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23 May 2008

CIMdata PLM Industry Summary

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Analysis
CIMdata’s latest opinion poll indicates that a significant majority of those responding see their company’s PLM effort, including the development of its strategy, being led by one of the following three groups: engineering, manufacturing, or corporate management. While CIMdata is somewhat surprised to see that 38% of the respondents indicated that manufacturing is driving their PLM initiative we are encouraged by this because we believe that this is an indication that many companies understand the value and necessity of accurate and complete product definition information being available to manufacturing. This may also indicate a growing acceptance of digital manufacturing and those PLM enabling solutions that support manufacturing engineering as various computer-aided design and analysis tools have supported product engineering.

It is no surprise that 34% of the respondents indicated that their company’s PLM initiative is being driven by engineering. For many years engineering has been the prime driver for the implementation of PDM, CAD, and a number of other PLM enabling aolutions.

Finally, it is important to note that the third largest driver was corporate management. This points to a trend that CIMdata has seen for some time; a trend towards companies considering PLM more and more as an enterprise initiative. CIMdata expects this trend to continue as PLM is seen by companies in multiple industries as a true enterprise business strategy.

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