2. Configuration Management
Configuration management (CM) is the broad term for all the processes associated with maintaining the configuration of product information. A CM strategy includes naming and numbering, tracking versions and effectivity of usage, how to change a configuration and how to report and audit your product configuration over time. Firstly you must decide what are your configuration items. These could include virtual parts, cad documents, physical parts or process data. Often companies have a CM strategy that has grown organically without defining it explicitly. Have you defined and documented CM strategy in your company? Whatever your CM strategy you must consider it in PLM.
3. Data Management
Data management is a collection of processes to ensure where and when product data should exist within your company. To stop confusion and reduce noise in the organisation all data should not be available for all personnel at all times. One common example is when releasing engineering data to production. Purchasing and manufacturing departments should only get data from design engineering that is fully validated for use. Therefore we must ensure we have robust processes and procedures to ensure this data is correct at the point of use. What is your data management strategy? Is your data flow chaotic or have you got your data management under control? A data management strategy is vitally important in PLM.
Often overlooked in the context of product lifecycle management is communication. How do you communicate tasks, decisions, actions, feedback, project status, change requests... actually all intra-company communication? Do you use Skype, Microsoft Teams, Slack, email, face-to-face meetings, remote meetings, paper-based communication or something else? Any communication that affects the product directly or indirectly could be considered as part of PLM. Have you considered the communication strategy as part of PLM?