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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Engineering Companies and Virtual Engineering Teams – a Review of DEXMA PLM

by Stephanie Watson
Published on 5 September 2012

dexma plm reviewDEXMA PLM is a web-based product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that provides cloud-based technology to businesses, primarily those in the engineering field. DEXMA PLM offers extensive project management and product data management, with advanced software that includes updated information on parts, materials, equipment logistics, and a manufacturing management system unlike any other system available. If you're looking for an easy, effective way to manage your various engineering processes, DEXMA PLM is for you.

Project And Data Management

If you're an engineering company, regardless of the size of your organization, you can benefit from DEXMA PLM. DEXMA PLM created their cloud-based software as a way to improve the management of product data and engineering projects with up-to-date information. Entering parts, materials, or equipment is easier now than ever before with DEXMA's PLM product. The logistics and manufacturing management system provided by DEXMA PLM improve your efficiency with the added benefit of a web-based program. Since DEXMA PLM is cloud-based, you can access it from anywhere and users, like employees, can access it remotely as well.

Manage Data And Networking For Engineering Companies

DEXMA PLM lets your engineering company manage and monitor data while you take advantage of networking opportunities. Networking includes allowing engineers and experts to improve with crowd source ideas, parts and materials portals, job market places and engineering communities and software developers who use API. You can also get started with the job app as offered by DEXMA PLM, along with viewing CAD models for 3D graphics, parts and materials catalogs, and collaborative work CAD files.

Special Features Of DEXMA PLM

As previously stated, DEXMA PLM also includes a job market app. This app lets you search for contracted engineers with the expertise and experience you need. All registered users have the ability to mark themselves as available engineers for various projects. You also don't need to start special applications to view the CAD models as it is 100% web based. The parts and materials catalogs are also available to everyone, not just the owner of the DEXMA PLM account.

The Basics: What Does It Look Like?

After you sign up for DEXMA PLM, you will be contacted with sign in information that gives you instant access. You will be able to start working with the software program right away. From the first time you log in, you will see how user-friendly the simple interface is. I'm not an engineer, just married to one, but I could imagine the value of this program. From the main log in page on DEXMA, you have instant access to your projects, archived data, business admin, corporate assets, dashboard, and more. Dexma plm review

If you would like to view a summary of all your tasks, you can go to your dashboard by clicking on the Dashboard tab. From here you will view a list of your recent tasks which can be sorted by their number, subject, task status, task comment, or performer. You will also see your Work Plan and details from the dashboard.

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Adding a project with DEXMA PLM is an easy process. Simply click the My Projects tab and click on the New Project button. Enter in the product designation, product name, the product display name, type, and the project start and end dates.

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If you click on Business Admin, you see will a number a categories, including Business Units, Description of Processes, Documents, File Folders, Links, Persons, Positions, Products and Components, and Professions. From here you can access all of this information and more.

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Does It Fit Your Budget?

DEXMA PLM does not visibly list their prices for the cloud-based software program, but they have excellent customer service and will answer your pricing questions quickly. Once you sign up for a demo in order to try out the product, DEXMA will contact you with sign-up and payment options to that fit your budget.

Pros And Cons

There are many advantages to using DEXMA PLM. Since it is a cloud-based program, everything is web based meaning you can access it from anywhere. This is a big plus for engineers who often travel for work and need to access their information, including data management, from a remote location. It is also very user friendly which you will find out when you try the free demo. DEXMA makes it easy to use from the first time you log in.

The only disadvantage is that you don't get pricing or membership information when you first view the site. While you can easily sign up for a free demo, you will have to contact DEXMA to find out more about their membership plans.

Is It For You?

If you own and operate an engineering company or want to manage project on your own by hiring virtual engineering team, you will find dozens of benefits to using DEXMA PLM and very little disadvantages. With DEXMA PLM, you get the ability to manage and store your data and project management with the advanced software program. Since it's cloud based, everything you do is on the web, which makes it easy to access from anywhere. With the many benefits included with the web-based software program, there is no reason not try it out and go through the demo to see everything DEXMA offers.

Ratings: ease of use 5/5, features 4/5, value 3/5 and ease of deployment 4/5


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