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Is the New PLM Right for You? Surveys Reveal All
When it comes to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) product design and manufacturing companies have many options in both desktop and cloud versions, and in a variety of licensing, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

Back in April we surveyed ConnectPress readers to see what PLM functionality they were interested in and to learn more about how/if they were using a PLM system (or multiple), and we found that the single most important feature respondents were interested in is managing data.

Collaboration was the second most requested feature. When asked about cloud-based PLM 57% said they were interested in it for a future deployment. You can hear the Roundtable to learn more about the results and hear from Autodesk's Ron Locklin and Oleg Shilovitsky (Beyond PLM, OpenBoM) on PLM trends and their respective solutions here.

In alarming news, a survey released by cloud-based PLM contender, Arena Solutions, this past June revealed that half of product companies still use spreadsheets, or nothing at all to manage complex Bill of Materials (BOM).

If that sounds like your company you may want to see what Arena Solutions has to offer or check out the SaaS-based OpenBoM solution, launched by Shilovitsky and Vic Sanchez. OpenBoM is a cloud-based collaboration tool for managing BOMs, eliminating the need to track product data spreadsheets across networks of engineers, supply chain managers and contract manufacturers.

Autodesk continues to stand by their pitch for cloud-based PLM too, and have just announced Cloud PDM as part of their flagship PLM solution, Fusion Lifecycle (formerly Autodesk PLM 360), at their recent PLM event Accelerate 2016.

Going mobile continues to become more of a reality with solutions like Fusion Lifecyle and Onshape, who offers CAD, PDM and collaboration in their toolset.

But managing engineering data has expanded from much more than just CAD data, with the need for design teams to access analysis and simulation data and be able to communicate and share that data as well, to people outside of the discipline. A key player in this arena is ESTECO, who provides Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) solutions to help streamline collaboration, providing PDM and PLM integration with their products like SOMO and modeFrontier.

No matter what your needs are you're sure to get a feel for some of the options available to you and see how leading edge companies are deploying, in this Spotlight.

Don't get left behind and keep up with the competition as PLM usage continues to grow. CIMdata reported in their PLM Market Report Series a 2.8% increase in growth in 2015, up from 2014. You can see which companies derived the most revenues in the overall PLM market and read more about the report here.

CIMdata has also introduced a new practice focusing on the convergence of AEC and manufacturing in an effort to bridge the gap between manufacturing and the design, fabrication, and operation of facilities and ultimately reduce waste, budget, and timeline contingencies, improve compliance, quality, and the flow of information. Their latest research has found that PLM-based practices can also benefit the AEC.

Learn more about all the above, along with other PLM solutions like ENOVIA, Teamcenter, Windchill, Aras and more in this Spotlight.

ConnectPress would like to thank the sponsors of this PLM Spotlight, Autodesk and ESTECO. You can learn more about their products and hear their thoughts on our latest survey results in this webinar, "Managing Simulation, Optimization, Collaboration and Process in a PDM - PLM Integrated System."
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Webinar: Managing Simulation, Optimization, Collaboration and Process in a PDM - PLM Integrated System
By ConnectPress
We share the results from our PLM survey, plus Autodesk and ESTECO discuss integrating simulation and processes into PDM and PLM.

What's New in Fusion Lifecycle: September 2016 Release
By Michelle Stone, Autodesk
Fusion Lifecycle sees improved report management, better email notifications, clone import projects feature, and adds cloud PDM.

CIDEON Case Study: AERZEN
By CIDEON
Read about how the company used SAP PLM for data management and ERP with Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD software on over 100 workstations.

Real-time Collaborative Edit is Coming to CAD & PLM
By Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM
The manufacturing industry could benefit from real-time collaboration apps. like Google Docs and Apple iWorks. See which CAD/PLM vendors come close.

The Present and the Future of MDO
By ESTECO
Bringing together simulation data, expertise and technology within the PLM system is key in Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO).

ESTECO Empowers a New Collaborative MDO Strategy for Improving Vehicle Design at Ford
By ESTECO
ESTECO highlights how Ford pools resources from different departments around the world and funnels that knowledge into the vehicle design process.

modeFRONTIER @ Airworks Engineering: Multidisciplinary Collaboration Made Easy
By ESTECO
With the ESTECO Enterprise Suite Airworks was able to share and manage simulation data and engineering knowledge effectively allowing for a faster turnout.

Convergences: Higher Education and PLM Upheavals
By Peter A. Bilello, President, CIMdata
CIMdata says that only a small fraction of PLM is being taught in engineering like CAD and CAE, but convergences like STEAM and IoT will impact.

Siemens Healthcare Successfully Reduces Purchase Part Range
By BCT Technology
By implementing BCT's classification tool, BCT aClass, with Teamcenter and NX, significant improvements were achieved.

Inphi Accelerates Big Data Internally
By Razorleaf
A challenge of integration and the help of Razorleaf lead Inphi to streamline their Big Data, saving time and money.

The Beginning and Future of CIMdata's AEC & Manufacturing Convergence Consulting Practice
Compiled by ConnectPress
Ed Martin brings 36 years of experience with him to CIMdata's AEC & Manufacturing Convergence Consulting Practice. We interviewed him to learn more.

Integration Rules Show Floor at Siemens PLM Connection 2016
By Sam Uliano, ConnectPress Editor
Seventy-five partner companies displayed their tech and wares at Siemens PLM Connection 2016 this past week. Here are some that caught our eye.

Webinar: Is the New PLM Right for You? Cloud, Saas and Dis-integration of PLM Functions Opens New Opportunities
By ConnectPress
In this webinar we share the results of our PLM survey and industry experts from Autodesk and Beyond PLM discuss new PLM options like cloud-based PLM.

 
News
Autodesk Adds Cloud-based Product Data Management to Fusion Lifecycle
Announcement by Autodesk
Autodesk has added PDM capabilities to their cloud-based PLM solution, Fusion Lifecycle, which was formerly Autodesk PLM 360.

Arena Solutions Releases New Training Management Module to Further Expand Its Product Development Platform
Press Release Issued by Arena Solutions
Arena Solutions' Arena Summer 2016 release of their cloud-based PLM offering now features a new module: Arena Training Management for Arena QMS.

Survey Reveals Half of Product Companies Still Use Spreadsheets (or Nothing at All) to Manage Complex Bill of Materials
Press Release Issued by Arena Solutions
A survey by Arena Solutions revealed that half of product companies still use spreadsheets, or nothing at all to manage complex bill of materials.

Propel Announces the Propel PLM Suite on the Salesforce AppExchange, the World's Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace
Press Release by Propel
Key features include modern PLM capabilities that can help both big and small businesses, customer request processing, and much more.

ESTECO Enterprise Suite New Release Bringing Design Optimization to PLM
Press Release Issued by ESTECO
With new SOMO plug-in connectors, ESTECO Enterprise Suite provides integration with PLM systems to link simulation data to the entire enterprise.