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Henk Jan Pels


Henk Jan Pels

Henk Jan Pels
Associate Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands


Henk Jan Pels is an Associate Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, where the focus of his research is how to understand and manage the effect of PLM software on product lifecycle performance. In 2011 he retired from the Industrial Engineering department, but continues to research and teach for the Architecture department, focussing in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Presenting: PLM, the Game Changer: Learning from the ERP Story

26 Feb 2014, 12:35

Fifty years ago the story of ERP started with the introduction of the hard disk. Today, it is the central platform for controlling the business process in practically all industrial companies. It began as an effort to reduce costs but the ultimate effect is to reduce manufacturing lead times and thus enable unprecedented choice for customers. Henk Jan Pels sees a parallel in the history of ERP's development with present day's PLM evolution and asks, what can be learnt?

  • What were the real effects of ERP, how were they realised and how were they understood?
  • What are the basic principles behind PLM,  what are the similarities with ERP and what can be learnt from ERP’s history?
  • What is PLM’s real potential as an enabler of dramatic improvement of product lifecycle process performance?
  • What kind of organizational changes are required to realize the full PLM potential?
  • What can be done to overcome resistance to change?
  • How can PLM change the game of beating competition by satisfying the customer?