Flexible Out of the Box PLM: Not Just A Dream

Out of the Box (OOTB) PLM is somewhat of a unicorn within the world of PLM; some claim that it is perhaps a dream while others claim that it is a fantasy. People believe that if it can be done, it can never be flexible or configurable. Are these critics of OOTB PLM right? Perhaps once upon a time they were, but today’s world is one in which innovation prospers and technology is transformed. This article will discuss how OOTB PLM is more than capable of being flexible and configurable.

The false notion that OOTB can not be flexible is adapted by many of the biggest names in PLM, and yet it isn’t true. A common misconception is that OOTB PLM companies see flexibility and adapting to business needs as a bad thing. Of course they don’t, however, that type of customization, as well as traditional PLM is often a negative for businesses because it locks them in to an unchangeable software that will have to be completely remade as the business matures. So, the logical thing to do is fuse the two ideas together, while also making them more efficient: a flexible, Out of the Box PLM with good defaults that can easily be changed. Different types of workflows based on industry, use cases and so on have to be built into the software to meet all needs in almost all cases. Not every case can be thought of by the PLM vendor, so changes must be available if they are needed. These changes are made to the high level functioning starting points that are already in use. When this is applied to a PLM that is in the Cloud, the benefits are even greater. Not only is there no need to upgrade your PLM software in the traditional sense of the word because your software is upgraded for you, any changes, be it configuration or integration, that another user requests will be available to all users. So, the software is ever changing, ever growing, and always learning from other customers to the benefit of all users. Establishing this form of PLM is vital for OOTB function, whose benefits far outweigh traditional PLM. Companies using the system can quickly get a supplier setup with key functionalities and afterward use API’s to integrate with their systems across all company boundaries.

Ideal OOTB PLM is flexible and allows for easy configuration to fit a customer’s needs. Regular OOTB PLM often gives people lots of useful practices that cannot be changed. On the flip side, there is traditional PLM which allows for changes, yet these changes are very costly and come with a lot of work and time to implement them to ensure that they even work. Thus, an OOTB closest to what you need, with flexible configuration options that won’t lock you in and prevent upgrading is what the market requires, but has so far lacked. Upchain has created a software that ensures the OOTB PLM software is flexible, regularly updated and much less costly than traditional PLM. Visit Upchain to learn more and request a demo.