February 18, 2008

Is PLM actually PDM in disguise?

Writing about web page http://www.caddigest.com/subjects/PLM/select/010704_day_pdm.htm

I’ve come across this article, albeit bit old, which argues that PLM is nothing but a glorified version of good old PDM. Please discuss.


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  1. Neil Davis

    I think this is a valid observation and recently I heard of a very well respected global engineering company who use their PLM systems for not much more than PDM. The reality is that few users ever use all of the features of complex software, they just focus on the features that address their most immediate needs. Just think of all the features in Word or Excel and then ask “how many of these do I actually use?” if won’t be that many.

    Does this mean that PLM is a mirage? No, I don’t think so. It is going to take time for managers to realize all the missed opportunities of using a PLM systems just as a data vault. It is going to take time to make it easier for users to exploit the PLM capabilities and it is going to take time for PLM products to mature and reach a price-performance level that is attractive to smaller companies.

    02 Apr 2008, 14:48

  2. Vijay Richard

    Good Question Neil, Fantastic answer ofcourse.
    My expericence being part of core PDM and PLM initiatives of some of the well known Automotive OEMs in South Asia Pacific, clearly tells me that already many companies which ate thinking ahead and performing better than their counterparts in terms of product development and innovation have realised benefits of PLM. Now we are at a stage where part suppliers (tier 1,2,3) have started realising the same. As you may be aware some of these suppliers are larger than some of the OEM interms of profits.

    27 Apr 2008, 03:32


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