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Top 4 Qualities to look for in a PLM Partner

So you’ve decided to integrate a product lifecycle management (PLM) system into your manufacturing business, but what’s the next step? First and foremost is picking a PLM partner to help meet your goals of creating a more organized, collaborative working environment. There are plenty of options on the market to choose from, so we’re here to help you find the perfect match.

About PLM Software

Each prospective PLM partner will have solutions for product data management, collaboration, and digital integrations throughout the lifecycle of every product you manufacture. PLM software gives you the ability to make data-driven decisions about how to design, produce, and distribute your products using a single platform.

PLM is also designed to consolidate many other solutions, like ERP systems, weaving a digital thread that connects everything you do. Primarily, PLM software is adept at eliminating data silos and helping your various internal departments collaborate with transparency. Even channel partners can gain access to your PLM platform, giving them the behind-the-scenes insight they need to maximize your business relationships.

Top 4 Qualities to Look for in a PLM Partner

So what do you need from a PLM partner to bring these advantages to your company?

1. They Know What You Want Before You Do

Many of the customers who use Revalize PLM for their product lifecycle needs are at the beginning stages of their digital journey, or are working their way up to introducing more Industry 4.0 technologies into their business. Often, they will have a goal but not a clear road map that will get them there.

The right PLM partner for your business will analyze your current technology stack and your place in the market to offer solutions that are most important to your immediate priorities. With more than 120,000 users around the world, Revalize PLM has been tested in just about every environment imaginable. Experience like that can go a long way toward getting your PLM journey off on the right foot.

2. They Can Organize Your Data for You

One of the hardest parts of integrating a new PLM system is organizing your data for a single platform. You’ll have to organize this data eventually, so you might as well integrate a PLM solution at the same time in order to increase your ability to collaborate on and organize product lifecycle processes.

A solid PLM partner understands that strong data is at the heart of successfully managing products from inception to retirement. They will spend the time it takes to make sure your data is up to industry standards and easily accessible for all important stakeholders.


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3. They Give You as Many Platforms as Possible

One of the biggest advantages to modern PLM solutions is that your team can access vital product data from practically anywhere. Smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops — you name it. The first part of integrating PLM software is to build a foundation of strong data. The second part is to show each and every stakeholder how to access that data when they need it.

By giving your team options for interacting with a PLM platform, you encourage them to feel comfortable with this new tool and make it their own. It’s all about maximizing communication and collaboration while improving productivity. Convenience is paramount.

4. They Can Lay the Foundation for Future Advancement

The right PLM partner for you will know that this is just the beginning. Your partner should be able to build you a foundation for further advancement, giving you the data you need to easily integrate future tech investments into your business.

Your tech partner’s first task should be laying a foundation of clean data that will help you take the next step after you integrate a PLM platform. Maybe you’d like to build on that foundation with a configure, price, quote (CPQ) platform to keep track of quotes and improve your idea-to-cash cycle. Starting with clean, organized data will give you a head start anytime you want to integrate new technology.
Want to start building your own data foundation with PLM?
Talk to Revalize about scheduling a demo of our PLM products for your team.

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