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PLM Centres of Excellence


There have been industry-wide discussions throughout 2023 on the theme of creating a recognised Profession for PLM.

Amongst the ideas for "how to make it happen" there is a proposal that a number of PLM Centres of Excellence should be established that would capture and formalise the advanced knowledge that future professionals will need.



This concept has potential far beyond mere professionalism.  If successful, it could raise the level of PLM worldwide.

It would create focal points for user organisations looking for best practice, and would enable everyone who works in PLM to address the subject in their own language and culture.



It would also bring together the leading players in the industry in the kind of neutral and collaborative framework that has been missing since the inception of PLM at the turn of the century.


Helicopter Vision

Ever since PLM began, the industry has never acted for itself.  PLM is a global subject without any global direction.  Knowledge is fragmented, and those with long experience can see new practitioners having to learn the same things, from the ground up, by the same method of trial and error.

At a corporate level, common pitfalls and a lack of total understanding are holding back implementations in the same avoidable ways.

It may seem negative to look at the situation in this way, but it could be better than this - and there is a positive solution.  User organisations want a go-to place where they can find neutral best practice in a form that they can easily assimilate.  Armed with this, they can forge ahead with their chosen proprietary options. Everybody benefits, because successful projects breed follow-on projects with greater scope and ambition.

Creating national or regional PLM Centres of Excellence around the world would channel this demand and generate global visibility for best-practice PLM.

How It Might Work

The first proposal is for a PLM Centre of Excellence in India.  India has a pent-up need for improved knowledge and expertise in PLM, with clear and visible best practices that everyone can see and follow. India also has the industrial base to build on.  India has a huge manufacturing infrastructure with its corresponding base of PLM usage.  Many organisations have R&D in India, and its technical resources are well-known.

The programme to establish a PLM Centre of Excellence in India would crystallise a body of knowledge that everyone can use.  It would be relevant to the needs of manufacturing, and structured with a cultural and language flavour that makes it easy for Indian users and providers to work with.  This new body of knowledge would become the basis of PLM orientation in India, and would be ahead of anything that currently exists anywhere in the world.

The logic applies equally well to any country that is currently outside the "PLM mainstream" - and in fact there could be a Centre of Excellence in each of them.  And naturally, there should be Centres of Excellence in the USA and Europe.  These would drive value in a similar way, focused on their particular locations.

Once established, the various Centres of Excellence around the world, all attuned to their home country or region, would be able to work with each other to define global standards of best practice.  It is easy to imagine the transformation of PLM that this would generate - and its consequent effect on global manufacturing performance.

Find Out More

This will require some serious collaboration between organisations that value PLM and that want to improve it for the future.  The PLMIG is managing the discussion process as part of the Professional PLM Initiative. You can request more information or join in the discussion via .

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