Will IBM return to PLM software business?

Will IBM return to PLM software business?

It is almost 2 years since Dassault Systems completed the transaction to acquire and integrate IBM PLM operations into DS. The historical IBM/DS press release is here. At the same time, IBM is continue to focus on product innovation. Navigate here and may learn about IBM product development innovation, system engineering and lifecycle support. In parallel, the adoption of PLM software is growing. More companies in the world are implementing PLM and requires more products, systems, solutions and services in PLM. For the last 3-5 years we can see how IBM is pumping infrastructure software companies… Does it mean we will see again IBM services and services solving manufacturing and product development problems? I’ve been reading Seeking Alpha’s article “So What Does IBM Mean When It Says It’s In The Solutions Business?” explains what type of solutions IBM will be providing in the future:

“It is not individual packaged products per se, but groups of related software products, services, and systems. And we know at very high level where IBM is going to focus its solutions efforts. IBM has always been about software, services, and systems – although in recent years the first two have taken front stage. The flip side is that some of these solutions areas are overly broad. Smarter Analytics is a catch-all covering the familiar areas of business intelligence and performance management, predictive analytics and analytical decision management, and analytic applications.”

I found the following video about IBM usage of system engineering to streamline smarter product development quite interesting.

During the last PI Congress in Berlin 3 weeks ago, CIMdata was talking about the need of integration between configuration management, PLM and system engineering. Peter Bilello of CIMdata mentioned such integration as an absolutely needed element of future of product innovation.

What is my conclusion? Business intelligence, decision support, system engineering and integration. These functions are quite desired by manufacturing companies to solve prod development  problems. Large companies these days are looking how to streamline product development processes. Enterprise PLM business seems to be impossible without system services and integration support. IBM is collecting a significant software stacks that can be used for this purposes. Maybe we see IBM renaissance in PLM soon? Just a thought…

Best, Oleg

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  • Ragar18

    Ha! PLM. They screwed me out of retirement funds for years of service for openings for “growth areas,” such as cloud, analytics, security, and social and mobile technologies.
    I’ve had to take part time work in my 50’s, borrowing thousands of dollars from my parents, my brother.
    It’s so hard to start your own business or even open a franchise. I should have done home repair, apparently you can screw old people into fixing their new home for top dollar.

  • Ragar18

    It was transitional retirement, that way they got me to pass on my knowledge to younger management types. Why was I phased out if they needed to know what I did and how I did it so badly?

  • Ragar18

    It was transitional retirement, that way they got me to pass on my knowledge to younger management types. Why was I phased out if they needed to know what I did and how I did it so badly?

  • Ragar18

    PLM. They screwed me out of retirement funds for years of service for openings for “growth areas,” such as cloud, analytics, security, and social and mobile technologies.
    I’ve had to take part time work in my 50’s, borrowing thousands of dollars from my parents, my brother.
    It’s so hard to start your own business or even open a franchise. I should have done home repair, apparently you can screw old people into fixing their new home for top dollar.