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PALMA™

by Modular Management

- One system to ensure the right product offering

Managing your product architecture is all about managing information. Typically, many people in the organization will hold separate data on the features and technical designs of your product assortment. Sometimes, the information is managed in various documents like spreadsheets and manuals. And sometimes, it’s simply inside the heads of experienced staff. But for the long-term success of a modular product platform, this simply won’t do. You’ll need to manage vast amounts of data that encompass a whole product assortment.

 

Our software PALMA™ (Product Architecture Lifecycle Management) helps you to do just that. It enables you to manage your product platforms over their entire lifecycle. With PALMA™, all the critical data of the product architecture you need is stored in one single repository to ensure quality and profitability over time.

The result is a quicker, smoother implementation and a lasting product foundation

Real-time information sharing

Like any other product development project, a successful modularization project involves a cross-functional commitment. This often leads to sending spreadsheets, manuals and other documents – many of them outdated – back and forth between different departments.

PALMA™ provides one billboard where all critical product information is captured and made accessible in real time. It gives a cross-functional view of your product assortment that delivers key information to marketing, production, and engineers throughout the MFD process and beyond. Your staff can work with the same information in real time which means they can specify, share and review product and technical requirements in one common format.

Cut implementation time

Modularity can take years to implement because of poorly managed information. PALMA™ provides a holistic and detailed view of customer needs as well as the product properties that meet them. It also holds the technical solutions that comprise the product, specifications on modules, interfaces and the configuration rules for your products. All of this is done in a structured and coherent way so that your engineers will know exactly what to do. The result? You avoid reworks in design at a later stage and bring your products to market faster. And with easily-generated reports, you skip lengthy specifications with overlapping information. All of this means that your modularity implementation could take months instead of years.

Respond quickly to customer requests

Configuring a product offering for your customer requires understanding and managing information from many sources. It can be time consuming to get to the right data, resulting in a lengthy and error-prone process. PALMA™’s unique Configuration Intent manage the logic of the product, it’s translated automatically in to configuration logic to be executed by the built-in configurator so that configurability of your product offerings can be analyzed.

Once in place, you can easily convert this into a configurator that can be used by your sales staff to configure a product with just a few clicks.

Stay aligned with your strategy

The lifecycle of your product platform runs well over a decade. Keeping track of different data and decisions made is essential to keeping in line with your strategy and market objectives.

PALMA™ is the tool to continuously ensure you have the right product offering. It allows you to easily trace product and design decisions back to strategy to ensure a lasting product foundation.

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