Extended ECM for PLM

Unify product data and processes to improve collaboration, productivity and time-to-value

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faster go-to-market speeds can be achieved by companies that use PLM software.[1]


manufacturing team on the shop floor

Product lifecycle management (PLM) applications maintain critical "released" content that support functions such as product design, purchasing, manufacturing and maintenance. With limited content access, change processes between product development and the rest of the business are disconnected. Organizations need a way to break down these barriers and unify data access.

Enterprise content management (ECM) for PLM solutions synchronize released product data between ECM and PLM applications, ensuring a single source of truth and laying the foundation for further connectivity to ERP, MES and MRO applications.

Key benefits

Connect released PLM information with key applications to enhance collaboration and achieve better results.

  • Improve collaboration

    Allow stakeholders to access the most relevant released product information, and seamlessly synchronize change requests and problem reports between PLM and other systems.

  • Accelerate time to value

    Leverage preconfigured connectivity with enterprise applications, such as ERP, MES and MRO, to significantly accelerate deployments.

  • Simplify enterprise integrations

    Implement plug-and-play connectors and preconfigured transaction templates to easily connect enterprise applications to the enterprise ecosystem.

  • Boost productivity

    Facilitate collaboration between multiple PLM systems and other enterprises across subsidiaries and their supply chains.

  • Reduce the cost of ownership

    Leverage application programming interface capabilities for consistent collaboration and to avoid the costs of inevitable technology and business changes.

  • Eliminate costly data entry errors

    Synchronize data and processes in product innovation platforms (PIP) with business innovation platforms (BIP) so stakeholders can access accurate released information.

Business impacts

  • Product design information access

    Stakeholders need to view released product design information. Limited access means processes and collaboration are slow and disconnected. Synchronize data to ensure consistent access to relevant information.
  • Collaboration processes

    Downstream operations rely on released product design information stored in the PLM system. Collecting this information manually wastes time and risks human error. Automate access to streamline collaboration.

  • Post-design change requests

    Change requests to post-design information sometimes need to be initiated by downstream functions. Inconsistent change processes lead to delays and costly mistakes. Automate consistent change requests to eliminate confusion.
  • Access restrictions

    Manufacturing functions need PLM information to complete critical processes. License restrictions limit access, resulting in time-consuming, error-prone information requests. Enable appropriate access to accelerate workflows.

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Extended ECM for PLM resources

Provide easy access to released PLM information

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Improve manufacturing access to released product information

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