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Under the Hood - All things PDM and PLM

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a software application that helps manage the entire lifecycle of a product from its inception to its retirement. It is a critical tool for many industries, particularly in manufacturing, as it helps streamline the product development process and improve efficiency. Engineering managers like you love PLM for several reasons, the most important of which are that it helps you to:

Centralize Data Management

PLM allows engineering managers to store all product-related data in one central, accessible location. This means that everyone on the team can access the same, most recent, version of your product data, which reduces errors and miscommunications. Additionally, it provides a complete view of the product development process, allowing engineering managers to make informed decisions based on accurate, up-to-date data.

Improve Collaboration

With PLM, engineering managers can easily collaborate with other departments, such as marketing and sales. The software allows all your teams to access and share the same product information, enabling better communication and reducing delays in the product development process. Engineering managers can also set up workflows and processes within the software to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that the product development process runs smoothly.

Spend Less Time on Low Value Tasks

PLM helps engineering managers streamline product development by automating repetitive tasks and reducing manual data entry. This allows you to focus on more critical tasks, such as product design and innovation, leading to more efficient and effective product development. In essence, PLM helps you keep your engineers engineering!

Reduce Delays and Errors

PLM provides engineering managers with a complete view of the product development process, including potential risks and issues. This allows you to identify and address potential issues early on in the process, reducing the risk of costly mistakes down the line. Additionally, it allows you to track product changes, when, why, and by whom they were made, making it easier to implement changes and ensure that they are properly tested and validated.

Overall, engineering managers love PLM because it provides them with a complete view of the product development process, enabling better communication and collaboration, reducing errors and delays, and streamlining the product development process. By using PLM, engineering managers can improve efficiency, reduce risk, and ultimately create better products.


For more information about how Autodesk PLM can help you achieve all of these great outcomes, check out our PLM solution page or reach out to your Autodesk representative.

Alexandra Maraldo

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