Project Description

Mobile PLM

Enabling Efficiency in an On-Demand World

Mobile PLM

Enabling Efficiency in an On-Demand World

In the product lifecycle management (PLM) space, organizations are beginning to view mobile PLM applications to greatly increase efficiency in their existing business processes and complement or expand their PLM solution footprint. PLM users need timely and accurate access to information throughout the entire product lifecycle, and mobile solutions are fast becoming an integral part of the PLM process. As manufacturing processes become leaner and quicker, and global collaboration becomes imperative, it is critical to be constantly and intimately able to both input and access information residing in PLM systems to avoid expensive errors and delays caused by antiquated communication processes.

To address this need, PLM solution vendors began investing in expanding their applications to mobile platforms. The desire for increased mobility has created new products, product features, and technical solutions from browser-based access to the entire PLM suite of apps with functionality addressing specific lifecycles including trend, product development, quality assurance, fit and collaboration.

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In this point of view, The Parker Avery Group explores the use of mobile technology in PLM solutions and processes, along with a high-level overview of the business benefits and challenges associated with PLM mobility. While many of the concepts discussed can be applied to other platforms and applications across the enterprise, our focus will specifically be on mobility in product lifecycle management solutions.