PLMcenter provides PLM project sponsors, project managers and team members with access to all necessary information, resources, tools and methodologies to successfully plan, manage, execute and complete PLM projects of all levels of complexity, including:

  • Initial Assessments
  • Software Selections
  • Project Justifications
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Organizational Change Management (OCM)
  • Process Improvements
  • System Implementations
  • Application Integrations (PLM to CAx, ERP, CRM, etc)
  • Data Migrations
  • Software Upgrades
  • System Consolidations
  • Application Testing
  • User Training and Mentoring
  • System Maintenance and Support

Introduction to PLM

The Introduction to PLM is a detailed document intended to introduce employees to the topic of PLM.

It is a great tool for the PLM lead or project manager to provide stakeholders with an initial overview and understanding of PLM and to create awareness and support for an upcoming evaluation, implementation or expansion of scope to new functional areas.

The Introduction to PLM is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Briefing for Executives

The PLM Briefing for Executives is a concise yet powerful document intended to introduce and educate corporate executives and decision makers on the nature and benefits of PLM and to obtain their endorsement and support for a PLM project.

The document can easily be tailored by the PLM Project Lead to the specific situation of the organization to make it more relevant for the intended audience.

It can be submitted as a standalone document or as an executive overview to a more extensive PLM Justification to define the context of the PLM project and summarize its value.

The PLM Briefing for Executives is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Capability Framework

The PLM Capability Framework illustrates all 37 capability areas of PLM in 4 deployment levels with a detailed description of each level and area.

The PLM Capability Framework is an important foundation for understanding the overall scope and capabilities of PLM and how each capability area is relevant to an organization. It is an important tool for the PLM team to identify important areas and define a realistic long-term PLM strategy and roadmap for the implementation and deployment of PLM in the organization.

The PLM Capability Framework is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Self-Assessment

The PLM Self-Assessment allows the PLM Project Lead to quickly determine the maturity of PLM in his organization overall and in the four areas Foundational Capabilities, Extended Capabilities, Integration Capabilities and Strategic Capabilities of the PLMcenter PLM Capability Framework.

The result will show the absolute maturity of the organization as well as the average maturity of all respondents of this self-assessment. This can be used by the PLM Project Sponsor and Project Lead as part of a PLM project justification to illustrate the gap between the current maturity of the organization in PLM and industry best practice as well as other companies that have completed the self-assessment.

It is recommended to complete this assessment at least once a year to determine how the organization is progressing with PLM and if the gap to other companies is getting smaller or bigger.

The PLM Self-Assessment is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Capability & Maturity Assessment Toolkit

The PLM Capability & Maturity Assessment Toolkit allows the PLM Project Lead to plan and conduct a detailed assessment in the organization of the current PLM practices and processes as well as the current use of PLM-related technologies in all 37 capability areas.

The toolkit makes it easy to determine the gap between the current state of practices, processes and technologies in the organization and industry best practices. The result can be used as part of a justification of a PLM project and is an important foundation for the development of a strategy and roadmap for the implementation, deployment and expansion of PLM in the organization.

The Assessment Toolkit is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Evaluation Handbook

The PLM Evaluation Handbook provides the PLM Lead with proven practices and step-by-step instructions for the successful evaluation and selection of PLM systems.

The handbook helps the PLM Lead to conduct the evaluation in a manner that ensures a comprehensive, rational and impartial comparison of different pre-selected candidate systems.

The PLM Evaluation Handbook is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Requirements Specification and Software Analysis Tool

The PLM Requirements Specification and Software Analysis Tool is a key element in enabling the PLM team to define comprehensive requirements for a PLM solution that is tailored exactly to your company’s needs, and analyze and compare up to 5 different PLM software products how they each meet these requirements.

The specification includes over 1,200 standard requirements and addresses each of the 37 capability areas of the PLM Capability Framework. These standard requirements typically cover over 90% of the PLM needs of most companies. The remaining 10% can be defined based your unique business needs and easily added to the specification.

The tool is instrumental in helping to reduce the time required to define comprehensive PLM requirements from what usually takes weeks to just a few days, and the visual presentation of results makes it easy for the PLM team to see the specific areas of strength and weakness of each candidate PLM system and ultimately to find the best system for your organization.

The PLM Requirements Specification and Software Analysis Tool is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Sample Use Cases

The PLM Sample Use Cases are a collection of step-by-step business processes that are typically automated by PLM. These use cases are instrumental during the evaluation or expansion of PLM by making system demonstrations specific to your company’s needs and making the different systems comparable with each other as all the vendors will have to show how their system can perform the required activities. The use cases can later during the implementation also be used as basis for step-by-step test cases to ensure the system meets the original requirements.

The use cases include MCAD and ECAD data management, BOM and configuration management (including variants, options and alternates), change management, visualization and markup, quality and compliance management, supply chain management and supplier integration, software development management, project and resource management, and system administration.

The PLM Sample Use Cases are available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM RFP Template

The PLM Request for Proposal (RFP) Template is an important element during the evaluation and expansion of PLM to obtain all necessary technical and commercial information from software vendors to be able to select the best PLM system for your organization.

The RFP Template lists all information that needs to be provided by the software vendors, including the required format, to allow an easy comparison of the different systems. It can easily and quickly be tailored to the specific needs of an organization and is most effective when used in combination with the PLM Requirements Specification and the PLM Use Cases.

The PLM RFP Template is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Justification Framework

The PLM Justification Framework is a complete, practical and accurate methodology for determining the quantitative and qualitative benefits a PLM solution will help to achieve at an organization. It is an essential element in helping the PLM team to create a realistic justification for an investment in PLM and to develop a compelling business case to executive management and the board of directors of a company.

The framework is based on and provides actual benefits and savings companies have achieved through the use PLM, and it enables the PLM Team to establish real, tangible KPIs and financial metrics for all PLM capability areas and to monitor their achievement after the implementation.

The PLM Justification Framework is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM ROI Calculator

The PLM ROI Calculator allows an accurate calculation of the expected return (ROI) and net present value (NPV) of an investment in PLM. Together with the PLM Justification Framework it allows the PLM team to make a solid business case for PLM and present clear and actionable numbers to executive management.

The calculator has been optimized and the results have been confirmed and validated in numerous PLM projects. It is a reliable tool for PLM leads to determine whether an initial investment in or a later expansion of PLM makes sense for an organization and which capability areas would be most beneficial.

The PLM ROI Calculator is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

Costs and Benefits of PLM Handbook

The Costs and Benefits of PLM Handbook is a comprehensive overview of all typical costs and benefits of a PLM solution. Costs include dollar amounts for software license and maintenance, implementation, training, hardware, etc. Benefits include typical percentages for reduction of time to market, increase in revenue, improved compliance, better quality, higher productivity, etc.

The costs and benefits have been compiled using data from dozens of companies that have evaluated, implemented and are using PLM. The handbook provides an excellent baseline of what costs and benefits can be expected and to evaluate whether vendor proposals are reasonable and aligned with average expected costs.

The Handbook is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Business Processes and Best Practices Portfolio

The PLM Business Processes and Best Practices Portfolio is a comprehensive collection of business process flow diagrams and best practices that will help the PLM team to design industry leading PLM practices and business processes for the organization.

Available process flow diagrams and best practices include New Product Development Stage Gate, Engineering Change Management (Issue/ECR/ECO), Product and Document Release, Customer Complaint, Non-Conforming Material Report (NCMR), Corrective Action/Preventive Action (CAPA), Stop Ship, Part Naming Convention, Part Numbering Convention, and many more.

The Portfolio is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Project Management Handbook

The PLM Project Management Handbook provides detailed information and guidelines for the PLM Project Manager on how to successfully manage all aspects of a PLM project, whether it is a new implementation or an expansion or upgrade of an existing system.

The handbook contains a comprehensive work breakdown of recommended and proven activities and steps that, when followed by the project team, ensure the PLM project will be completed successfully and on time and on budget.

The Handbook is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Project Charter Document

The PLM Project Charter Document is a tool for the Project Manager to formally seek authorization for a project or a project phase.

A Project Charter defines the purpose, objectives, milestones, costs, benefits and risks of a project as well as the roles and responsibilities of the project team members and aligns the project to the strategic goals and objectives of the organization.

The PLM Project Charter Document is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

PLM Service Level Agreement Template

The PLM Service Level Agreement (SLA) Template provides the PLM Lead a solid foundation to define how a service provider, internal or external, will need to maintain and support the PLM system after go-live.

It defines an optimal support organization and process, how issues of different severities need to be handled, required response times and recommended activities.

The PLM SLA Template is available as part of a PLMcenter Membership.

Online Discussion Forum

The Online Discussion Forum provides members the possibility to share ideas, best practices and lessons learned with other members, as well as ask questions and get latest information on PLM-related topics from PLMcenter consultants, thought leaders, industry experts and other PLMcenter members.

The Online Discussion Forum is available to PLMcenter Members.


The Library gives members instant access to a large collection of information, blog articles, white papers and books on the topic of PLM.

The Library is available to PLMcenter Members.

Complimentary PLM Consulting

With their membership, PLMcenter members get 10 hours of complimentary PLM consulting as well as instant access to our network of experienced PLM consultants and experts. This is often enough to complete even more complex projects without the help of expensive external consultants. If more assistance is needed, PLMcenter members can get additional consulting services at significantly reduced rates.

Complimentary PLM Consulting is available to PLMcenter Members.