The advent and growth of vendors targeting the needs of discrete manufacturing industries proves that the PLM market in this sector has been hot. Agile Software has made a name for itself by providing the tools that support the collaborative exchange of product data, appealing to companies that rely on contractors for the manufacture of its products. For companies whose BOMs change frequently, this integrated capability set has been extremely important, and Agile has thrived in the PLM selection situations requiring extensive external collaboration.
strengths are in the automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial machinery and other supply chain intensive and complex engineering industries. On the other hand, Eigner's existing base of customers is almost all in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, Italy, and France) presenting a strong barrier to SAP's market entry, while Agile's is especially strong in the United States and Asia. The acquisition should somewhat reshuffle the PLM market ranking, finally pushing long underrepresented