Wave Report

An App Dev Introduction To The Forrester Wave™: PLM Applications, Q2 2008

February 11th, 2009
Roy Wildeman


Despite the emergence of product life-cycle management (PLM) in services organizations, the majority of PLM deployments and application offerings are still defined by manufacturing firms seeking to improve the efficiency of their product development processes. To assess the state of the mainstay PLM market and see how the CAD players and ERP vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the top applications across approximately 70 criteria. Whether your organization uses a CAD-centric or ERP-centric approach in selecting its PLM applications, it is important for application development professionals to have a say in the PLM application selection and to be conscious of its resulting impact on its own organization. To better hone this understanding, app dev professionals can target a subset of the criteria of this Forrester Wave™ analysis, including the rankings for PLM application integration, scalability, security, and versatility.

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