A Single Source of Truth The advantages of an integrated model
This company identified the benefits that an integrated model would bring, using them as guideposts for the rollout:
- Competitive advantage. Greater visibility into all aspects of the product lifecycle would help the company get products to market faster by eliminating blind spots and bottlenecks.
- Data security, governance, and IP protection. A comprehensive data governance plan moving forward would be achievable when all data streams are interconnected and security protocols are standardized.
- Efficient collaboration. Establishing a global product development platform for collaboration would channel the company’s legendary passion for detail into a source of greater productivity.
- Shared best practices. Best practices would be much easier to share and standardize post-transformation.
Building internal ambassadorship Rallying the troops through education and transparency
By sharing the expected benefits, this company’s R&D leadership went to key product development centers to explain the value of their PLM selection and set expectations—which immediately generated excitement among employees. Still, it takes a village to execute, as the R&D director was quick to point out. The rollout plan was comprehensive, with a heavy emphasis on education, design workshops, pilot programs, and user acceptance testing. Transparency also played a key role in the rollout strategy. Progress was continually detailed out in the company newsletter, town halls, and regular presentations.