Overall Satisfaction with SAP PLM
SAP PLM is being used by the whole manufacturing facility. It allows us to fully track a product from creation to delivery. We are able to track a product even before it is manufactured. We are able to track the raw materials, as well as the packaging materials. This gives us a complete and total view of what it takes/costs to produce any given product at any single time.
- It allows us to strategically control operations by product monitoring and production changes.
- Gives you the ability to source upcoming products because you have a complete and total view of all resources at all times.
- It allows us to control batch management in the production process, this is a key element in our industry.
- The interface is that of your typical SAP program, it's not very user friendly to a person who doesn't use it every single day.
- Some simple Windows commands do not work in SAP PLM, such as a copy and paste.
- Right click menus generally produce unconventional results if the user is more familiar with Windows right click menus.
- Accurately able to order raw materials which are necessary for the current production run, thus reducing overhead.
- The negative impact would be the initial cost of the software and how long it would take to ROI that cost.
- It has allowed us to control batches of product creation much more closer and have the ability to cut some erroneous costs which were found in large batches.
SAP PLM encompasses SAP BW and SAP PRD. We tend to focus more on the SAP PRD portion as it directly involves more closely to production. We selected SAP PLM because it gives us a great visibility in the life cycle of materials, products and overall costs. SAP PLM compliments the other packages very well.
SAP PLM is well suited for any industry that needs to track the creation of a product from the raw material stage all the way to the shipped product. I do not think it would be well suited for very small companies which do not have any materials, products, and inventory to track.