Where is PLM on Industry Cloud Map?

Where is PLM on Industry Cloud Map?

Continuing the cloud-zone discussion I have started for this week, I found this pretty comprehensive technological map for Cloud Computing, SaaS and PaaS industries on blog of Peter Laird and Kent Dickson. 

So, where does PLM fit into this space? There are a few service providers that have traditional server PLM applications and data services, integration services, content services and BPM services. On this map, there are a few interesting application providers such as Oracle, Netsuite, and Salesforce. Some of them such as Saleforce Force.com, are listed as PaaS vendors.

 So, there are many choices for companies to develop PLM solutions and place them on this map. Larger ISVs can find their place as providers of PaaS and Application Suites. Smaller and new ISVs can find interesting way of developing services and applications on top of data and integration services.

 http://saaslink.googlepages.com/saasindustrymap

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  • http://www.creeksideconsultinggroup.com Mark Holman

    I’m sure you must be aware that there is a PLM provider in the cloud and has been at it for nearly 10 years. Arena Solutions has hundreds of customers that use them for their PLM needs with a very robust solution. They tend to focus more on SMB type customers, but have some multi-billion dollar customers as well. As to integration, they have done that to EDA, CAD and ERP systems as well as a number of “in the cloud” mash-ups. You should check them out.

  • http://www.plmtwine.com olegshilovitsky

    Hello Mark, Thank you for comment! Yes, of course, I’m aware about Arena solution. Can you tell more about experience of integrations with Arena Solutions? Thanks. Oleg

  • http://www.creeksideconsultinggroup.com Mark Holman

    Hi Oleg,
    Like most integrations YMMV (your mileage may vary). For the most part, integrations to client side enterprise applications (ERP for example) are pretty straightforward and work effectively. The use cases are pretty consistent and well known. Interestingly, the more challenging ones tend to be SaaS to SaaS (e.g. to Netsuite) due to the relative silo approach certain SaaS applications were developed under (they will evolve I believe). For more info on Arena’s integrations you can go here: http://www.arenasolutions.com/products/integration/index.html

    Regards, Mark

  • http://www.plmtwine.com olegshilovitsky

    You are right, Mark. Integration SaaS to SaaS are most challenging. Therefore, in my view, one of the ways to break silos you are talking about is to provide open content that can be mashable in various ways. It may help to build dashboards- and report- like applications. Next step is to see more process sides of integration. One of non-PLM examples I’m trying to learn related to integration of Workday. They acquired company doing integration on cloud (Cape Clear). are you familiar with their approach?
    Regards, Oleg.

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