The value of unified architectures for PLM
3 October 2008 | Source: CIMdata Inc.
Today's manufacturing industries are under continuous pressure to deliver competitive products faster and are implementing PLM solutions to help address this issue. As PLM solutions expand to encompass the complete lifecycle, they are becoming increasing complex and harder to maintain. Unified PLM architectures are helping reduce this complexity while improving user and organizational productivity. This CIMdata white paper presents the challenges that companies are currently facing, defines a unified PLM architecture approach, describes the benefits that it can deliver, discusses factors companies should consider in evaluating whether to transition to a unified architecture, and discusses approaches to the transition. This paper is not a review of any specific architecture. Instead it is intended to provide an overview of such architectures, their potential value, and issues to consider in making a transition decision.