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11 April 2008

CIMdata PLM Industry Summary

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CIMdata 2008 PLM Vendor Forums

CIMdata’s 2008 PLM Vendor Forum, “The Emergence of Large Enterprise Suppliers: New Opportunities for All”, will provide a focused review of the impact of the emergence of large-scale PLM suppliers and the challenges and opportunities that this market evolution creates for all PLM suppliers, along with a discussion of effective strategies to address these challenges.  As always, CIMdata’s perspective on the state of the PLM market and trends will be reviewed in detail, as well as the first public exposure to CIMdata’s 2007 PLM Market Analysis; including statistics regarding market growth across PLM domains, industries, and regions, and the performance (revenue and market share analysis) of leading PLM providers.

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CIMdata Online Polls

CIMdata is now featuring online polls with real time reporting on our web site at http://www.cimdata.com/polls/polls.html. Each week the results of the previous poll will be included in the CIMdata PLM Industry Summary to help you stay on top of trends in the PLM industry.

Take a moment to visit the site and vote on our current poll.

The results for the last opinion poll are:

The poll indicates that 35% of responders consider PLM implementation to be as complex as implementing an ERP solution.

Another 26% of responders indicated that PLM implementation was more complex than ERP. For large enterprises, PLM implementations generally encompass a significant amount of process change and integration with other business and technology applications. This can require a major amount of services and can have significant impact on how people work. Such change is inherently complex – similar to or more so than many ERP implementations.

Some 39% indicated that PLM implementation was easier than ERP implementation. For smaller enterprises, PLM implementations tend to be more narrowly focused than those at larger companies. This results in less integration, process impact and other changes. PLM implementations of smaller scope can be completed in a much short time than ERP implementations at the same company.

The results of the poll reinforce that larger implementations (and most PLM implementations to date have been in larger enterprises) much be planned and executed as would any other enterprise level system – and can be just as complex.

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