Product Life Cycle Management

What is PLM, or Product Life Cycle Management?

Good question and one we should define before we help you: decide if you need it, explain how it can help you and figure out what parts of it you need - or don't need. Product Life cycle Management can be interpreted in numerous ways. Leading authorities provide their own interpretation of PLM, a variety of which are listed below:

"PLM is a strategic business approach that applies a consistent set of business solutions in support of the collaborative creation, management, dissemination, and use of product definition information across the extended enterprise, and spanning from product concept to end of life-integrating people, processes, business systems, and information. PLM forms the product information backbone for a company and its extended enterprise."


"Product life cycle management or PLM is an all-encompassing approach for innovation, new product development and introduction (NPDI) and product information management from idealization to end of life. PLM Systems as an enabling technology for PLM integrate people, data, processes, and business systems and provide a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise."
"It is important to note that PLM is not a definition of a piece, or pieces, of technology. It is a definition of a business approach to solving the problem of managing the complete set of product definition information-creating that information, managing it through its life, and disseminating and using it throughout the life cycle of the product. PLM is not just a technology, but is an approach in which processes are as important, or more important than data."
"PLM or Product Life cycle Management is a process or system used to manage the data and design process associated with the life of a product from its conception and envisioning through its manufacture, to its retirement and disposal. PLM manages data, people, business processes, manufacturing processes, and anything else pertaining to a product. A PLM system acts as a central information hub for everyone associated with a given product, so a well-managed PLM system can streamline product development and facilitate easier communication among those working on/with a product.