Weatherford is a large global enterprise providing products and services to the oil and gas industry. The organisation is very geographically diverse and follows a design anywhere build anywhere philosophy. Building to order makes it hard to know the impact of a change, making change management particularly difficult and critical.
The current Engineering Change process has been carefully designed as a result of many years of PLM and ERP experience, it makes use of some key business rules for data validation and revisions in PLM, as well as some minimal interaction and integration with ERP.
The validations ensure data integrity is always good, the ERP interaction provides real time information and communication between Engineering and Supply Chain at various stages of the process.
It also ensures that changes are implemented throughout the enterprise, closing the loop between design, manufacturing and inventory management, providing True Enterprise change.