Integrate PLM With ERP

Walter Little | Product Manager

Why Manufacturers Should Integrate Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) with Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions (ERP)

Chances are your manufacturing business is already reaping the benefits of product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. Engineers and product development teams typically use PLM platforms to manage the entire product development cycle and its processes. Meanwhile, multi-disciplinary teams from sales and marketing, to finance and manufacturing floor personnel look to the ERP to guide them through the critical decisions that impact the bottom line. In this, the fifth blog in our ERP integration series, we will examine the many benefits manufacturing businesses can realize by using Strategic’s solutions for integrating PLM with ERP.

Staying Competitive by Integrating PLM and ERP

Manufacturers are facing unprecedented challenges such as upended supply chains and raw materials shortages, which make it difficult to actually get products from manufacturing sites to consumers. Integrating PLM and ERP systems can boost these capabilities substantially, a vital tool to remain competitive. In fact, research by Aberdeen Group found that 59% of manufacturers have already integrated PLM with ERP, and concluded that there is a clear connection to company performance.

Benefits to integrating these two business critical systems include:

If your PLM solutions are siloed, Strategic Information Group offers turnkey ERP/PLM integration solutions that can provide your organization with a competitive advantage in record time.

Turnkey Integration Solutions

Strategic has developed seamless integrations that manufacturers can use to get the most out of their product lifecycle management solution. Strategic has developed relationships with leading PLM platforms Agile, Arena, and Omnify to bring turnkey integration solutions to connect PLM data with their QAD ERP. Additionally, our deep understanding of QAD’s data structure accelerates time-to-value with pre-built connectors, standards integrations, and content packs to get you timely, meaningful data from day one.

Agile PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Using Strategic’s SIGConnects interface for Agile, you get a complete interface to QAD to ensure a fast, seamless, and cost-effective integration. With Agile you get a comprehensive suite of applications for product definition management and change control. By managing your day-to-day engineering information in Agile, you can be confident the data you need for product management will be automatically transferred to your QAD databases.

Arena PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) By utilizing Strategic’s integration solution for Arena, you’ll be working with a certified Arena Trusted Advisor Partner as well as a QAD Alliance Partner, ensuring a superior customer experience that will get your newly-integrated systems up and running fast. Arena electronically manages product configurations, related documents, and bills of materials, empowering you to manage the product process workflow, electronic sign-off, and notifications. Using our standard interface, your Arena integration project can take as little as one week.

Omnify PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) This special adaptation of SIGConnects provides a seamless interface to Omnify Software’s on-demand PLM solution. Omnify Empower PLM offers visibility into the entire product development process to speed product development cycles, improve innovation, and deliver significant cost-savings. It provides a single, secure location to manage the complete product record including component data, bill of materials, engineering change, document, project, quality/CAPA, training records, and compliance information.

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If you are looking for fast ROI, streamlined business processes, better resource utilization, and increased business agility that delivers a competitive advantage, ERP product lifecycle management integration solutions for QAD are an excellent choice. Talk with us to learn more and find out which of our solutions is right for you.

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