Behind the rise in PLM sales

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As you probably know from reading our blog, we are attending COE and the PLM Summit this week in Las Vegas. Chris, Bruno and Eric are showing Seemage 4.0 in the CAA pavilion in TechniFair booth 408. If you are lucky enough to be at COE/PLM Summit this week, please stop by to see them.

While you are there, be sure to pick up a Seemage demo CD. In addition to lots of other cool Seemage materials, the CD has a Seemage animation that offers a solution to the devilishly complex wooden puzzles that we are also giving away in our booth. There’s almost no better demo than comparing the impossible-to-understand printed solution to the Seemage animation, which’ll have you solving the puzzle in seconds.

The importance of COE got me to thinking about what’s really behind the very optimistic PLM market projections CIMdata recently published. While the headline — that PLM grew in double digits last year — is what everyone seems to be focused on, I think the real news is the growth CIMdata projects for the two PLM market segments it tracks.

The “tools” market is projected to grow by 5.3% over the next five years. The “tools” market is what we traditionally think of as PLM: the server-side infrastructure necessary to implement product management.

But the real news…the news that quite frankly matches our world view here at Seemage…is that the CPDM (or collaborative product definition management) segment is projected to grow 13.6%. These are the systems, of which Seemage is the leading example, that make it possible for real people to improve the work going on around the creation, manufacture and distribution of products.

In short, what’s behind the new growth spurt in PLM over the next five years is exactly what you see in any IT category after the initial wave of implementation. It’s about the desktop. It’s about getting more information into more people’s hands more quickly with tools that don’t require engineering degrees to use.

Basically, it’s about Seemage.

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