Real-time, configurable Change Request and Change Order Workflows
Change Request and Change Order workflows can be easily configured to meet an organization’s exact process. Change workflows provide a graphical representation of those processes to anyone within the organization, promoting a wide understanding of the requirements demanded by that process. The progress of specific Change Requests or Change Orders are managed in real time, providing a common view of the current status of them, helping to quickly identify and resolve potential bottlenecks.
Change management within a full integrated PLM environment
Change Request and Change Order processes are fully integrated with the other information contained within Fusion Lifecycle. Full details of the components or sub-assemblies subject to a particular change are just a quick click away, enabling product stakeholders across the organization to fully understand what that change will affect, and what its impact will be on parent assemblies and products. Historic change records can be viewed and interrogated, providing trace-ability of exactly what items were modified at that time.
Change notifications and real-time ‘to-do’ list
Those involved in a stage of the change management process, as part of the Change Control Board, for example, are automatically notified when that stage is reached. The input required from each individual is outlined in a ‘to-do’ list, unique to them, and a constant reminder of that required input, from where they can quickly access full details of the process and what is required of them. Other stakeholders, not directly involved in the process, can subscribe to notifications so they are made immediately aware when the change reaches critical stages, or is complete, so they can take the required action immediately.
Historical change traceability
All Change Requests and Change Orders remain fully traceable once complete. Historical change processes can be accessed by any authorized user within the organization, where each step of the process is recorded, outlining who performed that step, when, and any comments were made at the time. This provides an audit trail recording every stage of product change, helping to achieve compliance more easily.
Process workflow stages can be specified as requiring a user password for sign-off. Only those authorized can sign off on workflow stages. This digital signature capability provides another security layer, ensuring it is the actual person carrying out that action. This additional level of security provides greater assurance in the validity of critical change processes.
Third-party change participation
The cloud-based, but secure, nature of Fusion Lifecycle means that it is easy to allow third parties to access the PLM environment in a controlled manner. Partners, suppliers and even customers can provide input into a change management process. For example, a strategic supplier can be part of an approvals board which reviews and authorizes a change. This allows for more closer collaboration with those third parties, helping to reduce lead times and the risk of error due to miscommunication.
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