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Product Lifecycle Management in Defense Organizations: Challenges and Opportunities

by Gulledge, Thomas — last modified May 06, 2010 01:08 AM Contributors: Wael Hafez, Senior Enterprise Architect, Enterprise Integration, Inc., Raj Iyer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Army Materiel Command, John Nyere, Special Assistant for Supply Chain Systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) presents many unique challenges in defense organizations. These challenges relate culture, organization, processes, data, and others. While some of these characteristics are not unique to defense organizations, some are specifically unique. This paper identifies and describes the challenges, and then presents an approach to requirements definition and solution design that addresses the described challenges. A closed-loop PLM model requires that the government take ownership of the product, post production, and assume every aspect of product support. This would include supply, procurement, maintenance, operations, engineering, configuration and fleet management functions. (C) 2010 Enterprise Integration, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Presented at The IFIP WG5.1 7th International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management, BIBA University of Bremen, 12-14 July 2010.

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