Desktop Engineering: Vendors Try to ‘Rightsize’ PLM for Smaller Businesses

For more than a decade, larger manufacturers have come to rely on product lifecycle management (PLM) to help deal with increasing design and manufacturing complexity, but the software tools have traditionally been expensive and difficult to deploy, keeping smaller companies at bay. PLM vendors have struggled to break into the SMB market, but their approaches–mostly scaled-down versions of enterprise offerings with key functionality removed–haven’t convinced smaller companies that PLM is the right set of tools and processes to solve their product development pain points.

“SMBs have the same types of problems as larger companies, but the concept of PLM is frightening to them because it’s been expensive, complicated, and they think it’s going to slow them down,” says Thane Hathaway, owner of EAC Product Development Solutions, a PTC value-added reseller and engineering consulting company.

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