Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises in a strategic sense. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins.
I then explored the advantages and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from stalwart
Aras Corp., Arena Solutions, Nuage, Omnify Software, Tradestone Software , etc. While they differ in their approach and functionality, these products have an ERP and CAD agnosticism, as they have always had to hook onto some other system. These vendors also have a focus on unadulterated PLM/PDM processes instead of trying to learn the PLM processes from the mindset of CAD or ERP users. Most of these products were founded at about the same time as salesforce.com or NetSuite (or even later), and have built