PLM Alliances

Building Channels of Value Added Collaboration for Resilient Partnerships

This new website is the Internet home of PLM Alliances LLC and its Independent Practice Director and Management Consultant, Richard McFall. Our mission is to provide hyper-focused management consulting, best practices research, and training resources for creating more effective partnerships, alliances, channels, and communities across the many technology markets that comprise the $40B global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) ecosystem.

The PLM market segments we cover range from small specialty to large general purpose providers of software and services that span the product lifecycle across the functions of innovation, design, engineering, prototyping, simulation, costing, testing, quality, manufacturing, sourcing, service, and retirement. Just a few of the many PLM-related solution spaces

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that support these functions include PDM, CAD, CAM, CAE/S&A, CM, PPM, DMfg, EIM, PCM, MBSE, VIZ, 3DP/AM, EDA, ALM, and SLM among numerous others. All of these application domains have their own rich lifecycle history of entrepreneurial innovation, disruption, evolution, consolidation, and regeneration, typically involving different partnership strategies at each stage.

Since PLM is a comprehensive enterprise business strategy, no one single technology, software solution, or commercial provider can deliver all that is needed to implement a robust vision that will be resilient long into the future. Instead, PLM is enabled by a large, dynamic and increasingly open network of integrated, interdisciplinary software, data, processes, services, providers, and professionals that all together create a federated platform of product innovation.

By some estimates there are over 1,000 different software and service providers that populate the global PLM ecosystem. The short-term effectiveness and long-term success of alliances and partnerships between all these providers—new or old, small or large, specialized or general purpose—is critical not only to their business success but also to that of their industrial customers who depend on them. While there are many partnership successes, there are also many examples that failed to deliver upon their commercial promise or market potential.

In the coming months we plan to undertake surveys, perform research, and profile those business partnerships, alliances, communities, and channels which we believe help to advance innovation, with sustainability, across our global industry. From this research and reporting we expect the ingredients for building platforms of innovation through collaboration—and not just more traditional channels of marketing and selling—will become self-evident to benefit all of us in this exciting industry.

In the near term, we are busy producing results for our initial set of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) clients across several different market segments of PLM. For 2H2017 our consulting services are fully subscribed to in projects that span many months. We regret that we are not taking new clients at this time.

Check back for more announcements during 2017 and be sure to subscribe to our Alliance Alchemy blog to read about the most common myth-stakes of partner building. We will soon be sharing plans and soliciting feedback for the PLM Ecosystem Atlas collaborative initiative at which will include the new and website resources.

Until then contact Rich McFall at and +001.636.745.0122 for more information, or to nominate the partnerships, alliances, and channel communities you think are most noteworthy or successful to recognize.

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