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Episode 22: Out of the Box (OOTB) vs. Customization


Welcome to Episode 22 of the Razorleaf Podcast – “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” where we delve into the digital and manufacturing realm.

This episode, hosted by Jen and Jonathan, features Dennis Lindinger, a Senior Solution Architect at Razorleaf, to discuss the nuanced debate between out-of-the-box solutions and customization within PLM systems.

Key Discussion Points:

  • Defining Customization vs. Configuration: The episode starts with a clear distinction between customization and configuration, emphasizing the importance of understanding each approach’s impact on PLM system implementation.
  • OOTB Benefits and Limitations: The team discusses the concept of “out-of-the-box” solutions, highlighting their immediate usability and potential restrictions for specific business needs.
  • Customization Considerations: Dennis Lininger shares insights into when and why businesses might opt for customization, including the strategic value it can offer, albeit with potential complexities and long-term implications.
  • Real-world Implications: Through anecdotes and industry experience, the conversation covers practical examples of how businesses navigate the decision to customize or configure, including the importance of documentation and vendor support.
  • Strategic Decision-Making: The episode concludes with a discussion on making informed strategic decisions around customization, considering business needs, system capabilities, and the overall impact on future scalability and upgrades.

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