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From the Back Cover

The first guide to this revolutionary productivity-enhancing system

This groundbreaking book introduces the next evolution of lean thinking: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). PLM expert Michael Grieves shows how to roll out this integrated, information-driven approach across an entire company--to increase organizational agility, optimize efficiency and drastically reduce time-to-market.

Praise for Product Lifecycle Management

"The depth with which Michael Grieves explores PLM and the manner in which he describes its origin is exceptional.  As we see new markets emerging for PLM, the universe of possibilities is limitless.  This book should be considered a staple in business." --Tony Affuso, Chairman, CEO and President, UGS

"Michael Grieves has captured the "big idea" of PLM. Michael expertly explains how information and digital modeling can reduce cost, improve quality, and ignite innovation. 'Do you really understand the nature of information and your products?' Michael's book is a terrific source to expand your knowledge and begin the PLM journey!"  --Lorie Buckingham, Senior Vice President and CIO, Visteon Corporation  

"If you want to know precisely the proper way to use the product information in your company, this is the book to explain the whys and wherefores and the specific steps to complete that process.  Mike Grieves' book Product Lifecycle Management just raised the bar to a new level!"  --John Crary, CIO, Lear Corporation

"Product Lifecycle Management is an innovative book that will be highly useful tool when integrating all the business processes of a product's life cycle." --Mohan Tanniru, MIS Dept Head, University of Arizona

About the Author

Dr. Michael Grieves founded the Product Lifecycle Management Development Consortium, University of Michigan's College of Engineering and served as its Co-Director. He developed the first on-line Product Lifecycle Management Overview course for College's Center for Professional Development and organizes and chairs the annual University of Michigan AUTOe IT Conference. Grieves also is affiliated with the University of Arizona's internationally ranked MIS Department. Grieves works with PLM users and suppliers to companies such as General Electric, IBM, and Toyota on PLM strategies and implementations. With 35 years industry experience, Grieves is a principal in the international management and IT consulting firm Core Strategies Inc., and serves on the boards of a number of technology companies.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071452303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071452304
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Grieves book on PLM is a fundamental primer on a subject basic to anyone involved devloping, marketing, buying and using a product. In other words, if your in business you should read this book. Importantly, his overview is comprehensive and provides a complete framework for understanding the scope and complexity of the practice in the modern manufacturing environment. The message is clear, you can't buy Product Lifecycle Management, you have to do Product Life Cycle Management. Whether your just beginning to look at PLM or are re-configuring your current capabilities, I would recomend everyone involved give this book a thorough read. I know my team will.
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This is another book that could be about said in 3/4 of the pages it takes. It describes a system that everyone can visualize that has been a product manager for a short period of time. It also talks in big picture/theoretical terms and does not really get very specific.
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I think that Dr. Grieves book presents a compelling next step in how companies AND their outsourced suppliers can collaborate over the entire lifetime of the customer relationship to insure that customers continue to get satisfaction from their products.

Think about it this way: If you are buying a car that you are going to own for 5 years, don't you want to make sure that 4 years in to that ownership experience, the company that makes the fuel injection system has told the dealer about its new, updated software system for improving mileage . . . so you can get the benefit from it?

Without a unified approach to sharing information across functions and across time, there is no way the car company, the outsourced supplier and the dealer could make that happen. That is the essential breakthrough of PLM thinking, and Dr. Grieves does a great job of explaining it.

There is a lot of value here for companies in any industry that is characterized by a global, interconnected supply chain and a rapidly changing product lifecycle.

Marshall Toplansky

CEO

Core Strategies, Inc.

Irvine, CA
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Most of the book is broad generalities - 'Silos are bad', 'Sharing product information across the organization is good' etc. No revelations, nothing new in this book. Maybe, just maybe it was relevant in 2005.

What took the cake was a section where the author tells us that, in the period 1973-2003, GM has grown 5.3x, Ford 7.1, GE 11.1x and Walmart 2031x! OK, wow! I am impressed that Walmart has grown so much more compared to GM, Ford and GE. I read on to see where this is going. Maybe he is going to tell us why the industrial companies lag Walmart, and how it ties in to PLM.

But no, in one broad sweep, the author tells us that the use of Information Systems is the only reason for this growth, not factors like "... organizational efficiency, ... current crop of executives ..., new methods of production ..."

What a senseless contention! If the intent was to stress the importance of IS, there are a thousand other ways to do it.

Overall, a book written without too much thought, or much research.
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