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15 January 2010

CIMdata PLM Industry Summary

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CIMdata Online Polls

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:

CIMdata’s most recent poll asked participants to indicate where they expected to receive the most value from PLM. Not surprisingly, design engineering was the highest rated (34% of responders). Design engineering was the first adopter of PLM and has the most deployed and mature use of PLM solutions. PLM solution suppliers have provided tailored applications for design engineering departments in many industries and these can provide significant benefits to those organizations.

System Engineering (and Requirements Management) was rated second with a 21% share of responders. This reflects the awareness of increasing product complexity and the need to consider the entire product (mechanical, electronic, and software) as a whole unit to be able to make better design decisions. Requirements Management reflects the need to understand the “voice of the customer” and track those requirements to the product design decisions. CIMdata expects that Systems Engineering and Requirements Management will continue to become more and more important in driving product development.

With a 20 % share, Enterprise Simulation Management is becoming an area that can deliver major, sustained benefit. As companies continue to compress the development lifecycle and try to reduce building physical prototypes, being able to manage the simulation and analysis processes and data becomes more important. Using PLM to manage simulation and analysis more effectively is an area that more companies will focus on in the future to complement the management of the design information.

Digital manufacturing (16% of responders) is also growing in importance, though more slowly than earlier predicted. As digital manufacturing solutions become more widely available, the ability to more effectively bridge design engineering and manufacturing should produce quantifiable benefits for companies.

While field service (7% of responders) received the smallest number of votes, this is an area that is just beginning to utilize PLM methods and solutions applied to it. However, the potential impact is huge in some service-based industries and this area should gain visibility and value. Over time, this area will grow in importance.

NOTE: The results of these polls are anecdotal, not scientific.
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