Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have evolved significantly in the last few years, now spanning across multiple processes to truly provide the functionality that New Product Introduction (NPI) requires- from capturing the Voice of the Customer and embedding those into the design to extracting feedback from service and warranty processes. This has enabled PLM to come of age and increased corporate attention on PLM systems and the outcomes they deliver.IT systems enable processes. The results they deliver depend on the up-front planning and forethought that has gone into their design and implementation. Typically, organizations hurry through these phases and incur the costs of that haste through the life-cycle of the solution.Geometric’s business process consultants engage with customers in the pre-implementation phases and provide early value through PLM Strategy Alignment with that of the business. This strategy alignment ensures that the solution that is eventually deployed meets business needs and delivers to the objectives of the business.Processes are the other focus area, because processes define how business will be conducted. Process Modeling is conducted, decomposing processes to adequate granularity to expose variations. These variations and nuances could make or break solution fitment. Process Optimization through VA-NVA analysis or Lean Principles helps ensure waste removal and process efficiency.Change is inevitable and so is risk. However, the use of tested frameworks for Organizational Change Management and Program Risk Management ensures a streamlined implementation that delivers to expectations on schedule and on budget.In line with our philosophy of enabling continuous improvement, we aid our customers in comprehensive PLM Opportunity Assessments spanning PLM strategy, business processes and IT management. This helps them identify areas where implemented solutions could be improved to deliver better value to the business, and put in place metrics to evaluate the benefits of the solution against the business objectives. The resultant improvement roadmap ensures a higher return on PLM investements by enabling greater efficiencies and collaboration in processes, supported closely by the IT solution.Technology solutions are evolving at a rapid pace and one needs to assess whether the organization is leveraging technology to the optimum extent. Geometric’s 365 PLM IT Maturity assessment enables organizations to assess the current state maturity across multiple parameters and plan actions that would enable movement to a higher targeted level of maturity.

The competitive environment coupled with resource scarcity is compelling organizations to focus on core competencies, outsourcing non core business processes. PLM is a good outsourcing candidate and there are benefits in terms of savings and process improvement from outsourcing. However, any outsourcing needs to be transitioned systematically, starting with the “low hanging” easy processes and then gradually moving on to the more complex, difficult to outsource processes. Geometric’s Process Outsourcing Maturity Quadrant (POMQ) helps assess the amenability of processes to be outsourced and the preparation of an effective transition roadmap.

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