Our consulting process for your PLM

Half of all PLM projects fail due to a lack of competence in terms of method, process model or system. This shows how important support from experienced and system-neutral consultants is in PLM analysis and the PLM strategy as well as the implementation derived from it.

We support companies with extensive methodological know-how and many years of PLM experience to identify potentials for increasing efficiency in the product process and to implement optimizations.

PLM: Another system?

We believe that PLM is not a system, but a process. The key lies in optimal collaboration between the business units - starting with design and ending with disposal. PLM represents an end-to-end approach that provides consistent product data management by integrating processes, methods and tools. It follows from this: A PLM project is not an IT implementation project.

A PLM project consists of five phases:

The first phase of the PLM project is also the most important. This is where the course is set for success or failure. The following aspects must be considered in the project preparation:

  • Strategy and vision:
    PLM is not department- or division-specific. PLM must be built into the corporate strategy, because an isolated view does not create added value. The strategy also defines the indicators for successful implementation - only those who know where the journey is to go will know when they have reached their destination. A lack of company-wide strategy also explains why many PLM projects fail when they only consider the development department.
  • Management involvement:
    The management level must support the strategy and actively accompany the project. Only if the PLM concept is understood by management can the necessary financial and human resources be made available and the individual areas integrated. Involving those responsible for product management, development, production and service is a must. They should understand PLM and support decisions.
  • Prioritization:
    A PLM project is an investment in the future and requires experienced project members and time. Without appropriate prioritization at the management level, project resources will be caught up in day-to-day business.
  • Acceptance:
    Appropriate communication measures should be used to keep affected employees* regularly informed. A PLM project brings many changes, which is why acceptance is crucial for success.

In this phase, the work processes are analyzed with documentation of the ACTUAL processes. A comparison of the PLM maturity (results from the PLMeter assessment) of processes and system (existing IT infrastructure) can provide indications of any gaps. This phase forms the starting point for designing solutions and provides initial definitions in the direction of the TARGET state.

During the process analysis, interviews are conducted with all relevant departments to identify needs in the direction of the system or organization.

A sustainable PLM concept is developed on the basis of strategy and process analysis. This defines the central PLM tasks in the company.

In this phase, the entire organization must be taken into account and a system-neutral solution must be developed in order to achieve a successful PLM implementation. This ensures that the focus is on the processes and not the system.

In this phase, possible business models are evaluated as system-neutral solutions. Recommendations for action are focused with regard to horizontal and vertical integration.

Under cost-benefit aspects, a decision template is developed for management, which provides indications of the PLM-compliant system architecture.

The results of this phase (requirements specification, user stories) are the basis for the PLM project. Based on the evaluated business models, the scope of the potential PLM project is defined in this phase.

The first phase of the PLM project is also the most important. This is where the course is set for success or failure. The following aspects must be considered in the project preparation:

  • Strategy and vision:
    PLM is not department- or division-specific. PLM must be built into the corporate strategy, because an isolated view does not create added value. The strategy also defines the indicators for successful implementation - only those who know where the journey is to go will know when they have reached their destination. A lack of company-wide strategy also explains why many PLM projects fail when they only consider the development department.
  • Management involvement:
    The management level must support the strategy and actively accompany the project. Only if the PLM concept is understood by management can the necessary financial and human resources be made available and the individual areas integrated. Involving those responsible for product management, development, production and service is a must. They should understand PLM and support decisions.
  • Prioritization:
    A PLM project is an investment in the future and requires experienced project members and time. Without appropriate prioritization at the management level, project resources will be caught up in day-to-day business.
  • Acceptance:
    Appropriate communication measures should be used to keep affected employees* regularly informed. A PLM project brings many changes, which is why acceptance is crucial for success.

In this phase, the work processes are analyzed with documentation of the ACTUAL processes. A comparison of the PLM maturity (results from the PLMeter assessment) of processes and system (existing IT infrastructure) can provide indications of any gaps. This phase forms the starting point for designing solutions and provides initial definitions in the direction of the TARGET state.

During the process analysis, interviews are conducted with all relevant departments to identify needs in the direction of the system or organization.

A sustainable PLM concept is developed on the basis of strategy and process analysis. This defines the central PLM tasks in the company.

In this phase, the entire organization must be taken into account and a system-neutral solution must be developed in order to achieve a successful PLM implementation. This ensures that the focus is on the processes and not the system.

In this phase, possible business models are evaluated as system-neutral solutions. Recommendations for action are focused with regard to horizontal and vertical integration.

Under cost-benefit aspects, a decision template is developed for management, which provides indications of the PLM-compliant system architecture.

The results of this phase (requirements specification, user stories) are the basis for the PLM project. Based on the evaluated business models, the scope of the potential PLM project is defined in this phase.

Before you start

The hurdles to getting started with a PLM project are often high. On the one hand, there is usually no orientation as to where the company is on the PLM map, and on the other hand, PLM is not a finished system or port of destination. PLM is a journey whose destination follows the product processes in the company.

To make it easier for you to decide to start your PLM journey and to recognize the destination, abat has developed the PLMeter. This tool, for analyzing the "PLM location" of a company, was realized based on years of PLM project experience.

In a workshop tailored to your processes and subsequent analysis of processes and tools, we use the PLMeter to create an overall PLM assessment of the relevant areas as well as precisely tailored recommendations for action and implementation strategies. In the next step, you decide on the implementation and the composition of the solution modules.

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The PLMeter from abat was developed on the basis of years of PLM project experience and makes the need for action visible within a very short time.

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Vivien

Consultant
Bremen

I like working at abat because there is a very pleasant, appreciative working atmosphere here with a lot of freedom. There is a lot of trust, so you also have the freedom to try out something new - but if it doesn't work out, there is also the necessary support. That's how I've learned so much! In addition, if you have problems while working in the home office, you can often quickly find colleagues who are happy to help you out via teams.

Tim

Senior SAP Developer
Bremen

At abat, thanks to the great variety of projects, I have the opportunity to constantly expand my horizons and thus always be prepared for upcoming challenges.

Tina

Internal Service
Bremen

Through abat, I have been able to develop personally and get to know the practice better. I always have the opportunity to learn new and exciting things, through which I constantly grow beyond myself.

Sophie

Working student
St. Ingbert

WORK-LIFE-BALANCE is very important at abat. Thanks to flexible working hours and a great team, you can combine work and university very well.

Lisa

Student apprentice
Bremen

Despite the professionalism that abat AG displays to the outside world, it became clear to me during my first few days that this does not have to be a contradiction to fun, friendliness and relaxed interaction among colleagues. The flat hierarchies ensured that I felt comfortable as an intern and like a full member of the team right from the start.

Jona

Student
Bremen

Before I started here, I was already told quite a bit about abat. In the meantime, I can confirm it firsthand: The company is characterized by a modern way of working in which everyone can contribute equally and is also listened to. The team is open-minded and always ready to help.

Simon

Developer
Bremen

I can go for a ride on my racing bike at lunchtime and also visit my parents with my laptop sometimes. There are many different projects that I can choose myself. The mix of flexibility and my own freedom to make decisions - in addition to the great colleagues 😉 - is what makes working at abat so special for me.

Saskia

ISMS Consultant
Bremen

For me, abat is: fun, exciting projects - great customers and colleagues packed into a respectful and trusting atmosphere with plenty of room for continuous development!

Raul

PLM Senior Consultant
Bremen

Why have I enjoyed working at abat for 15 years? Innovative solutions for our customers. Professional depth instead of consultant phrases. Team spirit. Taking on responsibility.

All accompanied by the freedom and support to follow your own path.

Petra

Consultant, Contract Management, Education
Bremen

What I appreciate so much about abat is the respectful interaction with each other; the trust that is given; the many opportunities to develop and grow; the wonderful friendships that have developed over the years and, of course, the joy and variety of the work.

Nils

Senior Consultant
Bremen

The agility of a start-up with the possibilities of a corporation - in and with abat you can take responsibility and create sustainability

Nicolas

Consultant
Bremen

With abat, I associate a hands-on mentality, great collegiality as well as numerous freedoms in my daily work. In short: New Work in action.

Maximilian

Consultant
Bremen

I chose abat because the company's guiding principles are not only a figurehead, but are also lived. Why? Because I have had the experience, starting with the relationship between colleagues and ending with the projects.

Marcel

Consultant
Bremen

What excites me about abat is the opportunity to live out my ideas and creativity in various projects due to the given freedom. Especially in my area for Robotic Process Automation, I can take the automation of processes to a new level.

Martin

Senior Consultant
Bremen

It is the flexible, self-determined work and an incredible team atmosphere that make abat an outstanding employer. In addition, there are exciting activities, projects and customers, which guarantee that there is never a dull moment.

Melissa

ISMS Senior Consultant
Bremen

At abat, I have the freedom to shape my work as I see fit.

Matthias

Senior Consultant
Bremen

In addition to the great flexibility in organizing my work, what I appreciate about abat is the many opportunities and freedom for further development according to my interests.

Lothar

Senior Consultant
Bremen

At abat, I can fully contribute my many years of experience in the design of material flow systems and the connection of automatic warehouse systems and pass it on to younger colleagues. abat is like a big family in which we support and appreciate each other. I really enjoy working here.

Karsten

Senior Consultant
Bremen

At abat, employees are supported and encouraged and can develop according to their own ideas.

Jendrik

SAP Senior Consultant
Bremen

I like being part of the abat team - besides the team spirit, this is especially due to the freedom offered. For me, that means being able to organize my working days individually and learning something new every day.

Hans

ISMS Senior Consultant
Bremen

For me, abat is synonymous with limitless opportunities and a sustainable corporate culture

Frank

Software Developer
St. Ingbert

Work is a big part of life's time and this time is precious. Therefore, I am very grateful to work at abat with people who enhance this time with their helpfulness, inspiring ideas and humanity.

Dominik

Consultant
Bremen

I like everything about abat. Whether in important customer meetings or in the evenings at the bar, you can always rely on my colleagues. I don't regret a single day of being a part of abat, and I hope it stays that way.

Detlef

Senior Consultant
Bremen

At abat, you can organize your work freely, work on your own responsibility, and contribute and implement ideas. Besides, the "we" is always present.

Christina

Senior Consultant & Developer
Bremen

I like being part of the abat family: independent work, flexible working hours, flat hierarchies, helpful and nice colleagues, respectful cooperation. It's simply fun to work in such a great team and environment.

Christian

Developer
Bremen

For me, abat is more than just an employer. I always have the opportunity to help shape both my role in the company and the collaboration. An always open ear for ideas, short communication channels and appreciation for my work give me the feeling of being part of a big family. I feel encouraged to make decisions myself and am not afraid to make a mistake. "Control is good - trust is better".

Bianca

Buchhaltung: Konzern- und Einzelabschluss
Bremen

abat - a piece of the family!

  • Being able to organize your working day on your own responsibility as far as possible
  • teamwork
  • always an open ear for personal concerns

Alina

Senior Consultant
Bremen

I went back to abat because I feel free here and can develop myself.
The mix of flexibility and personal responsibility coupled with such a helpful team that backs you up makes abat a top employer for me.

Andreas

ISMS Senior Consultant
Bremen

I have never worked in such a self-determined and self-reliant way as in this team. Love it.

Annabelle

Business Development
St. Ingbert

For me, working at abat means always being able to contribute my own ideas. In doing so, I can always count on the exchange with my colleagues.

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