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Linx-AS PLM Vision Methodology

PLM Visioning

Your business has made a strategic investment in SAP, looking forward to long-term rewards and ROI.

Yet, as enterprise pain points emerge in innovation processes, product development, commercialization, manufacturing, and compliance, companies often react outside of strategic context, sometimes with point solutions that have redundant functionality in SAP.

Vision Methodology™ for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) was designed to help companies avoid reacting to pain points. Instead, it provides a framework for business and IT leadership to make strategic decisions over time, with consideration of industry benchmarking and trends, SAP technology roadmap, and the unique processes that make each company successful.

Vision Methodology is the product of Linx-AS’s PLM and SAP consulting experience that reaches back to the late 1990s. In our work with clients over the years, a formula for planning and project success has emerged, and Linx-AS has since packaged these best practices in a structured process called Vision Methodology.

The Visioning Process for PLM

business-meeting1-2 Days. Engage lays the groundwork for the visioning. Together, we will:

  • Establish the core team of resources required
  • Set executive goals and business expectations
  • Audit the current SAP/IT landscape
  • Evaluate and document known pain points.

business-flowchart1-4 Weeks. During Focus, the team looks at a specific business process or group of processes to determine efficiencies, inefficiencies, and how SAP or complementary solutions can optimize the business. This phase includes:

  • Workshops with business users and IT
  • SAP PLM educational sessions and solution demonstrations
  • Process analytics and best-practice benchmarking

man-with-tablet1-2 Weeks. Vision synthesizes the findings into a PLM road map: prioritized, incremental projects supported by business case and resource requirements. Each project has phase-gate ROI goals, so a measure of success, consistency, and progress can be documented as the larger strategic vision rolls out. We deliver to you:

  • PLM Vision Strategy
  • PLM Project Plans
  • Executive Presentation

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We deliver valuable assets to build your business case and execute a strategic PLM program.

PLM Vision

Findings & analysis from workshops, prioritization of PLM opportunity, business-case building blocks, PLM road map, detailed cost/resource estimate, and cost-benefit analysis

Incremental Project Plans

Project plans for PLM road map initiatives with initial project plan provided in detail; subsequent projects will be created at a higher level due to initial project dependencies.

Executive Presentation

A C-level presentation highlighting the vision process, findings & business benefits, and path forward; delivered to your team remotely or in person as agreed upon during the discovery phase

Evaluation Focus Areas

Vision Methodology evaluates businesses in seven principal areas with relationship to SAP data, objects, and process enablers:

  • Product Data Management
  • Global Specification Management
  • Design Engineering/Configuration Management
  • Formula Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Innovation Management
  • Portfolio & Project Management


Key Data & Objects

Material Master Knowledge Management
Bill of Materials Project Management
Master Recipe Resource Management
Specifications Recipe Management
Regulatory Content Ideation
Quality Inspection Methods Concept Development
Documents Intellectual Property Management

Process Enablers

User Experience
Change & Status Management
Document Management
  • "The integrated processes and information provided by the Global PLM project are helping Scotts to continually improve its ability to efficiently identify, define, develop and launch products. The foundation of accurate product information, in parallel with improving ongoing business processes with our business partners, should provide a valuable source of information to improve our strategic and operational decisions on a long-term basis.”
    Scott HendrickSenior Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer & CIO, Scotts Miracle-Gro
  • "With Linx-AS, we implemented complementary SAP PLM technologies to address immediate business challenges while instilling best practices of a long-term strategic vision."
    Linx-AS ClientChemicals/Paints & Coatings
  • "The visioning process brings clarity to the business value of PLM and delivers detailed next steps in the form of executable project plans"
    Linx-AS ClientConsumer Goods/Beverage
  • "Strategic visioning and education on the PLM capabilities in SAP let us correct key master data issues in the short term, while building a strong foundation for a PLM program."
    Linx-AS CustomerMeat Products
  • "Linx-AS helped Welch Allyn implement a company-wide Package Labeling Solution built on SAP GLM including GTIN barcoding. As a result, we're expanding the solution to address product labeling, making GLM the company-wide standard for all labeling requirements."
    Richard ThomasBusiness Application Manager at Welch Allyn