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Propel helps the world’s most innovative brands like Desktop Metal, Samsara and Peak Design get their products to market ridiculously fast. Propel uniquely combines product lifecycle management (PLM), Product Information Management (PIM), and Quality Management Solutions (QMS) into one system, natively built on the Salesforce platform. With Propel, your engineers, marketing, partners, customers, and everyone else collaborate on all the product information needed to get your products from concept to customer.

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Propel review by Jordan S.
Jordan S.
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"PropelPLM is a powerful tool with great customer support"

What do you like best?

The best part about PropelPLM is the fantastic customer support. They walk you through importing your data and provide fast responses for any questions after that. Our data was imported quickly and seamlessly. Their team was very accommodating to new requests.

I also like the views you can create under each tab. It makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for as well as grouping families of parts together.

What do you dislike?

My biggest complaint with the system is that not all the features are intuitive at first. PropelPLM has all the tools I was expected and many more but it takes a bit of training to maximize use of these tools. This is especially true for creating specific business reports and when creating new roles for users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give PropelPLM a chance. It is newer to the market and has a modern feel. The customer support team is fast to respond to any questions you may have and pass on your requests to their software team to see if they can incorporate them in future updates of the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PropelPLM has really helped our startup to make great first impressions with multiple contract manufacturers. The approved vendors list is great and easy to download. It has tied all of our engineers and contractors together under one system and streamlined design reviews for new products. As a good PLM should it has helped us with revision control and change management.

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Propel review by Executive Sponsor
Executive Sponsor
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"Excellent and timely customer support. Very flexible interface and powerful set of tools."

What do you like best?

We are a small engineering design organization. What I like best is that Propel is leveraging their design on the Salesforce platform tools and therefore when we ask for changes they are usually able to accommodate because the SF platform likely already supports what we want to add.

What do you dislike?

Anything that SF does not do, Propel pretty much has to say "we are hoping that will be added soon." In other words, the reliance on Salesforce is both a plus and a minus, but overall, a very large plus and a smart way to develop the Propel service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think Propel is doing very well in bringing PLM tools to new and underserved market of small companies. Not that the tool is limited to small company needs, but the competing tools generally require more of an infrastructure and staffing investment than I have found to be the case with Propel.

As a small company, we were looking for something we could use to help in working with our contract manufacturer and to bring some discipline to our release and maintenance cycles. This has worked well. At the beginning Propel was not as familiar with common practices of the electronics manufacturing and design cycle as we might have hoped (some features of the BOM tool were a bit counter to what we had expected), but they have developed these tools significantly over the 2 years we have been using the product.

I think that we still under-utilize the power of the Propel tool and leave a lot of the features unexplored.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Propel for PLM and PIM (BOM control and releases, parts and revision tracking, etc.). We anticipate using it for quality issues tracking

What PLM solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Propel review by Karthik N.
Karthik N.
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"Great support! Great system!"

What do you like best?

- Flexibility - gives us the ability to do us a wide variety of customizations for our workspaces.

- Support - extremely responsive support from Propel. No issue goes unaddressed.

- $$$$ - no nickel and diming here! Cost effective.

- Salesforce platform - for companies that are on Salesforce, this is THE solution one must go to.

What do you dislike?

There is always room for improvement. No dislikes though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutely go for it - if you want a PLM solution that is or at least heading to the 21st century! They are a growing and incredible team, who know what exactly they are doing. They take customer feedback seriously and work with you to find a solution to almost any problem.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Change order processing has become more streamlined.

Propel review by User in Medical Devices
User in Medical Devices
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"Efficient and Consistent Work Option"

What do you like best?

There's so much to choose about what I like about this PLM.

The user friendly site.

The salesforce.com platform.

The easy way you can attach documents.

What do you dislike?

The one thing that is not efficient is the manual attachment of emails. The option I have in mind is like salesforce.com the ability to sync outlook to propel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a platform for Regulatory this is the one. It is under the same Salesforce.com platform. User -friendly training should be quick not stressful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work in the International Regulatory Affairs department.

We are currently launching a QMS workflow system at our company. However, I was advised that their is an international registration workflow.

The benefits I've realized is that the process is efficient and consistent. Efficiency meaning we does less manual work and are less prone to errors.The entire cross functional team is involved and we have one place for data.

Consistency everyone uses the same platform instead of using different ways of uploading and analyzing data.

Propel review by Al F.
Al F.
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"Amazing Early Adopter Experience"

What do you like best?

I was a long time Agile user, in fact one of Agile's first customers so I am quite familiar with the Beta partner early adopter experience and many, many years of PLM. When we decided to abandon Agile and become an early adopter of Propel, we had expectations of a troublesome migration and transition, along with young code riddled with bugs to work through. But, this was not the case. Young code yes, but one of the benefits of early adoption is that you get to work closer with the company to grow the software. The Propel team is an exceptional group of bright, helpful, talented people that do not take their responsibility lightly, and do not put you at risk. I have never had such a smooth, painless deployment with a superior level of support from Propel. The best thing about Propel is the people, who quickly become your partner in success.

What do you dislike?

Nothing is perfect at least not to everybody. I personally tend to prefer thick Windows clients, but I have adopted Propel's browser interface and even found many features that compel me to say I prefer Propel as a cloud interface. Most of the limitations I run across are usually SalesForce based, not Propel. The Propel team takes note of the concern, and I get surprised in an update release to discover they have found a way to circumvent the SalesForce limitation and provide the functionality I desire. I occasionally run across a bug, but the team is so responsive, I never have to actually worry.

If there is one thing I actually dislike, is using the iPhone app Salesforce1 . Not very attuned to Propel functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

1. If you are already a SalesForce user, then this is a no-brainer extension to the platform you already have.

2. Simplify. Take the opportunity to consolidate and simplify your data and processes.

3. Take advantage of the experience working closely with the Propel customer team, they are great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product Data management, Engineering Change management, and now embarking on Quality Corrective and Preventive Action management. We have many of our Manufacturers on our system, so there's never an excuse for not having the latest information.

We live and work in a mobile environment and now with Propel we can manage our data from anywhere, on any device.

Propel review by Ben C.
Ben C.
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"PropelPLM "

What do you like best?

1. Large company PLM features without the heavy implementation of annual fees.

2. We use Salesforce, so it's a very familiar platform for us. We know the underlying platform is fundamentally solid, so there is no risk there.

3. Ease of customization and capability expansion, again without managing a huge project.

What do you dislike?

We have to be careful in setting up user controls to not to cause conflict with sales and marketing organizations in Salesforce.

The biggest challenge in setting up PLM is getting clean BOM data in when we have multiple partners conducting final assembly. There are many feature to help loading but there is still the data clean up process. It's not clear if/how that can be fixed when we want the granularity in component supplier information we need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BOM capture, ECO controls, Cost rollup. First, we have cleaned up our BOMs and identified immediate for cost reduction opportunities.

Propel review by Administrator in Design
Administrator in Design
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"Propel PLM- Honest Impressions from a prior Arena Admin"

What do you like best?

Propel is lightweight and quick. The required clicks are fewer than Arena, and page loads are much quicker. The UI is easy on the eyes -- light and bright! Based on a mature Salesforce platform, it is highly configurable. Has potential to integrate with other Salesforce-based services.

The customer support from the Propel team is incredibly quick and responsive- the video chats and emails with diagramed instructions are thorough and instructive.

What do you dislike?

Without a prior knowledge of Salesforce, I've had a bit of a learning curve as the admin. But, again, the team is a great help.

A few bugs (quick resolutions) and sparse online tutorials.

No simple way to demo or even see the platform without scheduling with the Propel team.

Not much information or many reviews online.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Drag and drop document upload.

Quick cloud-based platform.

Brilliant support.

It was a risk without much background info, but I'm glad we went this way in the end.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need a controlled document repository for engineering data.

We need a platform for controlled data release to our vendors.

Propel does this and much more!

Propel review by Matt V.
Matt V.
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"Next generation of PLM"

What do you like best?

Propel has been great giving us a flexible PLM foundation in the cloud that will scale as our business grows. Their customer support has been amazing. Intuitive, easy to use design built on top of salesforce platform gives you usability without sacrificing reliability.

What do you dislike?

Not much missing from a core PLM and more features every week. If you want to get picky, compliance tagging is not there yet, but they've been working on solutions for us.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you just need a solid, web based PLM solution that you can implement quickly, Propel is the way to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PLM quickly for a startup that is growing fast. We were able to get setup and using in a couple weeks and the bottleneck was time on our end for training and starting to use. We've been able to easily, quickly onboard new employees - quadrupled our licenses from initial implementation to today.

Propel review by Michael F.
Michael F.
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"PropelPLM: An Obvious Choice "

What do you like best?

Easy to get around. Salesforce platform is a dream. Easy to get around. Very intuitive. Define workflows to match our processes.

What do you dislike?

The flow of tasks is not perfect. Close though. Editing items is a 2 step confirmation. It should be one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take advantage of the Salesforce platform capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to manage the lifecycle is really important. PropelPLM allows us to do this.

Propel review by Tony O.
Tony O.
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"Great app backed by a strong team"

What do you like best?

Product cost tracking, bills of material management, improved quoting process with more well defined products, intuitive user interface, powerful multi-level BOM import, ability to create custom object relationships with other items in Salesforce platform

What do you dislike?

Lack of flexibility with exports and reports. "Used in product X" is a notably missing field for reports and filters.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Manual BOM entry was getting out of control across multiple products. As clever as we could be with Excel, Propel does it better.

Propel review by Executive Sponsor
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"ease of use & SFDC integration - welcome to the future of PLM!"

What do you like best?

We love that Propel works with our Salesforce platform and can integrate with our asset tracking for researching BOMs of past products and tracking for the future!

What do you dislike?

We would like more cost tracking features - we are designed to be cost focused on our parts ordering and configs and we need the flexibility for historical tracking so that we can see cost increases over time (or decreases, if we're so lucky).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have made updating quarterly component pricing about a 1 day project from what was a 3 week project! This has allowed our team to focus on higher priority items and given us much more flexibility in timeline of receipt of pricing to implementation.

Propel review by Sammy T.
Sammy T.
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"Using Propel as our PLM system has been remarkably smooth. "

What do you like best?

I really love the ability to customize so many of the workflows we use.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike most about Propel is the workaround for mass BOM updates.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cross-functional communication flows. The built-in chatter extension provides faster communication than email.

Propel review by Internal Consultant
Internal Consultant
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"Business Intelligence Manager"

What do you like best?

Standard salesforce interface and the ability to reuse existing salesforce objects in Propel.

Control of approvals and workflows.

Propel team is young and agile, and very responsive in their product development.

What do you dislike?

Limited ability to interface with external systems when using the in-built APIs and csv imports.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No centralised product information management.

We now have a central repository that we can continue to expand on in moving other PIM into it.

Propel review by Michael H.
Michael H.
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"PropelPLM"

What do you like best?

It is built on Salesforce, so not only is it a proven cloud platform, but it puts products and customers adjacent to each other.

What do you dislike?

No dislikes. Just anxious to see the development path for additional functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use with salesforce. Fill in attribution as completely as possible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not only do we need a platform for managing the lifecycle of our products, but we want to add something that doesn't increase our IT footprint.

FYI, i tried to upload a screenshot of me logged into PropelPLM, but kept getting errors. Please contact me for an image to accompany this review.

Propel review by Consultant in Consumer Electronics
Consultant in Consumer Electronics
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"PropelPLM"

What do you like best?

PropelPLM is very configurable, easy to use and the dataload process is quick! The UI is intuitive and with a brief demo of functionality and navigation a user can be up and running in record time. This tool provides full realtime history.

What do you dislike?

The Where Used is located off to the right of the main screen and from the perspective of an Analyst or Engineer that relies on this key piece of information, it would be more readily accessible on the main screen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend Propel PLM as the tool of choice! It's the future and leaves the other guys in the dust.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast & easy deployment of a PLM solution! After years of Administration & implementation of other PLM tools, Propel has simplified the process and made the experience fun!

Propel review by Administrator
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"I would highly recommend this product for PLM solution"

What do you like best?

The team was absolutely helpful. They jump into the task straight away if the client has any issue or stuck with anything. The implementation was very good. The project Manager Brian Schomers was very helpful to implement the solution.

What do you dislike?

I have nothing to dislike. there is nothing I can give negative feedback

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product Data Management

Propel review by Jan M.
Jan M.
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"Managing revision controlled BOMs in collaborative environment"

What do you like best?

- Based on Salesforce Platform

- Integrates easily into existing business processes

- Intuitive business flow of setting up and managing BOMs

- flexible adaptation for customization

What do you dislike?

- latency of Salesforce Platform, still though a huge improvement compared to our previous Excel BOM management experience :-)

Recommendations to others considering the product

right size your implementation...

start with the most important process needs, validate and finetune

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Multitasking of parallel projects

- improved collaboration between multisite engineering/sales/operations teams

- revision control

Propel review by Dries D.
Dries D.
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"Great new entrant in the PLM space"

What do you like best?

- built on top of Salesforce platform

- integration with CRM/sales side

- new ideas about BOM management

What do you dislike?

- too many lists, should be more graphical. Enterprise software should look more at consumer software and steal the best ideas.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you come from Agile PLM, then Propel will look very familiar albeit with a modern twist and improved features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Integrating PLM to MCAD

- configure to order

- build to order

Propel review by Maria B.
Maria B.
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"Efficient Automated Workflow"

What do you like best?

User friendly system

The variety of quality/regulatory options

What do you dislike?

Unsure if this program can sync to outlooc

Recommendations to others considering the product

Salesforce.com platform based

Variety of Quality/Regulatory efficient workflows

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Regulatory International Tech Files

Propel review by Ken M.
Ken M.
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"Engineer "

What do you like best?

Bill of materials defining product specification variants

What do you dislike?

Lack of usage. We are new to system and are just starting

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product data management

Propel review by Administrator
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"Previous experience with Arena"

What do you like best?

Drag and drop file uploads and the customization side of it.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the customization side of things is intimidating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Propel is very dynamic compared to a lot of other PLM solutions; where other PLM solutions I've come across are more static and may not meet all of your company's needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streamlining workflows while maintaining compliance.

Propel review by User in Telecommunications
User in Telecommunications
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"Excellent PLM with rapid deployment, and incredible customer service"

What do you like best?

Deployment took less than a month to roll out

Customer service is fast. Bugs are solved within 24 hours.

New features are being rolled out constantly

What do you dislike?

More tutorials on how to use the features of the product.

Zendesk knowledgebase is a good step in that direction. Keep building it!

Some BOM update automation options would help with BOM updates.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Problmes solved: Engineering version and release control.

Propel review by Executive Sponsor
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"Effective plm platform that provides the ability to directly interact with peers"

What do you like best?

The ability to perform quick searches and to connect, when required, with Sales Force via a simple click.

What do you dislike?

The menu to review the ECO's is hard to grasp at the beginning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ability to create, if necessary, additional fields.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ability to control and monitor progress on changes and the record keeping

Propel review by User
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"Preliminary Propel review"

What do you like best?

The ability to do cost roll ups and manage engineering BOMs

What do you dislike?

Would like smoother interaction with word documents

Recommendations to others considering the product

Too early to provide input

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Specification management in conjunction with document management

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