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#36: ERP vs. PLM: What Comes First?

In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, our hosts Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott engage in a thought-provoking discussion with Pieter Nevelsteenabout the complexities of implementing PLM and ERP systems in digital transformation initiatives. They explore the challenges of deciding which system to implement first, the importance of enterprise architecture, and the critical role of people in driving successful outcomes.

Episode Highlights:

• Understanding Product Architecture: Pieter Nevelsteen emphasizes the importance of defining product architecture early in the digital transformation process and the challenges of managing product complexity.

• The Interplay Between PLM and ERP: The conversation delves into the evolving role of ERP systems, including PLM functionality, and the challenges of effectively integrating PLM and ERP systems.

• Enterprise Architecture and Process Planning: The hosts discuss the role of enterprise architecture in guiding system implementations and the need for effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders.

• Challenges and Opportunities: Pieter Nevelsteen shares insights into the challenges of implementing PLM and ERP systems and the opportunities for overcoming these challenges through careful assessment of company needs and long-term goals.

Key Takeaways:

• Understanding the value and complexity of digital transformation in managing product complexity.

• Strategies for overcoming challenges in integrating PLM and ERP systems effectively.

• The importance of enterprise architecture and process planning in guiding system implementations.

Guest: Pieter Nevelsteen, a Razorleaf colleague from The Netherlands office, and an industry expert with extensive experience in PLM and ERP system implementations.

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