Perspective: PLM in the Cloud — Hybrid Approach Prominent, Quality an Emerging Focus
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective looks at the current state of adoption of product life-cycle management (PLM) in the cloud (public and private) versus on-premise and the specific PLM elements that manufacturers are considering making available in a cloud environment. Our analysis leverages recent results from our 2015 Product and Service Innovation Survey as well as IDC's 2015 Vertical IT and Communications Survey.Engineering applications (CAD/CAM/CAE, cPDM) account for less than 1% of global cloud revenue, according to Worldwide SaaS and Cloud Software 2015–2019 Forecast and 2014 Vendor Shares (IDC #257397, August 2015). But increasingly, our research shows that manufacturers want cloud as a deployment option for at least some aspects of their product development process, particularly design, supplier collaboration, and quality management.
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