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Is the New PLM Right for You? Surveys Reveal All
When it comes to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) product design and manufacturing companies have many options in both desktop and cloud versions, and in a variety of licensing, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

Back in April we surveyed ConnectPress readers to see what PLM functionality they were interested in and to learn more about how/if they were using a PLM system (or multiple), and we found that the single most important feature respondents were interested in is managing data.

Collaboration was the second most requested feature. When asked about cloud-based PLM 57% said they were interested in it for a future deployment. You can hear the Roundtable to learn more about the results and hear from Autodesk's Ron Locklin and Oleg Shilovitsky (Beyond PLM, OpenBoM) on PLM trends and their respective solutions here.

In alarming news, a survey released by cloud-based PLM contender, Arena Solutions, this past June revealed that half of product companies still use spreadsheets, or nothing at all to manage complex Bill of Materials (BOM).
If that sounds like your company you may want to see what Arena Solutions has to offer or check out the SaaS-based OpenBoM solution, launched by Shilovitsky and Vic Sanchez. OpenBoM is a cloud-based collaboration tool for managing BOMs, eliminating the need to track product data spreadsheets across networks of engineers, supply chain managers and contract manufacturers.

Autodesk continues to stand by their pitch for cloud-based PLM too, and have just announced Cloud PDM as part of their flagship PLM solution, Fusion Lifecycle (formerly Autodesk PLM 360), at their recent PLM event Accelerate 2016.

Going mobile continues to become more of a reality with solutions like Fusion Lifecyle and Onshape, who offers CAD, PDM and collaboration in their toolset.

But managing engineering data has expanded from much more than just CAD data, with the need for design teams to access analysis and simulation data and be able to communicate and share that data as well, to people outside of the discipline. A key player in this arena is ESTECO, who provides Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) solutions to help streamline collaboration, providing PDM and PLM integration with their products like SOMO and modeFrontier.

No matter what your needs are you're sure to get a feel for some of the options available to you and see how leading edge companies are deploying, in this Spotlight.

Don't get left behind and keep up with the competition as PLM usage continues to grow. CIMdata reported in their PLM Market Report Series a 2.8% increase in growth in 2015, up from 2014. You can see which companies derived the most revenues in the overall PLM market and read more about the report here.

CIMdata has also introduced a new practice focusing on the convergence of AEC and manufacturing in an effort to bridge the gap between manufacturing and the design, fabrication, and operation of facilities and ultimately reduce waste, budget, and timeline contingencies, improve compliance, quality, and the flow of information. Their latest research has found that PLM-based practices can also benefit the AEC.

Learn more about all the above, along with other PLM solutions like ENOVIA, Teamcenter, Windchill, Aras and more in this Spotlight.

ConnectPress would like to thank the sponsors of this PLM Spotlight, Autodesk and ESTECO. You can learn more about their PLM strategies in this webinar, "Managing Simulation, Optimization, Collaboration and Process in a PDM - PLM Integrated System." The survey results on the same topic are also discussed here.
Webinar: Managing Simulation, Optimization, Collaboration and Process in a PDM - PLM Integrated System
By ConnectPress
We share the results from our PLM survey, plus Autodesk and ESTECO discuss integrating simulation and processes into PDM and PLM.

Real-time Collaborative Edit is Coming to CAD & PLM
By Oleg Shilovitsky, Beyond PLM
The manufacturing industry could benefit from real-time collaboration apps. like Google Docs and Apple iWorks. See which CAD/PLM vendors come close.

The Present and the Future of MDO
Bringing together simulation data, expertise and technology within the PLM system is key in Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO).

Yanmar Energy System: A Unified Approach to Data Management Improves Customer Service
By Aras
With Aras Innovator Yanmar is able to more easily find relevant customer data, which improves not only customer service, but also their ability to grow.

ESTECO Empowers a New Collaborative MDO Strategy for Improving Vehicle Design at Ford
ESTECO highlights how Ford pools resources from different departments around the world and funnels that knowledge into the vehicle design process.

modeFRONTIER @ Airworks Engineering: Multidisciplinary Collaboration Made Easy
With the ESTECO Enterprise Suite Airworks was able to share and manage simulation data and engineering knowledge effectively allowing for a faster turnout.

Flowserve Accelerates Product Innovation with PLM
PTC Windchill plays an important role in Flowserve's Innovation First strategy that focuses on taking ideas to new products faster for profit.

Get a Grip on Your Creo and Windchill Software with These Specialized Solutions
By John Myers, ConnectPress Editor
Companies such as ETRAGE, TeamEDA and Twisted Pear Solutions offer solutions for Windchill integration, licensing and cabling (ninja cabling.)

Colony Brands Successfully Deploys PLM in the Cloud
Colony Brands adopted PTC Windchill FlexPLM for its retail PLM capabilities, along with PTC PLM Cloud.

Webinar: Is the New PLM Right for You? Cloud, Saas and Dis-integration of PLM Functions Opens New Opportunities
By ConnectPress
In this webinar we share the results of our PLM survey and industry experts from Autodesk and Beyond PLM discuss new PLM options like cloud-based PLM.

Trailblazing Shorter Paths to PLM Value
By Chad Jackson, Lifecycle Insights
Chad Jackson offers a look into how cloud-based PLM is offering easier, faster, and cheaper solutions for businesses.

SofTech Enters into Agreement to Sell PLM Product Line to Essig Research Inc.
Press Release Issued by SofTech
SofTech has agreed to sell its PLM technologies, including ProductCenter and Connector product lines, to Essig Research Inc. for $3.25 million.

CIMdata Publishes AEC Market Overview Report
Press Release Issued by CIMdata
Report includes discussions of trends in the market and how AEC solution providers like Autodesk, Bentley, and Dassault are responding.

The Business Advantage Groups Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Results
Press Release Issued by The Business Advantage Group
Business Advantage has shared results from their 2016 CAD Trends survey pointing out growth in both cloud-based CAD and PDM and PLM software.

Arena Solutions Releases New Training Management Module to Further Expand Its Product Development Platform
Press Release Issued by Arena Solutions
Arena Solutions' Arena Summer 2016 release of their cloud-based PLM offering now features a new module: Arena Training Management for Arena QMS.

Survey Reveals Half of Product Companies Still Use Spreadsheets (or Nothing at All) to Manage Complex Bill of Materials
Press Release Issued by Arena Solutions
A survey by Arena Solutions revealed that half of product companies still use spreadsheets, or nothing at all to manage complex bill of materials.

Propel Announces the Propel PLM Suite on the Salesforce AppExchange, the World's Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace
Press Release by Propel
Key features include modern PLM capabilities that can help both big and small businesses, customer request processing, and much more.

ESTECO Enterprise Suite New Release Bringing Design Optimization to PLM
Press Release Issued by ESTECO
With new SOMO plug-in connectors, ESTECO Enterprise Suite provides integration with PLM systems to link simulation data to the entire enterprise.