# Return on Investment (ROI)

It is self-explanatory, that companies can achieve great benefits from having a master set of data, where they can reuse item structures, BOMs, documents and drawings, while improving worldwide collaboration and still keep their complete tracking and traceability. **But how much does a typical engineer need to improve their time to make the investment pay off?**

**Break-even of Bluestar PLM:** 8.32 minutes per workday.

**Increase in revenue per Engineer:** $4370.00

We’ve done the math and present you with an example below.

## Example: Break-even point of Bluestar PLM

There are more than just pure procurement costs to consider before calculating the break-even point of a PLM-system. To calculate the break-even point of Bluestar PLM, we initially need **1.** the cost of engineering, **2.** the cost of licenses and **3.** the cost of implementation.

1. Calculating engineering costs

In this example, the cost price for an engineer is estimated as $7500 per month working 40 hours per week.*

- An engineer has 22 workdays per month.
- This gives the engineer 176 workhours per month.
- This gives a salary per hour of $42.61 for the engineer.

** According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) engineers have a median annual wage of $91,010. Please see references below.*

### 2. Calculating acquisition costs

Task | Cost |
---|---|

Total monthly subscription costs (100 full-access users) |
$10.000 per month |

Implementation costs of Bluestar PLM | $80.000 * |

Internal costs of the implementation | $100.000 |

Expected depreciation time | 5 years ** |

** **Depends on which solution and modules you choose.*

*** Depreciation is a way of allocating the costs of an investment over its useful life expectancy. In this case, we assume the only “investment” is the implementation, as it is a one-time investment and as fixed monthly costs are not depreciated in ordinary accounting policies. Internal costs are an estimate that covers the expected costs of the internal resources needed to acquire a PLM system.*

#### How do we calculate the total cost of license and implementation per user?

The foundation of calculating the licens and implementation cost is = (((implementation costs + internal costs) / number of users) / years depreciation) / month per year + monthly subscription cost per user. With the example of 100 users this gives us = (((100,000 + 80,000) / 100) / 5) / 12 + 100 = $130 per user per month during 5 years depreciation.

### What have our customers accomplished?

##### Automated Bakery Equipment Solutions

Automated Bakery Equipment Solutions (AMF) is a global leader in providing complete bakery systems, offering a diverse range of bakery machines from single units to comprehensive production lines…

##### Norican Group

Norican Group was formed in September 2008 when moulding technology company Disa merged with Wheelabrator, a worldwide surface preparation technology provider…

##### Scanlab

SCANLAB has grown to around 500 employees in just over three decades. Most of them are employed at the headquarters near Munich, however, they come from 36 different countries…

## What is the break-even point?

The break-even point is the level of efficiency (in terms of the value of hours) per engineer needed to cover the fixed costs; the level at which the company does not make either a profit or a loss on the fixed costs (implementation + monthly subscription) of Bluestar PLM.

#### Calculating the break-even point **during** 5 years of depreciation

The break-even point during the first 5 years can be calculated by: Total cost of subscription and implementation per engineer / engineer, salary per hour.

**Break-even point per month:** 130 / 42.61 = 3.05 hours per month.

**Break-even point per workday:** (3.05 / 22 workdays) * 60 minutes = 8.32 minutes per workday.

#### Calculating the break-even point **after** 5 years of depreciation

The break-even point after the first 5 years can be calculated by: Total cost of subscription per engineer / engineer, salary per hour.

**Break-even point per month:** Monthly subscription costs per engineer / engineer, salary per hour.

**Break-even point per workday:** 100 / 42.61 = 2.35 hours equivalent to 6.40 minutes per workday.

#### Conclusion

The engineer needs to save at least **8.32 minutes** (during depreciation) and **6.40 minutes** (after depreciation) of their time per workday in order to reach the point of break even.

## Example: Increase in efficiency

**Note!** The Engineering ROI is based on the assumption that the average engineer will create a revenue for the company equivalent to 3 times their monthly salary. Is this example, we estimate an increase in efficiency of 20%.

Type | Value |
---|---|

Cost price per engineer per month | $7,500 |

Revenue from engineer | $22,500.00 |

Increase in efficiency | 20% |

Expected revenue from engineer | $27,000.00 |

Difference | $4,500.00 |

Cost of Bluestar PLM (during depreciation) per month | $-130.00 |

Increase in revenue |
$4,370.00 |

#### Conclusion

When the expected difference in revenue due to increased efficiency of the engineer is deducted the cost of Bluestar PLM, we get a final expected increase in revenue of **$4,370.00 per month**.