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Nothing is Constant but Change

 

In this episode of Minerva PLM TV, I had the pleasure of speaking with Angela Ippisch. She works in the automotive industry as a PLM development engineer at B Plus GmbH. In our session, we talk about Angela’s passion for new technology, including blockchain, and how to start a PLM initiative from scratch.

Like many others, Angela got into the PLM realm by accident. She started out as a mechanical engineer and slowly transitioned into her current PLM developer role through different data management and PLM-related projects. Now, with more than 10 years of PLM experience, her excitement and enthusiasm about the subject serves as inspiration for upcoming PLM developers

In this free-form discussion, we spend some time talking about how PLM makes a difference in mechatronic companies where Angela shares her best pieces of advice. She touches on the importance of solid master data and databases. Finally, with great enthusiasm, she shares what she learned and how you can use her experiences in your daily work.

 

“Ordnung muss sein”

There is this proverbial German expression, “Ordnung muss sein”, translates into “there must be order”. And if she was able to travel back in time, Angela would like to go back 20 years and tell the founders of her company the importance of building a futureproof parts database, ideally without having 12 different names for the same parts manufacturer.

She would also tell them that a solid database is critical on the path to success. One of the core tasks when implementing PLM is to clean your existing data so it works in the PLM system. As the adage goes, garbage in garbage out. Eliminate the garbage so you are better able to organize a logical structure for your parts, BOMs, and documents from the beginning.

As she mentions in the episode, no software in the world will bring you benefit if you have bad data. You need a solid database. Even if you start small, make sure you have the right structure and naming for your data.

There must be order!

 

You are never really done with PLM

New technology frequently emerges with great potential for enhancing our daily lives and job tasks. This is also the case with PLM. Five years ago, practically nobody talked about interoperability. Today, it is on everyone’s lips. Tomorrow, it might be blockchain.

Handling a PLM system in a business and an industry that is constantly evolving, and where innovation seems to be the only way to survive, can be a serious challenge. One of the most important lessons for Angela is that change is constant. You need to be able to accept changing or removing features that required a lot of time to develop.

You might have change management processes that were made to perform a certain way. You have spent hours to achieve the perfect flow and programming. Everything is perfect. But suddenly, your business becomes bigger. Or you need the input from an additional department. And now you must change the process, again.

This is inherently the way of business. What worked yesterday will not always work tomorrow. You must accept that nothing is static, change is constant and internal as well as external forces may force you to change.

What is your advice?

What are your questions or takeaways?

Do you have experience with change initiatives? What tips would you add to this list?

Want to share your story with the community? Drop me a line, I would love to talk to you and help get your story out.

 

About the author

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore has more than 15 years of experience in Business Transformation across different industries. Her extensive experience includes helping companies navigate complex regulatory requirements through software solutions. She has been developing and deploying large, multi-faceted enterprise software project, driving revenues as well as market adoption.

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