Product Lifecycle Intelligence (PLI)

Turn PLM data into insights that improve results

PLI is an evolution of PLM focused on mining insights from product development data that has accumulated within PLM environments and other integrated business systems. Powered by advanced analytics and machine learning techniques, PLI helps organizations identify patterns, form predictions and prescribe improvements to product development metrics like cycle time, change frequency, rejection rate, quality, performance and manufacturability.

PLI derives actionable insights from enterprise system data to address core business needs, helping our clients gain understanding, reliably plan and forecast, and continuously improve results.

We offer pre-configured PLI apps to add rapid value, custom app development, and Design for Insights services to clean and prep your data for analytics.

Addressing Core Business Needs

Maximize the Value of PLM Data

You're just starting your PLM roadmap, or you're a mature user sitting on months, even years, of untapped business data.

Optimize R&D Performance

You're an R&D, engineering or product development leader with performance commitments to uphold like system adoption, cycle time, change frequency, design reuse, first pass yield, cost and quality.

Drive Continuous Product Development Improvements

You want to understand how PLM impacts your results, how to predict or forecast future results more reliably, and how to continuously drive improvements.

Put the Power of Analytics to Work

You're intrigued by the promise of analytics but you are wholly unsatisfied with the capabilities of legacy PLM reporting and business intelligence products.

A Data-Driven Approach to Solving Problems

PLI uses advanced analytics to get more insights from your data. While Excel and other legacy reporting techniques can help companies manually explore and begin to explain business performance, PLI enables the ability to predict outcomes and prescribe actions for improvement.

PLI helps innovators:

Explore

What happened?

Explore current and historical product development performance metrics.

Explain

Why did it happen?

Explain performance trends with multivariate statistics, identify important patterns, correlations and root causes.

Predict

What will happen?

Forecast future performance based on predictive analytics and machine learning techniques. Set reliable expectations on cycle time, cost, quality and manufacturability.

Prescribe

What recommendations will optimize future outcomes?

Prescribe evidence-based recommendations to improve future outcomes. Simulate alternate scenarios and optimize decision levers to make the best decisions.

Existing PLI Applications

These pre-configured PLI apps add rapid value, with fixed-price services that include implementation, support for custom data models, development of custom reports and mashups, and model evaluation.

PLI + PLM

PLM data is available, plentiful and structured, making PLM a logical starting point for many companies, with clear benefits in R&D and new product development.

PLM System Adoption

Analyze how users are using PLM, level of engagement and productive output.

Data Quality

Enrich PLM data quality - identify duplicates, incomplete, anomalous and erroneous data.

Cycle Time

Analyze new product development and engineering change cycle times. Improve time to market.

Change Frequency

Analyze design robustness and change volatility patterns. Reduce number of design changes.

Rework / Rejection

Analyze design approval and rejection patterns. Improve ‘first time yield’ rates.

Deviations and Variances

Analyze patterns behind deviations and variances. Reduce supplier and manufacturing variances.

Design Re-use and Duplication

Recommend part re-use opportunities and identify part and component duplicates.

PLI + Enterprise Systems

For companies with structured data in other enterprise systems, PLI can provide value to additional teams, including manufacturing, supply chain and service.

Product Performance (with IoT)

Bring performance insights from connected products back into R&D process. Facilitate data-driven design.

Product Quality (with QMS)

Correlate design decisions to product quality results. Predict quality issues and prescribe solutions.

Manufacturing Performance (with MES)

Correlate design decisions to manufacturing performance (scrap, yield, quality).

Cost (with ERP)

Correlate design decisions to product cost. Identify cost reduction opportunities.

Customer Experience (with CRM)

Correlate design decisions to customer experience, adverse events and complaints.

Need a Custom PLI App?

Implementing PLI to address your unique specific business challenges is quick and easy. Our accelerated approach can include:

Discovery Workshop

Complimentary one day workshop to review needs, explore use cases, and identify specific opportunities to prove value

Proof of Value

Two week project to rapidly demonstrate insights from your data, and create a roadmap for business value including ROI and scaling approach

Minimum Viable Solution

Eight to ten week engagement to build out the proof of value into a functional solution, including a use case definition, data preparation, model development and user training

Design for Insights

The value of insights from PLI are only as good as the quality of your PLM data. If you are just getting started with PLM, consolidating multiple systems, or working on cleaning up your PLM data, we can help you structure your data with insights in mind.

With our Design for Insight services, we design an PLM data model that is optimized to extract the insights you need as data accrues.

Our Design for Insight methodology includes:

  • Identify operational imperatives for achieving key business imperatives – time to market, product cost, quality, compliance, feasibility
  • Identify analytical insights that will improve these operational imperatives and organize these into Descriptive, Diagnostic, Predictive, Prescriptive categories
  • Identify the features necessary to support these analytical insights
  • Identify the data points and relationships within PLM that should compose these features
  • Document these data points and relationships to be designed the PLM configuration