In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), todays' manufacturer faces unprecedented change. Complex, connected products incorporate hardware, software, and electronics into systems that communicate with other products, services and people via mobile or hard-wired Internet connections.
Robust, dynamic, easily configurable — hardly words most would use to describe traditional PDM (product data management) or PLM (product lifecycle management). But when Microsoft set out to consolidate and standardize its hardware groups on a core product development platform, its alternative approach — building on top of an open, cloud-based PLM platform and leveraging its expertise in agile methodologies — led to a global deployment completed in record time and packed with more functionality than its previous PLM systems.
The battle for a place on the podium in the PLM “olympics” is fierce, but usually among the same competitors. After 15 years with the same few dominant players, aren’t there any new ones that can seriously threaten Dassault Systèmes, Autodesk, Siemens PLM, IBM, PTC, Oracle and SAP PLM?