Cloud-based or on-premise PLM

27 APR

Can we choose cloud-based PLM over on-premise and keep all the benefits?

As a Solution Architect, I often discuss deployment options with companies engaged in implementing a PLM system. Even though each company has its own requirements in terms of IT infrastructure, IT knowledge and staff, rules and regulations, it is always useful to consider various deployment alternatives. This blog post examines some benefits of working on the cloud versus on-premise options, and shares some tips on how to think when implementing a cloud-based PLM solution.

When is running your PLM solution on the cloud a brilliant idea?

Running your PLM solution on the cloud is an efficient way for a small business or startup to begin using PLM, but it is also an excellent choice for a large global corporation that has users spread over multiple locations, considering the performance that a cloud-based system can provide.

If your current solution is slow and has a long response time, then users inevitably start using ad-hoc workarounds outside of the system. This may lead to a loss of control of business data and processes, with collaboration and information flow throughout the organisation soon deteriorating. When the application performs reliably, on the other hand, both productivity and user satisfaction increases.

A PLM solution on a cloud-based platform often improves performance, thanks to its robust architecture and service uptime. This results in satisfied users who can log in and work without disruption. The cloud-based solution recommended by Nextage also lets you scale your infrastructure and usage up or down according to need.

Teamcenter NVP adds extra value

Teamcenter on cloud is just one of our deployment offerings. Your choice of cloud-based or on-site solution will be based on the Nextage Value Package (NVP), ensuring swift, standardised, high quality implementation of CAD and PLM solutions. NVP incorporates long experience and best industry practices.

How company NP Innovation works with Teamcenter NVP on cloud

A great example of choosing a cloud-based Teamcenter implemented with NVP is NP Innovation, a startup company seeking full product lifecycle management system support with no heavy investment in hardware or IT staff.
Implementing the Teamcenter PLM system brought many benefits to NP Innovation, including halving the time spent searching for product data, 50% higher re-use of existing designs and data, and total accuracy in bill of material (BOM) management. Their cloud-based, on subscription solution added extended value, as they have total control over performance and costs.

Points to consider before going cloud

Be sure to assess your organisation in the following respects:

  • Is your organisation agile and can it adapt to this type of platform rapidly?
  • What type of change management or training will be needed?
  • Can any staff be trained to serve as superusers, administering the team and helping other users during the learning process?

One important aspect to remember is that a cloud-based solution may allow swifter deployment of new functions. Make sure that:

  • Your users are trained or ready to start using the new functions
  • Your users have an understanding of the business value arising from use of the new functionality

Some type of migration is often necessary before moving to the cloud, and so it is important for you to:

  • Analyse and verify your data and business processes
  • Conduct a pre-study to ensure that the migration of data and processes aligns with company strategy and business goals

What are your thoughts and observations on moving your PLM system to the cloud?

Per Jannok, Solution Specialist, Nextage


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NP Innovation story

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Per Jannok, Solution Specialist, Nextage

Teamcenter, PLM, Strategy