Agile Product Lifecycle Management is a critical business application, which represents a significant investment. It’s vital that Agile be well maintained and managed, to ensure maximum availability in addressing any business processes changes.

PLM Systems help manage complex cross functional workflows both internal and external.  It coordinates efforts throughout distributed teams, who all contribute, to the manufacturing of a product.  The benefit of applying proper best practice and software is faster time to market, increased productivity, better designs, higher overall quality, lower cost and constant insight to the development process.

The software used to execute PLM is of enterprise level by definition and it touches multiple manufacturing enterprise areas.  Knowledge of how each area uses PLM, the processes involved and to apply industry best practice is key to full utilization of the software.  Unfortunately companies across the spectrum often simply do not have the headcount or the full complement of expertise required to take full advantage in order to gain complete benefit of each PLM module or area.

A quick self-assessment can help a manufacturing companies understand if they’re missing something they should be taking advantage of:

“We know we need more related help but can’t hire all the roles needed to round out implementation and use of our PLM capability… its cost prohibitive.”

Relying on an in-house multi-role person for ad-hoc PLM application support pulls that resource away from other core business function whether that function is researching a better solution for lack of experience, or contributing directly to the business in other ways. Also, an in house PLM IT team requires salaries, benefits and office real estate in order to get the job done. With Domain, you are paying only for the resources you use.

“We struggle to prioritize our Agile needs.”

You may have Agile modules that are not fully utilized or even implemented.  Delay in implementation is costly and defeats the value proposition for having the module in the first place.  Domain’s thorough understanding of your vertical coupled with industry best practice ensures that you are getting the best value and ROI for your organization

“We seem to continuously have PLM related needs and issues.”

When you don’t have the proper Agile PLM resources available, security and down-time can become serious problems that can dramatically hinder your ability to grow as well as to take full advantage of this critical enterprise system. You end up addressing the symptoms of a problem without addressing the root causes, which leaves Agile in a break-fix cycle that is never-ending and nightmarish. Turning the hassle of PLM support over to Domain, you can rest assured that your issues are being remediated correctly, the first time around. This will result in an increased quality and reliability of Agile’s comprehensive solution.

“We don’t really have enough or any dedicated Agile IT staff.”

If your in-house Agile PLM expert is someone who handles the technology responsibilities of your organization on top of their other primary responsibilities, then that person probably spends most of their time putting out fires instead of taking proactive and preventative measures to strengthen your PLM environments. This is where Domain Systems could provide value to firms who already have internal IT teams.

“Our current Agile staff are focused on ad-hoc issue resolution, instead of preventative and ongoing maintenance and module development.”

This is a common problem. Most organizations devote in-house resources to maintaining the current environment. This involves patches, troubleshooting and provisioning if that. While this is vital to keeping your PLM application up and running, it leaves very little time for your Agile Team to focus on big, strategic issues that could potentially deliver even more value. Involving Domain will allow for issues to be detected early, solved and prevented from happening again.

“Our current Agile staff doesn’t have the required expertise to solve all of our PLM & related application problems.”

Outsourcing the day-to-day maintenance of your PLM technology allows for companies of all sizes to be able to have expert resources available to support their application needs whether it’s, performance optimization, creating best practice security models or implementing an adapter to ERP. Bringing in additional Agile resources to an organization brings both a depth and a breadth of information gained through experience in solving PLM issues.

Knowledgeable application support for Agile PLM is not easy to come by.  With more and more partners specializing in Oracle’s Agile, one might conclude that, so to must follow an equal number of competent solutions. Sadly, this has not been the case.

Operating a state-of-the-art application support hinges upon having consultant-level engineering staff who demonstrate mastery of every possible Agile use within an enterprise.  Such individuals must have (1) knowledge of the many technical components of Agile PLM, coalesced with (2) a best practice knowledge of Agile PLM’s various different industry applications.

Domain Systems helps to fill in the blanks by offering Center of Excellence (CoE).  Within CoE are application support offerings, which incorporate managed services using best practices appropriate for the client.  The idea is to work with the client to understand gaps in the roadmap and overall PLM picture, then plug them with expertise.

We can customize an offering or let the customer take advantage of one of the support plans available.  Let us help you see what you may be missing, while saving you a bundle of money.

If you would like to know more about obtaining best-practice application support for your Agile environment, click here  or you can contact one of our representatives, at (+1)1.801.447.6826.