Product Data Management & Complexity

Product Data Management & Complexity

Data is the lifeblood of product development, and effective product data management is critical to the success of your product development processes. So why is finding the right data management solution so difficult?

Product Data Management

The reason is, when choosing a product data management solution, product development complexity matters.

Expert guidance often portrays the selection of a data management solution as a simple choice. If your company is large, then you need a full-blown PLM system. If your company is small, then you need the simplified scaled down version of PDM. But in reality, the right system depends on the complexity of your product development process, not the size of your company.

What you’ll learn

In this eBook from industry analyst Lifecycle Insights, you’ll learn how to properly evaluate your own product complexity and effectively measure the impact of:

  • Multi-CAD data in the supply chain
  • Electronics and software development
  • Volume and complexity of analyses

Once you understand the true complexity of your product development processes, you can better match a product data management solution to your needs.

This eBook also covers the range of different options available for managing product data: 

  • Laptops, desktops and shared drives – lack the ability to understand CAD data
  • PDM, PLM and ALM systems – powerful capabilities, but demand IT professionals to deploy and manage
  • CAD-enhanced cloud sharing services – provide the fundamental capabilities engineers need without overhead

Which one is right for you? Don’t let yourself become resigned to choosing between a few product data management options that aren’t right for you; there are now more options, especially for companies that run simple product development processes.

With this eBook, you will be able to right-size a solution to fit your needs.

About the author

Chad Jackson is an analyst, researcher, and blogger with Lifecycle Insights, providing insights on technologies that enable engineering, including CAD, CAE, PDM, and PLM.

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