Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems have proven to be a highly valuable tool for designing and developing new products and systems. Together with systems like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), PLM has become a critical IT system supporting the product development process in manufacturing organizations.
The Inflection Point of PLM Functionality
When a system provides high value delivering on their core functionality, there can be a tendency to start using these systems for tasks which they were not intended to do. This is like the Peter Principle for systems.
For those who are not familiar with the Peter Principle, it states that a person who shows high competence in their job will be continuously promoted until they reach the level of their own incompetence. When applied to systems, it means that systems that provide high value will be continuously tasked with solving new problems until they reach a level of ineffectiveness.