Oxford, England. September 25, 2012 - One of the findings of the first PLM-ERP Workshop in Bristol is that, even in 10 years' time, many companies do not expect to have completed an enterprise-wide PLM-ERP integration.
At first glance this may seem to be a sensible outlook, because real-world companies can have many different PLM and ERP systems within their various divisions and geographical locations, and gain more with mergers and acquisitions.
Alternatively, this could just be a symptom of widespread low expectations caused by the difficulties of integrating the two environments.
If PLM-ERP cannot be completed in within a decade, then it is likely that it will never be completed, and the problem will limp on forever. The purpose of the PLM-ERP Workshop series is to develop common tools and methodologies that enable PLM-ERP to be resolved, so that companies can plan towards a known future solution.
The PLMIG therefore challenges companies to look 10 years ahead, and decide whether the future PLM-ERP environment looks acceptable. If it should be improved, the Workshop series continues in Atlanta and Fridrichshafen and will deliver the PLM-ERP Handbook and its methodology by the end of the year.
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