Product Life-Cycle Management

PLM software assists in managing the “life cycle” of the product, part or component including conception, design, prototype, build, engineering change and ultimately, end-of-life. Usually integrated with Manufacturing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) systems.​

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Centric PLM Launches Quick-Start Collaboration Packages in Response to COVID-19
March 25, 2020

Centric Software launched Quick-Start Collaboration Packages to enable brands, retailers, and manufacturers to rapidly adopt remote work processes across the product lifecycle.

Author: Samuel Leese (Info-Tech)

Agile Skills Don’t Revolve Around Ceremonies and Procedures: They’re About Traits and Values.
February 26, 2020

Agile skills require an evolution in people’s soft skills and behaviors. Handling ambiguity, being agreeable, and being extroverted are some of what’s important for an effective agile team.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

IIBA Shares Its Insight at Info-Tech LIVE Las Vegas
February 26, 2020

IIBA understands that it must continue to innovate to serve its members and help them succeed within their organizations.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

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SAP

SAP Manufacturing Execution

Digitize manufacturing processes and integrate business systems using a cost-effective, high-quality, and resource-efficient methodology based on Industry 4.0 technology. You can improve operational visibility with near real-time information that increases reliability and product traceability using solutions based on the Internet of Things (IoT).

7.8

Composite Score

7.8

CX Score

+77

Emotional Footprint

81%

Likeliness to Recommend

96

Reviews

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Autodesk

Autodesk Fusion Lifecycle

Fusion Lifecycle helps you accelerate your product development processes across all departments and locations by automating workflows, key tasks and delivering timely information. Because Fusion Lifecycle is on the cloud, everyone has access to the data they need anytime, anywhere. Fusion Lifecycle connects people, processes, and data across the entire product lifecycle to a central repository of information. So everyone from the conceptual designer to the end-customer is on the same page, sharing the same up-to-date product definition.

7.6

Composite Score

7.8

CX Score

+76

Emotional Footprint

77%

Likeliness to Recommend

33

Reviews

Oracle

Oracle Agile PLM Project Management

Oracle Product Lifecycle Management boosts your competitive edge by optimizing all aspects of the product lifecycle. With best practice PLM processes, you can leverage Oracle's deep expertise, broad portfolio, and commitment to helping customers accelerate product innovation and maximize profitability.

7.5

Composite Score

7.5

CX Score

+71

Emotional Footprint

78%

Likeliness to Recommend

70

Reviews

Siemens Industry Software Limited

Siemens PLM

Our portfolio of digital innovation products are structured and developed to accelerate innovation in each of the domains of your digital enterprise while also connecting with the other critical areas of your business. By addressing the specific requirements in each of these areas we can deliver applications that have the breadth and depth necessary to enhance the core processes within each of these domains. By combining these domain applications with our underlying framework of shared services we are delivering the Digital Innovation Platform.

7.3

Composite Score

7.3

CX Score

+70

Emotional Footprint

77%

Likeliness to Recommend

29

Reviews

Infor

Infor Discrete PLM

Infor PLM can leverage data from across your entire enterprise to help you make better decisions about product development, management, design, and production.

6.7

Composite Score

6.2

CX Score

+54

Emotional Footprint

72%

Likeliness to Recommend

10

Reviews

PTC

PTC Windchill PLM

Windchill offers breakthrough Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) capabilities, unleashing more data to more stakeholders throughout your organization through a single source of truth for product data and processes. With it, your organization will improve product quality by connecting teams directly to live operational data. You’ll also reduce IT burden and overhead while ensuring accessibility and security with both on-premise and cloud deployment options. Windchill is a true end-to-end PLM platform that is IoT-ready.

7.4

Composite Score

7.4

CX Score

+64

Emotional Footprint

84%

Likeliness to Recommend

6

Reviews

Epicor Software

Epicor AVP

Epicor AVP—product packaging software is designed specifically for manufacturers of CPG product packaging and corrugated packaging. As a retail or consumer packaging manufacturer, you can achieve absolute accuracy and flexibility in folding carton, flexible packaging, rigid box and label estimating with corrugated software.

6.9

Composite Score

6.5

CX Score

+62

Emotional Footprint

73%

Likeliness to Recommend

5

Reviews

Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Valor PCB Manufacturing Suite

Valor is the PCB industry's first true end-to end software solution, extending Mentor Graphics offering from product design to the manufacturing shop floor. Valor software covers all phases of PCB manufacturing from new product introduction to assembly and test.

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Composite Score

5.8

CX Score

+53

Emotional Footprint

56%

Likeliness to Recommend

4

Reviews

CIMx Software

CIMx Quantum

Quantum delivers digital control to the entire product lifecycle, providing software tools for every phase and becoming a single, integrated resource to control the manufacturing process. Through the revolutionary, integrated design of Quantum, customers select and use only the tools and processes they want and need.

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Composite Score

5.3

CX Score

+64

Emotional Footprint

93%

Likeliness to Recommend

3

Reviews

DEXMA Labs

DEXMA PLM

DEXMA is a unique PDM and PLM solution for small to mid-sized businesses that engineer and manufacture products, spanning both engineering and manufacturing.

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Composite Score

9.8

CX Score

+96

Emotional Footprint

100%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

Omnify Software

Omnify Empower-Professional

The Empower Professional Suite is a complete product lifecycle management solution for product development teams.

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Composite Score

3.0

CX Score

+21

Emotional Footprint

67%

Likeliness to Recommend

3

Reviews

Aras Corporation

Aras Innovator

Aras is the leading provider of an open, digital end-to-end product lifecycle platform that enables the world’s leading complex manufacturers to digitally transform and gain a competitive edge. Aras is the fastest growing PLM company worldwide. Aras’ open, flexible, scalable and upgradeable PLM platform and applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product data and processes across the lifecycle and throughout the extended supply chain.

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Composite Score

--

CX Score

+96

Emotional Footprint

78%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

Arena Solutions

Arena PLM

Arena PLM enables innovative companies and their extended supply chains to better manage their Bill of Materials (BOM).

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Composite Score

10.0

CX Score

+100

Emotional Footprint

89%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

Selerant Corporation

Selerant DevEX PLM Software

Selerant DevEX is a comprehensive web-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Selerant created DevEX PLM to expedite products to market while complying with regulatory issues and quality control standards.

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--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

SofTech

SofTech ProductCenter PLM

ProductCenter PLM connects your people to work collaboratively and centralizes and improves the management of all your product data.

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Composite Score

8.1

CX Score

+87

Emotional Footprint

89%

Likeliness to Recommend

2

Reviews

CAD-Manufacturing Systems, Inc.

CMS QuoteCAD

QuoteCAD Manufacturing is a powerful software ERP application providing small businesses the power to manage their products, customers and suppliers, create and manage quotations, orders, stocks and real time inventory.

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Composite Score

--

CX Score

+42

Emotional Footprint

61%

Likeliness to Recommend

2

Reviews

Actify

Actify Centro

Actify Centro is specifically designed to manage discrete manufacturers product data and office files. It’s a fresh and completely new approach to traditional PDM & PLM offerings. All the functionality you would expect; check-in/ check-out, file versioning, giving you the control and flexibility to suit your company’s unique processes.

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Composite Score

8.6

CX Score

+96

Emotional Footprint

33%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

Dassault Systemes

Dassault Enovia

The ENOVIA powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a single, secure and up-to-date source of product data accessible anywhere —enabling true collaboration across your organization.

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--

CX Score

--

Emotional Footprint

--

Likeliness to Recommend

0

Reviews

PropelPLM Inc

Propel Product Lifecycle Management

Propel provides modern cloud PLM software that can help both innovative startups as well as the world’s largest enterprises. With Propel, all your employees, partners, and customers can collaborate on your most vital product information - helping boost innovation, product throughput and customer adoption.

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Composite Score

5.7

CX Score

+55

Emotional Footprint

53%

Likeliness to Recommend

4

Reviews

Upchain

Upchain Cloud PLM

We make it easier. Collaborate with anyone you need to by making your product data simple to create, manage, and share, anywhere in the world. Keep everyone on the same page automatically in a secure, easy to use system, so you can focus on turning good ideas into great products.

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Composite Score

--

CX Score

+62

Emotional Footprint

78%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

Roadmunk

Roadmunk

Roadmunk is a roadmap tool for visualizing your strategy and aligning your whole organization. Quickly build boardroom-worthy roadmaps that integrate with the tools you already use.

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Composite Score

8.8

CX Score

+100

Emotional Footprint

89%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

Sopheon Corp

Sopheon Accolade

Sopheon Accolade is an innovation management software which supports and connects people and daily workstreams across departments and functions. This cross-functional collaboration and synchronization results in trusted, timely data for faster, better, and more dynamic decision making. Accolade has been shown to align and optimize product portfolios with strategic targets, meet product launch dates, secure competitive advantage and improve profit margins, focus on the right projects at the right time to see success rates skyrocket, and optimally drive cost takeout initiatives to achieve financial and strategic goals.

--

Composite Score

--

CX Score

+100

Emotional Footprint

100%

Likeliness to Recommend

1

Reviews

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Centric PLM Launches Quick-Start Collaboration Packages in Response to COVID-19
March 25, 2020

Centric Software launched Quick-Start Collaboration Packages to enable brands, retailers, and manufacturers to rapidly adopt remote work processes across the product lifecycle.

Author: Samuel Leese (Info-Tech)

Agile Skills Don’t Revolve Around Ceremonies and Procedures: They’re About Traits and Values.
February 26, 2020

Agile skills require an evolution in people’s soft skills and behaviors. Handling ambiguity, being agreeable, and being extroverted are some of what’s important for an effective agile team.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

IIBA Shares Its Insight at Info-Tech LIVE Las Vegas
February 26, 2020

IIBA understands that it must continue to innovate to serve its members and help them succeed within their organizations.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

Enough Time to Build It Wrong
February 25, 2020

We build products wrong and fix them later but won’t take a fraction of that time to get it right the first time. No wonder our projects end up four times as large as our forecast.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

When Your Platform Dictates Your Roadmap
February 24, 2020

Platform product owners struggle to develop a product roadmap and prioritize backlog items when their system supports multiple external products across business lines.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

Aha! Recognizes Integration With Jira Shouldn’t Be Skin Deep
February 04, 2020

Aha has deepened its integration with Jira via new support for linking not only issues/features but also their respective dependencies, thereby improving overall requirement visibility.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

Aha! and Azure DevOps – Working Together, Sprinting Together
January 20, 2020

Aha! has improved its integration with Azure DevOps to improve release and sprint visibility for both developers and stakeholders.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

Roadmunk Embraces Visual Detail in Roadmaps
January 10, 2020

Roadmunk sub-items add a new level of visual detail to roadmaps.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

NFRs – The Overlooked, Critical Requirements Type
January 09, 2020

When teams are refining their product backlog, the focus is usually around new features (functional requirements) and sometimes technical debt. Yet when it comes to user frustration and organizational risk, non-functional requirements (NFRs) can be far more important.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

Use Your Corporate Blog to Provide Value, Not Self-Promotion
January 08, 2020

Your blog is more than a place to advertise new features, it’s an opportunity to provide real value to your target audience. Value builds trust, and trust leads to sales.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

Blueprint Software Bridges the Gap in Compliance Requirements
November 25, 2019

Blueprint Software integrates financial services regulatory requirements into its core platform for easier traceability.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

ALM Works Brings “Structure” to Project Complexity
October 30, 2019

ALM Works Structure for Jira enables Atlassian customers to track and manage projects at scale.

Author: Ari Glaizel (Info-Tech)

Draw.io Extends Confluence for Design
October 23, 2019

Build out your collaboration tool chain to include diagram and design capabilities. An image is worth a thousand words in a requirements document.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

Agile Doesn’t Mean No Requirements
October 21, 2019

Too many teams are “doing Agile” and mistakenly think that interactions over comprehensive documents means no more requirements. That may be true in a world of “Badgile,” but not when Agile is executed properly.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

PTC Takes a Radical Stance on Security for PLM and IoT
August 20, 2019

PTC, a major player in the PLM marketplace, announced a renewed focus on security to encourage users to adopt its cloud computing and internet of things platform.

Author: Samuel Leese (Info-Tech)

Justify Project Deliverable Value With Skop.es
July 22, 2019

Intake and backlog management are two of the top reasons for failed product and feature delivery. Skop.es brings the analytical and management practices to visualize, quantify, and verify and validate the delivery of the right requirements.

Author: Andrew Kum-Seun (Info-Tech)

Social Ideation Transforms the Design Process
July 04, 2019

The social element included in Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE adds another dimension to the concept/design process.

Author: Roberto Eberhardt (Info-Tech)

PTC Windchill on the Verge of Consolidating PLM and ALM
July 04, 2019

PTC’s product lifecycle management platform, Windchill, is absorbing PTC’s requirements management brand, Integrity. Windchill will support the additional functionality this summer while Integrity will be phased-out in late 2019.

Author: Samuel Leese (Info-Tech)

Merging Aha! Product Management With Microsoft Teams Delivery
May 27, 2019

One of the ongoing challenges in software delivery continues to be managing information across multiple systems of record in the delivery tool chain. The best approach continues to be integration with designated systems of record.

Author: Hans Eckman (Info-Tech)

Dassault Is the Latest PLM Vendor to Harness Automation
March 22, 2019

Dassault has announced a partnership with ABB, making it the third major PLM vendor to collaborate with an industrial automation expert. The stated goal of the partnership is to focus on factory automation, process industry automation, and solutions for smart buildings.

Author: Samuel Leese (Info-Tech)

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