NEW Uses of plm

While most PLM companies have focused on helping engineers design hardware and hand changes off to manufacturing, there is still a huge gap translating product updates into customer adoption and market success.

New SaaS PLM software should make it easy for everyone to define, update and share product changes from the beginning of product development all the way to product usage. And because PLM can now be built on a SaaS infrastructure, it can be highly configurable, reliable and scalable.

If you deal with a complex network of products, services, channels and customers, SaaS PLM can help you intelligently roll out all types of product changes with your employees, partners and customers. SaaS PLM helps you collaborate on all types of product updates, so everyone will love you and your products.

BENefits of saas plm

With new types of cloud PLM software, manufacturing companies can:

  • Boost customer responsiveness and loyalty
  • Streamline product launches across engineering, partners, and channels
  • Improve product quality and customer satisfaction

how saas plm differs

Customers, Products and SaaS

As soon as you start engaging with a customer, SaaS PLM should help capture the most essential part of your products - what your customers want. From a community of ideas to specific customer requests, you can now use SaaS PLM software to determine how your products meet your customer requirements. SaaS PLM makes it easy to share product updates with customers, partners and all employees involved in the development and launch process. And as you go through the product development process, you can also see how your product pipeline is shaping up and whether you’re on target to meet your revenue goals.

All Your Product Content

Many companies use traditional PLM software only to manage hardware and manufacturer parts, mainly because of the pre-defined nature of the item lifecycle stages. Basically, all items have to go through the same lifecycle stages — Preliminary, Prototype, Pilot, Production, Inactive, Obsolete. This makes sense for hardware, but not for software, sales content, etc.

Flexible lifecycles in SaaS PLM software allow you to manage all types of product content uniquely. Software can go through stages like Test, Alpha, Beta and Released, while Collateral and Specifications can go through stages like Draft, Approved, and Obsolete. Also, depending on the lifecycle phase, you can define how open or controlled you want the change process to be. Items in an Initial stage can be changed without any approval process, whereas a Datasheet in the Approved stage requires a revision change if a specific field needs to be updated.