Upgrade

To help manufacturers effectively respond to changing technology and business demands, Software Vendors continuously add features to their software solutions. Manufacturers strive to maximize investments in their PLM systems and feel constant pressure to upgrade to the latest and greatest technology available. However, often in this pursuit vital areas beyond technology capabilities go unnoticed, leading to a multitude of challenges post-upgrade and, ultimately, failure of the project.
Vital areas beyond technology capabilities go unnoticed, leading to a multitude of challenges post-upgrade and, ultimately, failure of the project

The Poorly Planned and Executed Upgrade

Common problems experienced include:
  • Loss of business continuity: A previously operational system ceases to support the business post-upgrade
  • Cost overruns: Underestimated scope leads to failed iterations and cost overruns
  • Performance: Ambitious timelines prevailing over underlying complexities lead to quality issues
  • Complex customization: Difficult and sometimes impossible alignment of new Out-of-the-Box (OOTB) features with customizations developed over a period of time delay the project, result in cost overruns, and disappoint the user community
  • Global collaboration: Simultaneous rollout out at geographically distributed locations without considering the site specific issues leads to unplanned and frequent downtime
  • User acceptance: Resistance to new functionalities and reaction to the change in user experience and business processes reduces adoption of the upgraded system
For a smooth and stable deployment, it is necessary beforehand to have a holistic assessment of the impact of the upgrade on the business and an aligned execution strategy. With thorough assessment of the existing PLM environment, key challenges are identified, clear benefits of an upgraded PLM landscape are defined, thereby enabling customers to make the right decisions. Geometric’s execution methodology ensures “Right First Time” upgrades for all stakeholders of your PLM system, regardless of geographic location.
 

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