PLM continues to get high marks as a compliance management solution, but it is only a tool and it needs comprehensive backup to meet regulatory objectives, says Michael J. Zepp, director of materials compliance solutions at ENOVIA MatrixOne, a Dassault Systemes organization.
Zepp sees materials compliance data management as a new business requirement. "It must involve the entire corporate organization since it impacts every department's ability to be successful. Not only do you need a broad understanding of departments, but you also need these new business requirements built into business procedures, legal contracts, and employees' job descriptions."
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- No involvement from the purchasing function
- No executive support
- Missing information in Bill-of-Material data systems
- Not part of product design reviews
- Not built into business process procedures
- Not listed as requirement on contracts, drawings or statements-of-work
- Not a requirement for an engineering or manufacturing change
- Not part of employee's goals and performance reviews
- Not part of a supplier's performance metrics
- Not understood by marketing -- "Don't sell what you cannot make!"