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PLM is Dead, Long Live PLM

We are seeing an increasing number of task-oriented new tools that streamline task functionality. Most of them are written in up to date code so they can be integrated or interact with other PLM functionality from other task-oriented systems.

True, many of these tools may not satisfy the oversight needs for large integrated projects standardized in larger organizations. From a team perspective or small organization perspective these are all you may need to get started with certain PLM efforts to manage engineering data projects.

Take for example the newly-released OpenBoM. For a few bucks a month individual engineers can have access to highly integrated BOM functionality that also reaches into the supply chain. This always on, always up-to-date, always integrated tool is a radically new, Google Sheets-type way of structuring BOM activities without the overhead of other parts of a PLM environment.

In addition we are seeing folks use the likes of Autodesk PLM 360 simply as a project management tool for scheduling as opposed to integrating all other PLM functionalities.

So is PLM Dead?

Probably not. But lumbering older highly integrated PLM environments are under pressure to be more responsive to teams that have need for more nimble functionality with a better price and support entry point. Instant-on anyone?

So old style PLM vendors and installations will have to either adapt with some of this new functionality, or they may find themselves dinosaurs.

And at the same time these newer, dis-integrated PLM tools will ultimately not be successful for their users until they build linkages to other parts of the traditional PLM information exchange.

Dan Raker has been observing and publishing about PLM for over 35 years.

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Published 2016-04-11 00:00:00