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Under the Hood - All things PDM and PLM

Starting to use new business software can be overwhelming at times and complicated implementations can be a roadblock for many people when considering such an overarching solution like PLM, but it doesn’t have to be. At Autodesk, we make it easy for you to start where you are and get the most out of your PLM solution quickly. You may have heard us say that we can get your PLM to work for you in weeks instead of months, and it’s true. By meeting you where you are and scaling with your needs, Autodesk’s cloud PLM solution brings you the value of product and data management with a shorter wait time than what usually accompanies PLM setup. 

Connect your business systems 

Native integrations and an open API make it easy for you to connect Autodesk’s cloud PLM with your business systems. Sounds fancy, but what does it mean for you? It means that you can get your data in and out of the system using our automated processes, saving you time and the risk of human error while making sure your data is always kept up to date. It also means that you don’t have to build complicated custom connectors to popular CAD and business software, so when updates happen your connections to other systems don’t break. 

As an added bonus, the native integrations have the same “in canvas” experience regardless of the system you are integrating, which means that you can avoid multiple training sessions on different plugins and save time. If you have design teams that work in different CAD software, it doesn’t matter, they will all see the same plugin within their CAD experience, making it easy for them to navigate the system and leverage the power of cloud PLM without interrupting their workflow.  

Call in the cavalry 

Autodesk’s extensive partner network is here to help. Whether you need a full implementation, have upstream or downstream systems that you want to connect to your PLM through API connectors, or other unique needs that require configuration, Autodesk’s specialized partners are able to lend a hand where needed. Use them as much or as little as you need based on your company’s internal capabilities and capacity. However you leverage the partner network, they will give you access to their years of expertise and, ultimately, save you the time, money, and frustration that can come with having to self-teach a new software. 

Start using your cloud PLM solution 

Finally, the best thing you can do is start using your PLM. Start with one project or team and work from there. With built-in training modules you can start where you are and ask questions or search modules as you need them. The more you use it, the more valuable your PLM becomes. As you learn to leverage it, you can bring in more teams and collaborators to ensure your entire business has access to the data they need, when they need it.  

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Alexandra Maraldo

Alex is a marketing manager at Autodesk specialising in PLM and PDM solutions.

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