We recently held a webinar giving a good overview of Vault PLM entitled “The Difference Between PDM and PLM and Why You Need Both”. It really went into the importance offer centralized strong data management during the product development process (PDM) and how it’s necessary to collaborate with the larger organization outside of engineering (PLM).
I helped with the question/answer panel during the webinar and since I’m a strong believer in one-to-many versus just one-on-one help, I wanted to synthesize some of the main questions and answer them more broadly here on the blog. There was predictably some terminology confusion, so I’ll start with some definitions.
PDM (Product Data Management) is a strategy for managing your product-related information and engineering processes – all in one spot. Autodesk Vault is a software product that does just that!
PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is a strategy for connecting your people, processes, and data across the entire product lifecycle to a central source of information. Autodesk Fusion Lifecycle is a software solution that meets those needs.
Another definition for PLM I like (that’s non-circular!) comes from Tech-Clarity – “PLM is a software-enabled strategy to improve process to conceptualize, design, develop, and manage products”. Always good to have an elevator-pitch like answer to “so, what do you do for work?”.
Autodesk Vault PLM combines Vault Professional with Fusion Lifecycle for enterprise-wide collaboration and product lifecycle management.
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I hope that clears up some terminology confusion.
We have another webinar coming up soon (May 20th) that will go into detail about New Product Introduction and hope to see you there! Register now to learn how companies are using PLM to remove inefficiencies that stand in the way of bringing new products to market on time and on budget.
Technical Marketing Manager
Michelle is a Technical Marketing Manager here at Autodesk focused on PDM & PLM. She loves to write about Enterprise Software, Manufacturing Engineering Process, Data Management Best Practices, and share tips and tricks with the Autodesk community.