What if a PDM system just doesn’t cover it anymore?
Sometimes PDM systems that used to be a perfect fit for the company years ago reach their limits. The reasons for this are manifold. It may be that the system no longer provides the features needed to meet the requirements of the company as it plans to extend its use to other departments. Or maybe it is looking to add new CAD programs or the existing PDM software that does not adequately accommodate the needs of mechatronic design. A new ERP system or the desire to enable PLM processes could also prompt a company to rethink its PLM decision. And sometimes vendors simply discontinue development of their PDM systems.
This forces users to choose a new PLM solution. However, what are the criteria that you need to take into consideration? Deciding on a new PLM solution also means making a strategic decision. PLM is closely tied to the development of a company’s future product generations. PLM also affects the way business departments collaborate across the enterprise and how they interact with customers, suppliers, and most importantly development partners.
One specific example is Autodesk’s discontinuation of Productstream Professional (PSP). The vendor will no longer provide support for PSP starting from October 2017. It has already discontinued support for some of the most recent operating systems, database systems, and integrations with CAx applications.
We have released a white paper that looks at the strategic and technological implications and explains how a PLM system is replaced. It will give you the specific answers you need to crack your decision-making dilemma:
- Can PSP and PRO.FILE be compared?
- How does PRO.FILE fit in with AutoCAD, Inventor, and AutoCAD Plant 3D?
- How do you go about replacing a PDM solution?