New PTC research reveals that connected PLM can help enterprises overcome product complexity during digital transformation

PTC released on Thursday a new industry study, in conjunction with Aberdeen Group, that identifies the benefits of leveraging enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) as a means to digital transformation.

With the smart, connected product boom, companies find themselves facing an array of daunting product development challenges. Companies have figured out ways to leverage PLM to transform their product development process and beat these challenges. With connected PLM, these organizations see a 22 percent increase in engineering productivity and 21 percent improvement in first-pass yields compared to the industry average of 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

The survey covers top challenges faced by PLM users, the impact of PLM on IoT, the risks of a disconnected PLM environment, and more.

According to the research, as products become more complex, traditional product development processes can’t keep up with the demands of getting products to market on-time and on-budget. Manufacturers embracing digital transformation, which made up the top 20 percent of organizations polled, have seen several benefits from streamlining and digitizing their PLM efforts. Each of these leaders has established a single, connected view of data across systems that includes information from AD, ERP, and PLM systems.

The findings show that organizations who embrace consolidated PLM systems have a leg up on their competition, including 2.4 times greater year-over-year engineering productivity improvement rate compared to the industry average; 58 percent higher rate of hitting product date targets; 22 percent higher rate of products meeting product development budgets; and 21 percent higher rate of products hitting quality targets at launch.

The study also reveals that companies that do not leverage single PLM systems across their organization are behind the industry in product development cycles and face an “environment of informational chaos.” The Aberdeen report suggests these organizations should not search for a “band-aid” solution, but instead should focus on consolidating into a single, connected system for a more complete view of data across their organization.

“As companies face the growing complexity of products, many are dealing with an environment that is increasingly disconnected,” said Greg Cline, research analyst, manufacturing and product innovation & engineering, Aberdeen Group. “With a collaborative and connected PLM environment, the best-in-class companies are seeing significant cost reductions, improved quality control, and over 2 times greater engineering productivity than their peers.”

“This study confirms something we at PTC have long known – consolidation of data into a single PLM system is a key to success. With an enterprise PLM foundation, organizations can provide a digital thread of rich, up-to-date product development information throughout the enterprise,” said Kevin Wrenn, divisional general manager, PLM, PTC. “PLM is a key enterprise value-driver, enabling organizations to get products to market faster and in turn, stay ahead of the competition.”


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