“Our vision is to apply thought leadership to help companies build innovative products by leveraging IT and PLM. We want to put life into every product lifecycle.”–Prabhu Patil, Founder & CEO, PROLIM GLOBAL CORPORATION
Thinking BIG, Dreaming BIG and becoming a successful entrepreneur can be daunting. One must deal with his/her fair share of struggles and tussles. On this topsy-turvy way, only a few dared to take the plunge and tasted success. The success stories of such entrepreneurs are chronicled with their hardships and struggles. When Mr.Prabhu started, he was not sure where he would end up. But his entrepreneurial stint wanted to sprout; made a beginning and follow it through to the end. Today what he brewed up as a one-man company, today stands as a 12-year-old full-grown PLM company with a family of over 400 experts- PROLIM GLOBAL CORPORATION, a global leader specialized in the arena of IT, PLM and Engineering Technology Solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, and one of Michigan’s 50 companies to watch by the Cassopolis-based Edward Lowe Foundation, PROLIM offers CAD, CAM, CAE, PLM and Engineering solutions in USA, Canada, Germany, and India.
The organization has been a part of several global dream teams to design and engineer various product development programs also including the Indian defence surface to air missile programs, the US, Japanese and European automotive and aerospace programs, and have seen the successes and failures of major corporations in implementing these CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM tools. Prabhu spearheads PROLIM and has been responsible for guiding PROLIM through the last decade-plus of diversification and growth, having successfully led and built an Offshore Delivery Center for IT Infrastructure services.
“It’s been a wonderful journey for me, full of challenges; getting from where you are to where you want to be is tough. You must be acutely aware of the choices you make each day to reach your goals. I’m enjoying this journey.”stated Prabhu Patil, CEO, Founder, and CEO of PROLIM.
PROLIM: More than just enablement of technology capabilities and innovation disruptions
The global business models have become more complex over time due to economic, social, technical and political changes. Corporations have grown through major acquisitions and then interestingly by divesting their portfolio. They are operating in multiple countries and continents with different core competencies.
PROLIM aims to help such corporations accomplish their PLM business goals with strong PLM Technology and R&D capabilities. We at PROLIM have seen these complexities and been part of such major solutions. Incorporated in 2005, PROLIM is an Engineering and Technology Solutions Company headquartered in Farmington Hill, Michigan. As companies’ operations expand, issues faced become more complex. Product Life Cycle Management, when aligned with business, helps you to respond faster to evolving market demands and technology disruption. With a complete understanding of the industry’s business needs as well as technology, PROLIM helps companies improve their profitability and efficiency by providing high-value technology consulting and project management outsourcing services. The company has developed unique software tools, methodologies, and practices that allow customers to innovate and develop new products at lower cost and faster time-to-market. PROLIM is a global company with offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and India. The company has its corporate office in Dallas, Texas, Detroit, MI, Cincinnati, OH, Frankfurt, Germany, Bangalore, Hubli in India. Being customer focused rather than product focused, PROLIM envisions harnessing customer requisites by adding more satellite offices over the next few years in major metropolitan centers. The company envisages reaching customers beyond borders to deliver effective services in the west and east coasts of the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Our differentiation is speed and cost of delivery of PLM solutions globally and enabled innovation.
PROLIM advises and defines the roadmap for companies to accomplish their Product Lifecycle Management related business goals with strong PLM Technology and R&D capabilities. PROLIM also offers the industry’s most unified and integrated solutions, specialties include product lifecycle management (PLM), engineering services, IT Consulting, cloud infrastructure, program management, and PLM training to help customers to develop faster, cheaper and better-quality products in the world.
PLM &IT Consulting
PLM covers the breadth of a product’s lifecycle, manufacturing, and engineering service, accelerate product development, enabling collaboration and flexible processes across the extended enterprise, including suppliers, customers, partners, service/maintenance and other stakeholders.PROLIM’S IT Consulting Services helps to bridge the gap between IT business and their clients to gain more value from their IT-enabled investments
- Application Development- Design, develop, test and integrate software across multiple platforms
- Maintenance & Support- Deliver automation, updating, reduce costs, and optimize business processes
- QA Services- Holistic approach to testing and quality assurance to build a product or service
Cloud Computing Technology Software & Solutions
On-demand computing resources—everything from applications to data centers and cloud products for your business, IT infrastructure & development needs.
- Business Continuity- Advanced solutions for business continuity to access your data and application
- Cloud Infrastructure Management- Cloud – virtualization, migration, and agility with the right tools
- DBA Management- DBA develops Researcher Practitioners in management and related fields
Engineering research procedures and processes
Engineering department strengthens our capabilities, enabling multi-disciplinary and collaborative research
- Market Research/Survey- Product campaign, market research surveys help you make smarter decisions
- Technical Publication- Value analysis engineering, predictive engineering, design validating & testing
Engineering Design and Document Control Systems
Simple, flexible document control for engineering drawings and engineering data
- Industrial & Product Design- Invent, visualize and prototype design solutions to complex/new products or services
- Product & Engineering- Meet your customers’ needs for smarter products and services with our Digital Engineering
- Value Engineering- Cover the entire product lifecycle providing notable cost benefits through tested methods
Advanced PLM Manufacturing Process Planning
Enable engineering and manufacturing teams and their extended supply chains to speed prototyping, reuse design and streamline supply chain management.
- Reverse Engineering- Leverage existing designs to accelerate new product development and reduce risk
- CAD Conversion-Dedicated professionals who are PLM and CAD experts focused on PLM data migration
- Manufacturing Services- Collaborative network to enhance profitability and deliver customer value
- RE-Engineering- Open opportunities to Re-engineer the product, to make it competitive
Project Management with PLM
Accelerate and scale innovation projects and craft a high-performing product portfolio with rapid and insightful project execution
- Mathematical & Hand Calculation- Analysis, static/dynamic can be validated with the help of traditional calculation
- Cost Reduction- Process improvement to deliver effective, sustainable business cost management
- Project Management-Interactive PLM tool to quickly narrow your choices and contact multiple vendors
- FE Analysis- Manufacturing, training, structural test, design optimization, and hand sketching
PROLIM provides PLM software to thousands of companies globally, helping to optimize their processes, from planning and development through manufacturing, production, and support. In addition, PROLIM is also a solution and resource provider of Team center that offers customized solutions to deliver complex products to market while maximizing productivity and streamlining global operations.
PROLIM enables clients to benefit from its global domain expertise aiming to create a win-win situation for a strong Good Corporate Citizenship. The global leader works towards bringing about long-term success for all our stakeholders without compromising on ethics or transparency. PROLIM has partnered with leading software and technology providers to address the PLM business challenges. They include IBM, Siemens, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, SpaceX, Lear, Honda, DFW Airport, State of Michigan and more.
PROLIM offers a level the playing field for women, filling the pipeline with talented women, from different nationalities and religious beliefs. We address specific needs of women towards the development, growth, and retention of women. Offering a friendly environment, we enable them to fulfil their professional ambitions while supporting and managing their families.
PROLIM is focused on identifying and grooming the next generation women leaders who have the potential to rise and fill up the top roles in the organization. By promoting an inclusive workplace, we help groom women to gain knowledge to handle various situations and to augment their decision-making skills.
PROLIM’s CSR Vision
Guided by the corporate vision of Touching People’s Lives, PROLIM seeks to contribute to sustainable social development through all its global activities by providing unique and innovative PLM and IT services that deliver superior values to all stakeholders.
“As a leading global PLM and IT Services company, we also view it as our mission to contribute solutions to the issues facing humanity. We are committed to all of our stakeholders-including customers, shareholders, employees and the communities where we do business-to deliver engaging, valuable and sustainable mobility for all. Through our business activities, we aim to create economic value and to actively contribute toward the development of a sustainable society.”
PROLIM’S Corporate Vision
Touch as many people’s Lives as possible and make their life better.
PROLIM’S CSR Vision
To be one of the leading sustainable companies in the industry
PROLIM’s journey has completed a successful tenure of 12 years, with its wings spread over 5 geographies with more than 400+ employees. PROLIM has actively worked to create a culture that keeps the productivity and happiness of its employees, vendors, and partners in mind. A friendly, adventurous, creative and open-minded environment nestles at PROLIM that incites positive vibes and encourages personal empowerment.
Adding more stars to its galaxy, PROLIM recently acquired Ally PLM Solutions Inc. (“Ally PLM”), a leading CAD/CAM, PLM Software Solution provider in North America. This acquisition enables PROLIM to be a complete, end-to-end provider of turn-key solutions for clients – which makes it unique in their space. PROLIM has also successfully completed BOT for Rakuten and handed over the operation to Rakuten.
PROLIM has been a standout part of several global dream teams that have designed and engineered various product development programs, such as the Indian defense surface to air missile programs, and the US, Japanese and European automotive and aerospace programs. We want to put life into every product lifecycle, and our goal is to help various corporations succeed in their product lifecycle management strategies. Apart from winning accolades from clients and OEM’s, PROLIM has embarked his dexterity over these years and has won numerous awards and recognition.
The Founder’s Periscope
Mr. Prabhu Patil
After earning a Master of Engineering from PSG College of Technology, India and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Prabhu Patil began his career as a scientist. In the early 1990s, he built surface-to-air missiles for India’s Ministry of Defense. Prabhu moved to the US in 1997 and joined IBM in Charlotte, N.C., as a project lead in IT consulting. His keen interest in product lifecycle management propelled him to move to Detroit, the hub of PLM in the automotive industry. He worked for Siemens PLM Software and helped automotive companies like Ford, Volvo, Mazda, Jaguar, and Land Rover, handling PLM consulting in over 13 countries.
Prabhu has extensive experience in successfully defining, executing and stabilizing complex global programs across various continents, countries, programs, and technologies in CAD/CAM/CAE simulation and PLM solutions. Being highly proficient in defining and executing strategic PLM direction for global corporations, Prabhu Patil excels in finding solutions for today’s emerging technology challenges.
Awards and Achievements
Prabhu Patil has been recognized with several awards throughout his career: the Siemens Americas Consulting Award, the Ford Mustang C3PNG Award, the EDS Achievement Award, the SDRC Product Manager Award, the Rookie of the year 1997 Award, the PTC Award of Excellence, and the Best Scientist Indian Defense R&D Award.
As an entrepreneur, Patil has received and led PROLIM to receive: “2017 Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award by US Govt”, “Supplier E Award by Dallas Minority Suppliers Development Council”, “Crain Business Salute to Entrepreneur Award in 2014”, “Inc 500 – Ranked 133 and 284 as Fastest Growing Private Company in America in 2014 and 2012”, “Silicon India Top 20 Companies in 2014”, “Top Diversity Award in 2013”, Recognized as Edward Lowe Foundation – “Michigan 50 companies to watch for”, Recognized as Detroit Regional Member of Commerce – “Future 50 Award”.
Favourite Aspect of being an Entrepreneur
My favourite aspect of being an entrepreneur is having the ability to live my dreams and to have the opportunity to nurture my ideas and watch them grow into a successful business. I would give this advice to youths:
- Never give up on your dreams
- Be open to healthy criticism about your business ideas
- Get advice and feedback
Failures and Learning: Failures are the stepping stone for success
Failing is not by choice, but getting up and moving forward is a choice that you must make. I have always looked at failure as a challenge to learn from and move forward from. Reaching the position, I am in has not been easy. I have had my share of failures. Every failure has been a learning curve, and even today I have not lost the zeal to learn.
Like any other start-up, PROLIM had also its share of turbulence. There were barriers impeding growth whether it was resources or investment. But it was both the will and the ability to overcome these challenges that enabled us to grow. Many companies do not grow as they are unwilling to take the risk. But without taking that risk no high-tech company can grow. We have had to continuously innovate in response to the globally changing marketplace. It is important to anticipate the risks and find a way around them to grow and succeed.
As an entrepreneur, I see opportunities everywhere. Our vision is to apply thought leadership to help companies build innovative products by leveraging IT and PLM. We want to put life into every product lifecycle. Our goal is to help companies succeed in their product lifecycle management strategies. I want PROLIM to become one of the most sought-after companies to solve any PLM challenges in the world.