Let’s say you’ve seen the light and made the decision to implement a formal Product Data Management (PDM) system. Great! Welcome aboard. But just like any other significant purchase you make, you’re apt to do a bit research before you break out your credit card. You’ll consult with your peers, poke around a few forums, maybe even subject yourself to a few vendor sites (PS – thanks for stopping by).
All of these things are part of a normal buying process and we encourage you to partake. But you know what might really help you out? A PDM Buyer’s Guide. Preferably one written by a recognized authority on technologies that enable engineering, including CAD, simulation, PDM and PLM.
For years, practically every solution has been a carbon copy of the next, with all the same capabilities and little innovation. They all provide check-in, check-out, CAD integration, version histories and more. Of course, the software company providing the Computer Aided Design (CAD) application used in engineering likely produces the PDM system that understands your design data the best. However, in the end, such PDM systems offered little opportunity to generate any kind of competitive advantage. Such PDM systems were just a means of keeping pace with industry peers. Overall, we’ve seen years and years of me-too PDM solutions.
But here’s the catch: every class of technology undergoes an era of innovation and disruption. For PDM systems, we’re in such an era today.
All of these changes and more reframe the criteria that should be considered when selecting a PDM system. Ultimately, that is the purpose of this buyer's guide.
Every class of technology undergoes an era of innovation and disruption. For PDM systems, we’re in such an era today. Lifecycle Insights' Principal Analyst Chad Jackson put together the perfect buyer's guide to help you weigh your options.