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Due to the ever-increasing rate of change, it has become important for manufacturers to define, track, and implement change management technologies throughout the product development lifecycle. Successful product introductions are driven by technological innovations, customer and market expectations, and new material and manufacturing advancements. Brand recognition, customer experience and product differentiation are all strategic drivers from product planning conception through aftersales service offerings.

How robust is the change management process throughout your company’s engineering product development lifecycle? Leading business consulting firms report that when surveyed, 85% of companies stated they could improve their engineering change management processes. Additionally, companies without PLM-focused engineering changes are up to 40% less effective meeting both project milestones and program requirements as compared to companies that use PLM.

In this ever-demanding customer driven market, a robust change management process is critical to tracking components and their related engineering, manufacturing and sales bill of materials. Several standalone change management solutions exist on the market today. This blog will highlight three specific advantages Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA Enterprise Change Management offers that other change management solutions may not.

Formal, Informal, and Standalone Change Options

Change management is not a “one size fits all” process. Having the flexibility to tailor change templates, automate notifications, create various approval routes, and analyze metrics are just some of ENOVIA’s Enterprise Change Management standard capabilities. Utilizing these options, businesses can pursue any combination of change requests and change orders informally, formally, or individually [user driven requests] through standalone change proposals. These functions offer transparency across project teams, exposing responsibility and accountability and, most importantly, form standardized processes to tear down silos in organizations.

Invisible Governance and Change Automation

With the increased complexity in EBOM and MBOM structures, more stakeholders oversee product lifecycle changes than ever before. Comprehensive oversight is necessary to reduce cycle time delays and budget overruns. To alleviate these concerns, ENOVIA’s latest release added automated features for tracking issues and risks; a helpful aid since change [approval] workflows can be elaborate and inefficient. By implementing new logic and rules, “Invisible Governance” is becoming a term used to describe capabilities that minimize these workflow concerns.

Model Based Product Definition in PLM

Engineering Change Management functionality has evolved significantly within Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA applications. The transition from file based product definition to model based product definition has been influenced by Dassault Systèmes approach to what is now defined as Enterprise Change Management. While moving to model based definition is truly transformational, doing so offers an integrated change process which can quantifiably improve your business in many ways. One example is improving the workload efficiency for Product Engineers. Because model based EBOM changes (for either sub-assemblies or piece parts) offer more granular data, such as effectivity and where the product was used, it’s easier than ever before to interpret proposed changes and track them through design, implementation, and validation.

Evaluating these business transformations options is challenging.  Consider Razorleaf consulting services to assist your company while navigating that transition. It begins with understanding engineering change management methodologies; let us help you define them specifically for your business!

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