20 May 2020

PLM-ERP Integration: 9 Things to Consider Before Implementation

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) integration is one of those life-changing technologies in a manufacturer’s world that brings order and improves efficiency in a system such as your supply chain. Here are 5 ways in which a PLM-ERP integration improves supply chain agility. Therefore, it becomes that much more important to ensure you implement a successful integration with minimal roadblocks during the process.

PLM and ERP are two different business systems, with the former used to manage the product designing and engineering and the latter handling the manufacturing and distribution aspects. However, they are closely connected as they are both parts of the entire supply chain.

Why integrate?

Integrating these two systems allows for better collaboration between all the different stakeholders and departments in the chain. As a result, PLM and ERP integration helps achieve a streamlined system with higher data accuracy, fewer errors, better time and resource utilization, more costs saved, and higher customer satisfaction.

Factors to consider before implementation

Now, let’s say you’ve decided to get a PLM-ERP integration solution for your manufacturing business. What next? As with any integration implementation, your PLM-ERP also needs some preparation before you get started. So, considering a few essential factors beforehand helps you boost the implementation success.

Here is a list of things that are important to be looked into before you begin implementation to ensure that the entire process is hassle-free and quick:

1. All-inclusiveness

2. Innovation board

3. Process placement

4. Integrated process

5. Collaboration

6. Single implementation approach

7. Outside-the-box approach

8. Focus on business impact

9. User education

Our in-house experts, Paul Van Eijk and Eric van Hofwegen, have created a checklist to help you prepare for this complex process. The above list is just a brief on what’s covered in the checklist.

Download and read our checklist to get the complete details on how these factors play a vital role in your integration implementation.


Consider these 9 factors before implementing PLM-ERP integration.

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Peter van Leeuwen
Peter van Leeuwen,
Peter van Leeuwen,
Manufacturing Industry Specialist

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