop process tailored for your environment. 

Vendor Comparison and Recommendation

The evaluation and selection of PLM vendors and 
System Integrators is anchored in a structured and objective process eliminating bias, personal opinions, and vendor persuasions. IpX weighs factors such as initial discovery, user and PLM provider reviews, overall responses and thoroughness to the provided business scenario, live demonstration results and detailed analysis, proposed deployment support team, overall leadership commitment to client, and the business process acumen of the solution integrator resources. 

Implementation and Migration Strategy

IpX utilizes an Agile methodology for software development and implementation. Agile is an iterative approach to project management and software development that helps teams deliver value to their customers faster. Instead of performing a "big bang" launch, an agile team delivers work in small and easily consumable increments. Requirements, plans, and results are evaluated continuously so teams have a natural mechanism for responding to change quickly using multiple short development sprints.
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