Looking for the cost of PLM software online in 2019? You’re almost out of luck…

Looking for the cost of PLM software online in 2019? You’re almost out of luck…

My attention was caught by Cadalyst article – The cost of CAD in 2019. Check the article and download the PDF file with all available prices of CAD packages. Many of them are ending with “Contact company” message.

I wanted to find a similar cost review for PLM software, but I didn’t. I found a few links that comparing different PLM products. Here is one of them, which is in my view is the most comprehensive  – The Top 9 Best PLM Software In 2019 To Manage Your Product Lifecycle. But, I thought, this is a good opportunity to provide some cost comparison for PLM products.

However, I was disappointed after I created a table of leading PLM providers. Check the table below. In general, you’re out of luck. Practically, I found only two vendors providing pricing online – Aras and Autodesk. All other vendors are providing explanations about packaging, but prices are only available by request. 

Download table here.

It was more information about pricing online before. For example, some of PLM price review sites are still providing information about Arena Solutions online, but pricing is not available on Arena’s website. 

Was it a surprise? Partially… Since I was not expecting to see information about prices for the top on-premise PLM vendors, I thought SaaS vendors might provide subscription levels. Actually, I found some pricing structures (eg. Upchain), no prices, except Autodesk Fusion Lifecycle.

What is my conclusion? PLM is classified as a complex project. Technology or product price is only one (usually not dominant) component of PLM TCO. Then there are services, implementations, maintenance… you name it. So, vendors are watching competitors and always ready to bid with a lower price. Or not… It is hard to say. At least, these are my thoughts so far. Just my thoughts…

PS. OpenBOM is not PLM in a traditional way of thinking (disclaimer – I’m CEO and co-founder). But it often compared by customers to PLM systems. It is available via subscription and prices for all out of the box subscriptions are here.

Best, Oleg

Disclaimer: I’m co-founder and CEO of OpenBOM developing cloud-based bill of materials and inventory management tool for manufacturing companies, hardware startups, and supply chain. My opinion can be unintentionally biased.


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  • Georges

    I’m wondering why Dassault Systèmes is not in the The Top 9 Best PLM Software In 2019 To Manage Your Product Lifecycle …

  • beyondplm

    These lists are usually not ranked exactly because the question you asked :). Most of these lists are alphabetical. At least most of the time, I’m listing vendors, call them by the name started from “A…”. I think, it is the old marketing and sales trick. You can try to give a name, which starts from the number ;)… like “007 PLM Ninja”. Certainly will take the top.

  • Jared

    I agree with the reasons you gave in your conclusion. It is a complex buying process that has many variables factoring into PLM TCO. If we’re just comparing subscription/ license costs, however…

    …software is software whether it’s owned or by subscription. Identifying the cost for software is simple. If you held their hand to the fire every vendor could post their price breakdown (as Aras, Arena and Autodesk have seen fit to do). But if you can get away without standardized pricing, why do it? From the traditional vendor point of view, you cap potential margin. I’ve gotten to see many PLM deals come to fruition with some vendors on the above list and maximizing the margin is what it’s all about.
    The buyer is gaining more and more power and I think this practice will come to an end someday soon, but for now, it seems like the complexity exists for a rea$$on.

  • beyondplm

    Jared, complexity is always exists for a rea$$$$$on, until somebody will come and change the rea$$$$$on with a rea$on and will make it work. Remember, AutoCAD, Solidworks and few others. But PLM is not there yet.

  • Jared

    Meant to also say that I loved the article. Been reading your insights for several years now.
    Thank you for always covering the important issues.

  • beyondplm

    Jared, thank you!

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