In my view, “Free” is continuing to pull people. Recently, I’ve seen few articles in PLM Blogosphere that was talking about “free” PLM offerings. You can point on a very good article by Zero-wait State – PLM Perspective: Free PLM Software Tomorrow. Jos Voskuil wrote – Free PLM Software Doesn’t Help Companies! Time ago, I posted my PLM Prompt: Is Free the Future of PLM?
Preparing to my roundtable discussions during this week Technia PLM Innovation Forum and next week isicad 2010 / COFES-Russia, I researched is there something new on the horizon of “Free” and PLM. So I came to an interesting announcement of PLM Plus about their Try For Free offering. You can see it by navigating your browser on the following link.
What is my take? I can see a very small number of companies are innovating now in PLM space. I can literally find a few. I can see PLM Plus is one of them. I haven’t heard from them a very long period of time since PLMPLus Dawns the Ref Gloves of Simplified Internet-based, On Demand PLM. I can see different pros and cons about “Try for free” model. Pros – you don’t need to invent up-front money to buy licenses, you can decide to give up if it doesn’t fit your organization. Cons – the organization needs to invest time and resources to work with “free trial”.
No conclusion for today. I subscribed to my “free trial” of PLM Plus. Let see how it works…