What's the difference? What do you need today? What will you need in the future?
If you know you need to take control of engineering data and processes, you may be struggling to determine what kind of software to buy -- product data management (PDM) or product lifecycle management (PLM)? You don't want to bite off more than you can chew ... but you also don't want to get boxed in by limited applications that can't grow with your business.
To help you, we've created this simple guide to show you the path from PDM to PLM. You don't have to choose one or the other ... because they can be connected:
Start with PDM; Grow to PLM
Many companies today want to get started with the basics of PDM to quickly see the benefits for a fast return on investment. By measuring the areas of PDM value, you can see the payback in a year or less.
From there, you can take the next step by looking beyond engineering to where you can gain the most benefits of PLM business-wide.
This will deliver even more value ... but the beauty is you don't know right now where you're going to grow ... a PDM to PLM strategy gives you the assurance of future potential and payback in the future: