Episode 11 - Data Process PLM


Data or Process First? PLM’s Chicken or Egg Scenario

Should your path to PLM implementation begin by organizing your data? Or does the most value derive from getting your processes enabled by PLM? Dueling analysts Jim Brown and Chad Jackson disagree. Vote for the most compelling argument. Loser suffers pain, as usual.


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PTC’s View


Each stage within product development, from concept to design, manufacturing, service and retirement, can be prone to great amounts of complexity, change and even uncertainty. The two key elements of PLM that can help streamline it all are data and process.

Each is significant in its own way. Process coordinates cross-functional activities to reduce risk and rework and ensures all expert parties are involved. Data, and a lot of it, is what defines the product, making it important to store the data correctly and accurately.

This brings us to the topic of debate in the latest Tech4PD episode: “Should your path to PLM implementation begin by organizing your data? Or does the most value derive from getting your processes enabled by PLM?”

In this instance, PTC calls it a tie and strongly supports both sides of the argument. With many multi-discipline engineering teams working together you have to have your data “in order” but without well-defined processes, the data can be under-used and the benefits of PLM lost. Each is essential and affects and drives the other concurrently in the big picture.