Gartner Research

Best Practices to Avoid Obsolescence of PLM Applications and Data

Published: 12 May 2017

ID: G00325763

Analyst(s): Marc Halpern


As PLM software enters its fourth generation, early adopters of PLM applications are now locked into software that is approaching end of life. This research explores how CIOs can avoid obsolescence and continue delivering winning products and product portfolios with PLM in manufacturing.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Software Obsolescence
  • Data Obsolescence
  • Business Impact of Obsolescent Applications and Data Supporting Product Life Cycle Activities


  • Stage Continual Upgrades to New Hardware and Software Platforms by Monitoring the Performance of PLM-Related Applications
  • Regularly Rationalize the Design, Engineering and PLM Application Portfolios
  • Increase the Life Span of Design, Engineering and Product Data by Adopting Applications That Support Vendor-Neutral Standards
  • Maintain Governance or Product Life Cycle Data by Adopting MDM Discipline

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