How to Free Up IT Resources with a PLM Cloud Solution

Written By: Julie Pike
  • 1/25/2019
  • Read Time : 3 min

A common complaint heard in the C-suite is that IT infrastructure and operating environment costs are too high. From an infrastructure perspective, the company likely has old hardware, is stuck on old versions of operating systems, and has rigid connections, security concerns, limited disaster recovery… you name it. From a software perspective, there is probably a slew of unsupported apps and code re-writes.  And hiring skilled people who understand the software is virtually impossible. The end result is frustrated executives and dissatisfied internal users.

For companies looking to remove the burden of maintaining their product lifecycle management (PLM) system from their IT department, a PLM cloud solution is an ideal option. By storing information in the cloud, The IT team is able to redirect their attention to more important tasks, such as fixing customer problems. The responsibility of keeping the PLM system up-and-running and up-to-date on the latest software now lands on the shoulders of the PLM cloud software vendor. An added bonus? By removing the burden of maintaining the IT infrastructure and operating costs, companies are able to significantly reduce costs.

According to Kevin Wrenn, divisional general manager of the PLM segment at PTC: “Moving from on-premises to the cloud is a smart, strategic business decision for any company to make. Not only does it help cut costs, but it also frees up stakeholders to focus on how to improve the business, rather than waste time maintaining an enterprise system.”

One company that recently decided to move from an on-premises PLM solution to a PLM cloud solution is Schreder. Schreder is a leading independent outdoor lighting manufacturer. Founded in 1907, Schreder brought electric lighting into cities, making streets safer and illuminating new factories. With a tradition of engineering and innovation, Schreder has refined illumination installations, ensuring the right light is in the right place, at the right time. They have developed solutions to show bridges, monuments, natural wonders, and cities in their best light – from Brussels’ Grand Place to the historic center of Cusco, Peru. 

Schreder was already a PTC PLM customer and had been using Windchill on-premises to manage its complex product lifecycle for quite some time. However, it is now embracing a cloud strategy. Using PTC’s Cloud Migration Service, the global manufacturer will be able to de-customize and efficiently move its data to the PTC Cloud.

“Our products light up some of the world’s most historic sites, from Rome’s Coliseum to the Channel Tunnel. Product development has been fundamental to more than a century of success, and our relentless passion for innovation means we are always on the lookout for new ways to maximize our processes and technology,” said Jean-Jacque Van Gils, Group IT Manager, Schreder. “As part of our cloud strategy, we evaluated PLM in the PTC Cloud to reduce IT infrastructure and operating environment costs, free up stakeholders to work on other tasks, and accelerate our time-to-market.”

Another company embracing PLM in the cloud is MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. A joint venture by Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind manufactures, operates, and services the technology needed to bring offshore wind power to the market as an economically viable and sustainable energy resource.

Founded in 2014, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind needed to hit the ground running to beat the competition in the burgeoning renewable energy source field. PLM in the PTC Cloud offered the company the agility and deployment speed that they needed. In addition, by leveraging PTC Professional Services to help migrate their data into the new cloud-based system, the team was able to free up internal IT resources to focus on more high-value projects that would drive innovation versus managing the solution.

“The flexibility we have when using [PTC Cloud] in a growing company has meant we can focus our efforts on creating the holistic view of our product and process data”, says Jakob Raadik Christensen, Lead PLM Architect, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind. “This is our backbone and it is key to bringing better products to the market faster.”

Learn more about PLM in the PTC Cloud and discover how it can help your organization cut costs and improve IT productivity. 

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About the Author

Julie Pike

Julie Pike is the PLM Content Marketing Specialist at PTC. She has spent her career in marketing and communications primarily in the technology industry. Follow her on Twitter at @julie_pike.