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14 March 2008

CIMdata PLM Industry Summary

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Events for PLM technology and service suppliers to examine the Industry's performance, gauge its progress and set the vision for the future. (Details)

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CIMdata presents PLM and Factory Automation Sessions at INDUSTRIE PARIS 2008 (Details)


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The results for the last opinion poll are:

Opinion Poll Graph on PLM Strategy

CIMdata Analysis:

This opinion poll indicates that of the companies responding, 43% initiated their program within the last 3 years. This group generally reflects the recent adoptions of PLM by small to medium size enterprises. Adoption of PLM by SMEs has been growing rapidly as the PLM providers have developed solutions targeted to that market. The group that initiated their PLM program between 3 and ten years ago (almost 38% of respondents) generally represents larger enterprises which have been the primary market for PLM solutions since the mid to late 1990s. Those companies that initiated their program over ten years ago represents the early adopters of PLM – generally larger automotive, aerospace and heavy machinery companies.

A majority of respondents also indicated that their company had a formal PLM strategy. CIMdata strongly recommends that company establish a PLM strategy prior to selecting any specific solutions and beginning implementations. Having a defined strategy provides a framework for determining the best solution for each individual company and for how the solutions should be deployed to deliver the maximum benefit for that investment. In the opinion poll 43% indicated that their company conducts a yearly PLM audit – a best practice that CIMdata strongly recommends – and another 41% indicated that they conducted audits randomly over time.

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