PLM Interest Group


Welcome to the PLMIG

The PLM Interest Group provides neutral tools, expert knowledge, managed programmes and leadership to raise the performance of PLM.


Road to Excellence

The PLMIG provides a wide range of structured methodologies to enable Members to raise their implementations to a standard of PLM excellence.


PLM Toolsets

PLMIG toolsets are the instruction books for PLM. They embody most comprehensive and advanced set of neutral working methodologies for PLM.



PLM Knowledge


The PLMIG is all about useful, accurate, detailed PLM knowledge and improvement. Knowledge that is formulated into structures you can understand and use.  Improvement that makes PLM easy to apply effectively, leading change so that the industry gets better for everyone.


In its 18 years of existence the PLMIG has generated a vast amount of neutral knowledge, tools and guidance for PLM practitioners.

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Making PLM Work


      PLM Toolsets


PLM manuals and handbooks to help carry out the most important tasks of PLM Managers.

      Buy on Amazon


Buy PLMIG publications on Amazon.



Excellence in PLM


Raise your horizons and apply a range of advanced techniques to your implementation in the quest for excellence.

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Monetize Your PLM


Get financial control of your PLM spend and benefits, and turn financial performance into a weapon for PLM improvement.

Prove the outturns >>>



Digital Transformation


Sidestep the hype.  Envision the future, define a roadmap, and maximise the impact of your PLM in the Digital Age.

Get Digital >>>



User Collaboration


Work directly with PLM practitioners from other user companies at the User Forum Workshops.

User Collaboration >>>



Recovery and Refocus


Fix the reasons for under-performance while retaining optimum use of the existing environment.

Reorientation >>>



Ideas for 2023


A look at the thought progression over the last couple of years, in preparation for 2023.

Get Thinking >>>

Drive for Improvement



      General Information


Basic information about PLM.

      Early Adoption


Getting started and early development.

      Management Techniques


Managing the real PLM implementation.

      Advanced PLM


High-end approaches to PLM.


Whatever the size and scale of your PLM implementation, one question remains the same:-

"How do we know that we are doing
PLM as well as possible?"

It is time to capture the knowledge and experience of skilled and PLM practitioners, and to raise the worldwide standard and ambition of PLM.

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Class A PLM is a very high, consistent and pervasive level of performance.  It is usually higher and more comprehensive than the status quo.

Working towards Class A PLM generates direct improvements to your implementation; hybridises your current thinking with ideas from the wider PLM world; produces a KPI framework that can demonstrate high performance; and focuses future roadmapping on worldwide best practice.

The PLMIG programme for 2023 provides a structured framework for raising the performance of your PLM implementation so that it can reach a new standard of performance: Class A PLM.

This enables you to calibrate the performance and direction of your implementation with respect to international best practice.

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Proving that PLM is worth the investment is only the starting point.  You should be showing that it will have a transformational impact.

A corporate PLM implementation should gain millions of dollars or euros for the business worldwide. Achieving this requires a positive and well-planned approach.

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Less glamorous than 'Transformation', this activity is often overlooked - but it can produce long-lasting improvements, in a short timescale and with relatively little effort.

Different ways of working normally include ineffective ways of working; and the differences and inconsistencies can waste time, effort and resources.

The goal of PLM Standardisation is to establish, document and implement a mixed set of standardisation elements that eliminate this waste, and reinforce best practice.

The PLMIG has worked extensively in this area, and has produced an effective methodology for the PLM Team to apply.

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Excellence in PLM is a concept, a mindset, and an outcome.

Even at an Advanced PLM level, progress may be variable due to everyday, real-world pressures and constraints.  The pursuit of Excellence requires these to be addressed and remedied.

Rather than just "trying to be good at everything", the PLMIG has identified 6 areas to focus on that will have the greatest and most immediate impact.

The aims are to achieve excellence, and to demonstrate that excellence has been achieved.

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Even when things are running well, they may short of being excellent - which, at the highest level, is a kind of failure.

There are 24 areas in which PLM implementations should perform.  These have been listed in the form of a PLM Excellence Challenge.

If you believe your PLM implementation to be excellent, then you can cross-check against this list.  This list may help you to discover the areas where it ought to improve.

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PLMIG Membership puts you on the inside track as the industry moves to develop and establish a recognised PLM Profession.

With ongoing updates as new material is developed; interaction at the draft stage to input your views; and formal guidance in how to apply the new ideas; you can build professionalism into your implementation as the Initiative gathers speed.

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PLM Leadership is not just about training, or being a driver for improvement within your own organisation.

The PLM industry as a whole needs leadership.  It needs proactive people who want to change the world of PLM so that it is a better place for the young PLM managers who will follow.  We must capture the expertise of the senior practitioners: those who have been doing PLM for 20 years, have seen it all evolve, and know how it needs to be improved.

If you are one of these experienced practitioners, then now is the time to invest in the future and show the world what you know.

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      Financial Control


Calculate the $// costs and benefits of your current implementation and future plans.

      Professional PLM


Join the industry initiative to develop and establish a recognised PLM Profession.

      User Initiative


Work with PLM Managers from other user companies at a User Forum event.

      Active Support


Active intervention to improve your implementation.

      Future PLM


See how research programmes can advance PLM beyond its current horizons.

    Site Map


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Membership Options


There are 3 Membership options to cover the varying ranges of involvement from use of the tools through to direct corporate support.  Tools and journals can also be purchased from the Store.