One of our decisions was to select a well-validated system and install it early in the process, when we could get by with fewer people to administrate it. You've got to start from the ground up. Trying to implement a PLM solution in the middle or the back end of a development cycle adds a degree of complication that may not be worth it.
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To keep that all organized requires either headcount or a good software system.
It truly is a product lifecycle management problem.