Every organization or business has a dire need for a “product life cycle management” solution. A manufacturing organization, in particular, requires PLM at some point to help the business run its functions without technical difficulty. The PLM software solution could either be through a dedicated source or maybe an in-house solution. An excellent stable, supported, maintained PLM infrastructure ensures successful and efficient product manufacturing, system and process alignment, and balanced interdepartmental communication. In terms of engineering or manufacturing benefits, the software is a hub for product consistency and accessibility.
Without the PLM software, a business may fall victim to traditional work limitations and technological constraints. It is, however, necessary to ensure that the PLM infrastructure is well maintained and supported. In the absence of a support function for PLM software following disadvantages may occur.
We have learned that PLM software solutions tend to be rigid in their structure. They require the assistance of maintenance and support functions to perform to their fullest. Engineering or the manufacturing departments required flexible solutions that could easily be adapted and molded according to the system constraints. An otherwise unsupported oracle agile PLM infrastructure is a cause of an inflexible system leading to high cost. Engineers and manufacturers may have to deploy third party resources for better results and flexibility of processes, ultimately increasing the cost.
Outside help and will speed up the product development process but ultimately increase the cost too. The added expense could have been used for some productive task is now being utilized to remedy reckless working. Support is necessary for best technical solutions, complimenting integral functions, and assisting with out of box solutions. In the absence of either, the cost would go up.
Without a proper support function, there could be technical glitches in the tools and procedures exercised. CAD models may be presented with errors of execution and implementation. To avoid these technical glitches, the support function helps with the product development and data integration process. An unsupported PLM structure is a doorway to failure in the form of inconsistent product development, loss of version control, breach of IP protection protocols, and conflict of interest. An unsupported PLM infrastructure does not provide for usage issue addressing and correction. No matter what module or version, problems are not well managed and dealt with. An unsupported infrastructure is a pit for technical errors for any application usage problem or an event management task.
Hindered Problem Solving
Supported PLM infrastructure is a pathway to dealing with technical and working issues. It allows room for informed decision making and using the data efficiently to handle the product development challenges. An unsupported PLM software decreases coverage options when it comes to interoperability. A support function provides for data processing to make an insightful conclusion and informed decision making. This creative process of problem-solving, data configuration and processing, and informed decision making is hindered when there is an unsupported PLM infrastructure. In the event of a design problem, a module issue, team management problems, faulty engineering methods, and flawed data, there would be chaos and panic amongst the organization. Such is the intensity of the pain that could arise if support function remains unavailable. To solve these problems and to rectify the errors, support functions are imperative.
Lack of Personalization/Customization
Since the “one size fits all” policy is shunned, it is necessary to apply an agile PLM solution that suits that particular organization’s needs. This is called personalizing or customizing the PLM needs according to the company’s external, environmental, and internal requirements. Customization and rectification in the PLM techniques could not be achieved if support and maintenance functions are not present. A supported PLM infrastructure is a way of customizing the needs of PLM software. Lack of personalization leads to further problems in product development and process management.
Thus by extension, and by the magnitude of the problem, lack of support services opens a can full of worms. It doesn’t just lead to a single issue. It has a snowball effect. The intensity of problems keeps getting more severe and significant. Companies should put support services to paramount importance if they wish to avoid path altering problems.
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