PDM or PLM? Why choose when one can lead to the other?

By Margaret Furleigh


What’s the difference between PDM and PLM? 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.

Watch this webinar to see how Teamcenter X on the cloud can help you get started with PDM and grow to PLM.

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 are connected in a continuum of capabilities with Teamcenter: 


Start with Product Data Management; Grow to Product Lifecycle Management

Many companies today want to get started with the basics of PDM to quickly see the benefits of a fast return on investment. By measuring the areas of PDM value, you can see the payback in a year or less. 

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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: 

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Learn more about Teamcenter PLM tools for fast deployment to get started quickly, and cost-effectively. 

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