Change Management

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Real-time, configurable Change Request and Change Order workflowsReal-time, configurable Change Request and Change Order workflows

Change Request and Change Order workflows, both formal and fast-track, are provided, which can be easily configured to meet an organization’s exact process. Change workflows provide a graphical representation of those processes to anyone within the organization, promoting wide understanding of the requirements demanded by that process. The progress of specific Change Requests or Change Orders are managed in real time, providing a common view of the current status of them, helping to quickly identify and resolve potential bottlenecks.

Change Management within a fully integrated PLM environmentChange Management within a fully integrated PLM environment

Change Request and Change Order processes are fully integrated with the other information contained within PLM 360. Full details of the components or sub-assemblies subject to a particular change are just a quick click away, enabling product stakeholders across the organization to fully understand what that change will affect, and what its impact will be on parent assemblies and products. Historic change records can be viewed and interrogated, providing traceability of exactly what items were modified at that time.

Change notifications and real-time ‘to-do’ listChange notifications and real-time ‘to-do’ list

Those involved in a stage of the change process, as part of the Change Control Board, for example, are automatically notified when that stage is reached. The input required from each individual is outlined in a ‘to-do’ list, unique to them, and a constant reminder of that required input, from where they can quickly access full details of the process and what is required of them. Other stakeholders, not directly involved in the process, can subscribe to notifications so they are made immediately aware when the change reaches critical stages, or is complete, so they can take the required action immediately.

Historical change traceabilityHistorical change traceability

All Change Requests and Change Orders remain fully traceable once complete. Historical change processes can be accessed by any authorized person within the organization, where each step of the process is recorded, outlining who actioned that step, when, and any comments they made at the time. This provides an audit trail recording every stage of product change, helping to achieve compliance more easily.

Digital signaturesDigital signatures

Process workflow stages can be specified as requiring a user password for sign-off. Only those authorized can sign off workflow stages, but this digital signature capability provides another security layer, ensuring it is that actual person carrying out that action, through the need for them to enter their PLM 360 account password. This additional level of security provides greater assurance in the validity of critical change processes.

Third-party change process participationThird-party change process participation

The cloud-based, but secure, nature of PLM 360 means that it is easy to allow third parties to access the PLM environment in a controlled manner. Partners, suppliers and even customers can provide input into a change process. For example, a strategic supplier can be part of an approvals board which reviews and authorizes a change. This provides scope for much closer collaboration with those third parties, helping to reduce lead times and the risk of error due to miscommunication.

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