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5 September 2008

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CIMdata PLM Market Analysis 2008 Report "Actuals through 2007, Forecasts through 2012"

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CIMdata PLM Market Analysis – 2008 Report “Actuals through 2007, Forecasts through 2012” comes in two modules.

This report presents an analysis of the 2007 Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) market. It includes analyses of the overall PLM market and its various sectors. These include cPDm, Tools and Tools sub-sectors, and Digital Manufacturing. This analysis provides CIMdata’s perspective on PLM across a variety of industry and geographic sectors, identifies market trends, reviews investments in PLM-related software and services during 2007, and forecasts PLM investments for 2008 through 2012. The forecasts are based on data available through the first quarter of 2008. It is important to note that the data and revenue information presented in this report are CIMdata’s estimates of the PLM revenue performance of the various suppliers. The PLM Market Analysis Report comes in two modules:

Module 1 presents an overview of the PLM market, overall market statistics, and an analysis of PLM suppliers' performance in 2007.

Module 2 builds on the information presented in Module 1 by providing detailed geographic and industry 2007 PLM revenue results and forecasts from 2008 to 2012. The PLM Market Analysis Report is sold as a stand-alone report or as part of the CIMdata PLM Community Membership.

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CIMdata is now featuring online polls with real time reporting on our web site at 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.

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The results for the last opinion poll are:

NOTE: The results of these polls are anecdotal, not scientific.
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The results of last month’s poll (What is the primary driver for deploying PLM solutions within your business) indicate that cost savings and cycle time reductions are still the leading drivers for PLM implementations. These two areas represent over 50% of the responders primary drivers (25% for cost savings and 28% for cycle time reductions). These have been the primary drivers for over four years – in a similar CIMdata poll in 2004 over 53% indicated the same primary drivers. New product introduction also remains important with 16% of respondents indicating that it was a primary driver. These results confirm that enterprises are under pressure to get new products to market faster while continuing to reduce costs. These pressures reflect the need for companies to improve their profitability and maintain their competitive position through faster delivery of more products.

Improving manufacturability is also an important driver with 14% of respondents indicating it was primary. This is up from just over 3% four years ago and indicates the increasing importance of being able to more efficiently (and more cost effectively) manufacture the increasing number of new or improved products being brought to market. Other factors such as serviceability and regulatory compliance are drivers but at this time less important than cost and time reductions.

For comparison results from this poll when it was featured in 2004:

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