Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Report on the State of the Art

John Stark Associates

The PLM State of the Art Report is a concise, 103-page document describing the State of the Art of Product Lifecycle Management.

Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1 : Introduction
  • Chapter 2 : Introduction to PLM in 2006
  • Chapter 3 : PLM Framework : PLM Grid
  • Chapter 4 : The Six Levels of PLM
  • Chapter 5 : Manufacturing Industry and PLM Applications
  • Chapter 6 : Key PLM Issues 2006 : User Viewpoint
  • Chapter 7 : State of the Art PLM Vision
  • Chapter 8 : Best Practice PLM Initiative
  • Chapter 9 : Key PLM Issues 2006 : Vendor Viewpoint
  • Chapter 10 : That was PLM in 2005
This is the second edition of the PLM State of the Art Report. It includes additional information in response to feedback from readers of the first edition.

Chapter 2 provides an overview of PLM in 2006 - what it is, what it does, why it's important, why it's needed, the benefits it offers, what's driving its emergence, the new paradigm of PLM - and the differences compared to the previous paradigm.

Chapter 3 introduces a PLM Framework. Companies planning and implementing PLM have found that they need such a Framework to help communicate about PLM, both within the company and with other companies. The PLM Framework also helps them describe the current situation of PLM and identify next steps. The Framework includes the PLM Grid and the Six Levels of PLM. Chapter 3 describes the PLM Grid. The PLM Grid helps companies visualize, quantify and communicate the status of their PLM resources.

Chapter 4 addresses the Six Levels of PLM:
  • Level 1 : Archipelago of PLM Islands
  • Level 2 : Frontier-crossing PLM
  • Level 3 : Enterprise-wide PLM
  • Level 4 : Patchwork PLM
  • Level 5 : Enterprise-deep, Enterprise-wide PLM
  • Level 6 : Global PLM
Chapter 5 looks at the needs and results of PLM as they appear in 2006 in different industry sectors. Although there are slight differences between sectors, in many ways the similarities are greater than the differences. This Chapter also details some of the main functions of PLM applications, showing that two main groups of PLM functions are emerging.

Chapter 6 looks at the key PLM issues of 2006 from the viewpoint of companies using PLM.

Chapter 7 introduces a State of the Art PLM Vision. This is a useful reference and starting point for any company developing a PLM Vision.

Chapter 8 describes some of the Best Practice knowledge that has been built up concerning PLM Initiatives. This will help companies launching and running a PLM Initiative.

Chapter 9 looks at the key PLM issues of 2006 from the viewpoint of companies providing PLM products and services.

Chapter 10 provides an overview of the PLM market in 2005.

A more detailed Table of Contents is available at

Format and Delivery
The PLM State of the ArtReport is available as a PDF file. It is delivered by e-mail.

The price of the PLM State of the Art Report is $US 475.

Note : As an option, the report is also available with one hour of support by telephone. The price of the PLM State of the Art Report with one hour of support by telephone is $US 590.

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About the Author
John Stark is an independent management and technology consultant. Prior to launching John Stark Associates in 1991 he worked with developers and providers of systems and consulting services for product development, engineering management, CAD, PDM, process definition and process control. In his long consulting career he has worked with many companies including ABB, BMW, Braun, Coca-Cola, Eaton, Ford Motor Company, HP, IBM, Kodak, Legrand, Nestle, PSA, Renault, Saab, Schindler, Sikorsky, Valeo and Xerox.

Stark has published 2PLM, the leading PLM ezine, since 1998. Previously he published the monthly Engineering Data Management Newsletter from 1991 to 2003. He is the author of many books and articles in the fields of PLM, PDM, CAD, and IS in Manufacturing. These include:

- Product Lifecycle Management : Paradigm for 21st century Product Realisation
- Engineering Information Management Systems: Beyond CAD/CAM to Concurrent Engineering Support
- Competitive Manufacturing Through Information Technology: The Executive Challenge
- Managing CAD/CAM: Implementation, Organization, and Integration

His publications have been translated into several languages including French, German, Italian and Japanese.

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