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Product and Topic Expert
Product and Topic Expert

PLM software vs. Spreadsheets - it's like comparing a spaceship to a paper airplane!

Engineers love spreadsheets – sure, you *could* manage your product lifecycle with spreadsheets, but don't be surprised when your formulas fail, and your tabs go rogue. Embrace the future of the organization, or you might just find your product's innovation lost somewhere between "Sheet31" and "Copy of Sheet31 (2)"!

The legacy approach of the spreadsheets in the world of product development and innovation, not only stifles operational efficiency and effectiveness, but also creates hidden dependencies in cross-departmental collaborations and ultimately makes the process more costly and complex.

Here's why you need to upgrade your game-

  1. Collaboration:
    Collaboration is a key aspect of product development, involving multiple teams, departments, and even external suppliers. Spreadsheet struggles to facilitate real-time collaboration, which forces your team to work in isolation. PLM software facilitates seamless collaboration by providing real-time access to product data, enabling teams to work simultaneously on various aspects of the product lifecycle. SAP PLM software brings your team together, making communication and decision-making easier.

  2. Data Integrity:
    Impactful product innovations rely on robust data validation and integrity checks, ensuring that the product data is accurate. Spreadsheets cannot ensure the correctness and consistency of all the data. PLM software minimizes the risk of human errors, such as data duplication, incorrect formulas, or accidental deletions, which are more common in spreadsheets. Making data-driven decisions and maintaining data integrity are simple with SAP PLM system.

  3. Scalability:
    SAP PLM software provides a centralized repository for storing and managing product data. Unlike spreadsheets, which are prone to being scattered across multiple locations, SAP PLM software ensures that all product-related information is stored in a single, secure location. This centralized approach allows for easy access, collaboration, and data sharing among team members, departments, and even external stakeholders. SAP PLM software scales with you to keep you in control and organized.

  4. Security:
    Data loss and unauthorized access are risks with spreadsheet files. To safeguard your important intellectual property, PLM software provides strong security features. SAP PLM software enables you to establish and automate workflows, ensuring that tasks and approvals follow a predefined secure process. This feature helps streamline the product development lifecycle, reducing delays and improving overall efficiency.

  5. Traceability:
    Traceability is crucial for regulatory compliance, quality control, and auditing purposes. Spreadsheets are a nightmare to track changes in. SAP PLM software allows for better traceability by maintaining a comprehensive audit trail of all changes made to product data, including who made the changes and when. This feature is particularly valuable for industries with strict regulatory requirements, such as pharmaceuticals or aerospace, where maintaining a clear history of product data is essential.

Are you still relying on spreadsheets to manage your product lifecycle?

It's time for a reality check! spreadsheets may be a powerful tool, but it's not designed to be a PLM software. Don't let spreadsheets hold you back! Embrace the power of a dedicated PLM software and propel your product development to new heights.

For organizations to increase operational effectiveness, reduce production costs, and maximize resource utilization, a centralized platform that enables the many stakeholders to collaborate throughout the product life cycle is essential. From idea to market to sunset, SAP PLM solutions enhance the efficiency of every step of the product development process. Enabling real-time visibility and traceability, provided via the various integration capabilities and offerings.

SAP PLM is designed with the “single-source-of-truth” mantra in mind. It helps you manage your product information, keep it consistent and makes data re-use efficient. Learn how SAP PLM can help unlock actionable information, boost product innovation, and empower the extended enterprise - SAP Product Lifecycle Management Software

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