Creating a Profession for PLM Practitioners


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The PLM industry needs a recognised, worldwide professional structure 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.  This will be 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.


Professional PLM - Steering Group


The Professional PLM Initiative is a collaborative, industry-wide movement to establish PLM as a profession.


The Steering Group is essential to provide top-down direction, expertise and moral authority.

By setting targets and reviewing deliverables it fuels and drives the Initiative through its Foundation Stage.


Any new profession must be an integral part of the PLM industry.  A broadly-based Steering Group with participation from many countries will help this to happen.



Role of the Steering Group

The Steering Group provides an independent, balanced, high-level viewpoint that represents the voice of the PLM industry around the globe.  Its meetings set the targets that drive the overall Initiative progress. The collective knowledge and experience of its members maintains its direction.

The expertise of Steering Group members is the primary source of guidance for technical and project activity.

If there is to be a new PLM profession, it must meet the needs of the PLM industry now, and also in 10 and 20 years' time.  This must be achieved at a time when PLM itself may be evolving into a different discipline because of the pull towards a 'Digital World'.

The Steering Group must represent and make decisions on all of these views.



International Leadership

The Steering Group needs leaders to provide direction to the PLM industry so that it can shape itself for the future.  It therefore needs leaders to become its Founder Members.

"Leaders" in this case means: "not followers". People who are proactive enough to work together to change the status quo.  Organisations that have the vision to see that professionalism will resolve many of the problems inherent in PLM, and that are positive enough to take action.

We also need leaders from different countries, to make this new profession global.  The Professional PLM Initiative has held events in Germany and the UK, but we need to be live and relevant in every major manufacturing country.



Terms of Reference

The main parameters of the Steering Group are:-




Provide high-level drive and guidance to the Initiative. Steering Group funding provides the platform for PLMIG project management and material.



Provide oversight of Initiative progress and direction. Work in synergy with the International PLM Panel.

Mission Statement


"To guide the Professional PLM Initiative to lay the foundations for a PLM Professional Body to be established."



Initial quorum of Founder Members forms.
SG invites or approves new members as the Initiative develops.

Modus Operandi


Steering Group meets as required at members' premises. All working material is provided. SG agreed conclusions are actioned by the PLMIG.

Overall Aim


Lead the Initiative through the Foundation Stage to establish the 2020 Work Programme.  Drive the Initiative as far as defining the parameters of the new Professional Body by December 2020.
Assist in setting up the Professional Body in 2021.



Forming the Steering Group

The Steering Group has formed for the Foundation Stage, and more members are invited to join.

Joining the Steering Group is a very simple process.  The Foundation Stage is based around a series of meetings in which the Steering Group discuss and decide on the targets and course of action.

The first in the series, the Launch Meeting, took place on 03 and 10 July, and this formed the core of the Group.  The comprehensive Summary Document from the meeting acts as as a briefing for new members, and this will be supported by dedicated webex introductions to get fully up to speed.

The Second Meeting took place on 10 and 12 September, with the next meeting taking place in December.  New Steering Group members can join at any time by taking part.  The meetings are all on webex, so participants can take part from anywhere in the world, and there is a comprehensive briefing process to bring you up to speed.  Participation in the Digital Future Group is also included.



Who Should Join?

Users, vendors, consultants, integrators and academics who want to take a lead in forming the future of PLM.  Participation in the Steering Group is open to PLM practitioners from any organisation, in any role, from any country.

PLM needs a global profession, and the Steering Group must reflect that.  Companies from every part of the manufacturing world are strongly encouraged to join the Group.

Being on the Steering Group enables you to influence this initiative at an early stage to maximise benefits for your company and for the long-term good of the PLM industry.  It also gives you a window into the benefits of a PLM profession and of how the industry might develop over the next few years.



Datasheet and Value Proposition

Organisations of all types can benefit from Steering Group participation, in terms of the immediate insights into the broader world of PLM, and by influencing the direction and future outcomes of the Initiative.

For users, the benefits come in the form of shared knowledge and insights; connections with other thought leaders; and being part of the 'Voice of PLM' that can shape the way that PLM develops.

These benefits are summarised in a downloadable Datasheet.

For vendors, providers and advisers the benefits include a new collective interaction with the user base as the professional criteria are defined; establishing the standards and the value of the professional skills that are already provided; and expanding the overall take-up of PLM as more companies and regions of the world become aware and better able to adopt.

These are summarised in a downloadable Value Proposition.



How to Join


If you would like to join the Steering Group, you can Register here.

You will receive a copy of the Summary Document and an Overview of ongoing activity, and then we can arrange a specific Briefing Session for you and your colleagues.

You can request more information via .

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