Our MBE Vendor Evaluation approach is methodical and templated to enable both an effective and efficient evaluation process.If you are new to Model-based Enterprise (MBE) or are considering an extension of your MBE Application Arsenal, the DSA Team is well-equipped and experienced to help you establish selection criteria and conduct Tradeoff Analysis to enable and enhance the decision making process. We have experience with all of the Major MBE Vendors strengths, weaknesses, functional alignment to Industry Segment, and implementation challenges

 

Model-based Enterprise (MBE/MBD) Vendor Evaluation

Typical Scope of Evaluation

Functionality (OOTB)

User Interface/Visualization

Vendor Collaboration

Customer Influence

Roadmap/Release Scheduling

Architectural/Technical

Customizations

Application Program Integrations

Upgrades

Reporting Capabilities

Platform/Scalability

Services

Implementation Services

Documentation/Training

Technical Support & Issue Resolution

Maintenance & Support Policies

Functionality

User Interface/Visualization

Current Capabilities & Vendor Collaboration

Customer Influence

Roadmap/Release Scheduling

Architectural/Technical

Customizations

Ease of Configurability

Success Considerations:

1.  Select MBE Application Providers with the Largest percentage of Out of Box/Configurable Functionality to meet your
     Business Requirement
2.  Assure you have a MBE Strategy which aligns to targeted improvements in relative Key Performance Indicators to Long-term
     Strategic Goals
     Observation: It is unlikely that you can make an effective Vendor Selection absent a solid MBE Strategy
3.  Assure you have conducted sufficient analysis of relative Product Lifecycle and Supply Chain Processes to have established 
     measurable set of improvement objectives for each e.g., Design Engineering, CAD Design, CAD Validation, Derivative
     Creation, Derivative Validation, Tooling Design, CMM and Non-contact Inspection Programming/Metrology, Machine Coding,
     First Article Inspection, etc.
4.  Assure the vendors have field tested and proven API's to your specific PLM and ERP Application Environments
5.  Derive a Comprehensive list of Use Cases and the Critical Requirements which must be met for each - enables functional
     evaluation
6.  Look for a applications with industry-specific functionality that is closely aligned with your company‚Äôs Products and Product
     Development requirements processes and systems e.g., Model Data Quality Technologies, Producibility Validation
     Technologies, Publishing Tools
7.  Select an Application Provider with relative referenceable industry experience and industry targeted functionality - oh, and
     beware of industry accelerators; the time and cost to value is never As Sold
8.  Look for functionality that can be configured through the web to accommodate the unique, specialized needs of users across
     your global product development value chain
9.  Make sure the system meets high performance benchmarks and is easily scalable to accommodate future growth
10.  Consider only MBD/MBE application systems developed using open, industry-standard technologies
11. Find and consult with Industry Peers for greater insight:
        a) Vendor Service Levels
        b) Quality of Technical Staffs
        c) True Time and Cost to Value
        d) Real Application Performance
        e) System Reliability (Uptime, Bugs)
         f) Adherence to Roadmap Release Schedule
        g) Quality of emerging functionality at Release
12. Select a Vendor entrenched in your Industry:
        a) Vendors with Large Installed Base in your Industry will have taken and will continue to take feedback from large users to
            improve the Base Product for all
        b) Consider only well-established application providers with large user bases. These vendors will possess the financial
            wherewithal to enable an annual R&D spend to ensure their long term viability as well as their continual extension of
            their MBD/MBE Asset Base to drive increasing ROI and Platform Consolidation/Integration through your organization