Creating a Profession for PLM Practitioners

 
 

The Home of Professional PLM

The PLM industry needs a recognised, worldwide profession for the people who work within it.  The Professional PLM Initiative has been set up to fulfil this need.

 

 

The Initiative covers the whole spectrum of what it means to be 'professional' in PLM.  Bringing this together is a significant step forward, and will change the way that PLM practitioners work.

 

 

The Initiative is inclusive and interactive.  This web site shows the latest developments, and how you can get involved.

 
 
  PLM as a Profession

 

The Professional PLM Initiative aims to establish a professional structure within the PLM industry that will support its practitioners, and the discipline of PLM itself, into the long-term future.

 

PLM practitioners will continue to be undervalued until the work that they do is made clear to the rest of the business world. Forming a single, global PLM Profession is the way to make this happen.

 
 
  Mission



 

The Mission of the Initiative is to raise PLM onto the same level as existing professions, by bringing together PLM practitioners from around the world to form a single, global Professional Body that will support and maintain the discipline into the long-term future.

 

 

 
 
  Impact on PLM

 

The drive to form a specific profession for PLM will not only raise profile and awareness amongst other disciplines, but will have the effect of expanding and integrating the worldwide PLM industry.

 

As the Initiative reaches through the world's manufacturing countries it will spread good practice and cross-fertilise ideas.  This effect can be leveraged by the Steering Group to actively influence and enhance the direction, growth and adoption of PLM.

 
 
  Foundation Stage Programme

 

The Foundation Stage launched in July, and will establish the scope and structure of the Initiative, focusing on how to set up and run a global programme of PLM development in 2020.

 

The Foundation Stage will set out the Vision of what PLM should become in 5 and 10 years' time, and will incorporate the Steering Group's combined expertise to plan how this Vision can be achieved.

 
 
  Steering Group

 

The Professional PLM Steering Group guides the Initiative throughout 2019 and decides on the shape and direction of PLM activities.

 

It has representation from both sides of the Atlantic, and organisations from more countries are encouraged to join as it ramps up its activities.

 
 
 
New Themes - Focus on the Fundamentals

 

At the most recent Steering Group Meeting on 10 and 12 September, it was clear that focus needs to be redirected onto the Fundamentals of PLM.

 

The work of the Initiative during the Foundation Stage will begin to integrate the world of PLM across national and regional boundaries in these 4 areas.

 
 
 
 

PLM Philosophy

The Professional PLM Initiative will establish a simple and agreed PLM Philosophy that can be used by practitioners to position and gain support for their work.

 

Body of Knowledge

Capturing the skills and methods that are used by PLM practitioners in many different countries will generate an international definition of the PLM Body of Knowledge.

 

User Communities

Providing a platform for PLM practitioners to come together in groups or communities to talk about their real PLM issues face to face, in a structured format.

 

Global Education Map

Liaising with training and education institutions around the world will develop a map of PLM training provision and opportunities for learning.

 




 
  The Case for PLM - New Survey

 

The Initiative is running a Survey to capture the 'Case for PLM' - differentiators and benefits that can form an elevator pitch.

 

Participants in the Survey will receive a copy of the findings, which will provide a new basis for convincing colleagues and senior management.
Take part in the Survey >>>


 
 
 

 

How to Participate in the Initiative

 

The way to benefit from the Professional PLM Initiative is to interact with it.  Companies can join the Steering Group, and individual practitioners can become Correspondents or Associates.

If you have any specific ideas or feedback about the material on this site then you can add your views directly.

 

Steering Group

 

Working Group

 

Correspondents & Associates

 

 

 
 
 

 

Find Out More

 

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