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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions support the business processes for bringing new products or services from concept through all developmental stages, to market. PLM subsequently supports managing the evolution, maintenance and updates of products and services through retirement and final disposition. PLM solutions include functionality for Product Data Management (PDM) which deals with managing all the product related data and information; Product Portfolio Management (PPM) which deals with managing the products or services through the various life cycle stages; and Customer Needs Management (CNM) which ensures that customer needs or requirements are met by all stakeholders across the life cycle stages. PLM interfaces to other systems and business processes such as Computer-aided design (CAD) Collaborative Product Design, Sourcing, Compliance, Supply Chain, Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer-aided Engineering (CAE) and others.
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Associations & Education
International Working Group on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM-IWG)
PLM Alliance Inter-disciplinary PLM research center at the University of Michigan
PLM Interest Group Provides PLM tools for your implementation to solve the problems that everybody faces
Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) New product development & innovation
Research & Industry Analysts
Aberdeen Fact-based research and insights focused on the global, technology-driven value chain
AMR Research Comprehensive research and advisory services for Business and IT executives
ARC Advisory Group Research and advisory firm for manufacturing, energy, and supply chain solutions
Cambashi Services provide recommendations for action to teams planning and implementing new initiatives
Gartner Broad coverage analyst firm provides technology-related insight for clients to make better decisions
Resources News & Blogs
PLM Knowledge Center Product Lifecycle Management news, products and resources
Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) Software evaluation and selection resources and services
3DCadplus Portal & resources for CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM professional users
Get Savvy about PLM Blog on managing product information, business practices and PLM systems
WhichPLM PLM information, news, tools and selection advice with apparel industry focus
Publications & Newsletters
Cadalyst Monthly magazine covering CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM technologies
Design News Includes PLM coverage for design engineers
International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management Quarterly professional journal
2PLM Free ezine informing readers of PLM news and helping them to succeed with PLM
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Global Product Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management and the Billion Customer Question
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Product Lifecycle Management Introduces the reader to the basic terms and fundamentals of PLM
Product Lifecycle Management: Driving the Next Generation of Lean Thinking Michael Grieves
Product Lifecycle Management: 21st century Paradigm for Product Realisation John Stark