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Keep Your PLM Apps in the Clouds and Data on the Ground

By     AUGUST 23, 2018

For manufacturers looking to streamline their product introduction processes and improve the management of their bill of materials (BOM), keeping your apps in the cloud and data on the ground makes good sense.

Autodesk — along with our partners and consultants — have integrated Vault, our best-in-class PDM solution, with Fusion Lifecycle, our cloud-based PLM solution. Companies now have the enterprise-wide visibility needed to get to market faster, easier, and more affordably. For many customers, this integrated solution marks the first time their design teams have been able to holistically monitor their entire design processes, and the results have been eye opening.

Historically, companies have relied on disparate design systems that made aligning stakeholders with manufacturing processes difficult. Even worse, operating in this kind of siloed environment creates blind spots that increase the risk of supply chain oversights, employee missteps, and product design errors.

That’s why more product companies in today’s fast-paced manufacturing world —especially those designing complex products with global design teams—demand modern data and BOM solutions that provide superior visibility and insights into their processes.

If you are an Autodesk customer who uses Vault today, you’re already focused on managing design data. Adding Fusing Lifecycle will show you the benefits of managing your complete BOM and product design lifecycle processes — from initial concept to design phases to production — all in a secure environment.

Vault is also a great first step/foundation for a PLM investment.If you’ve already invested in Fusion Lifecycle, adding PDM capabilities to your PLM workflows streamlines end-to-end product development processes and unlocks the benefits of managing your design data.

By seamlessly integrating these two world-class solutions, companies get the — pardon the pun — best of both worlds: the cloud enhances supply chain collaboration and information sharing, while on-premise PDM better secures sensitive IP data and files behind the firewall. Alternatively, cloud PLM streamlines dynamic design processes, while on-premise PDM ensures faster and accurate data analysis.

One of the core benefits of integrating Vault and Fusion Lifecycle is the bi-directional flow of data like Change Management, Lifecycle status, and Quality Management for closed loop traceability. Additionally, actions in the CAD environment can be populated into PLM and the BOM while CAD users can dynamically query PLM for critical information. This integration gives mechanical and electrical engineers the ability to make fully informed design decisions based on all relevant engineering and corporate data.

Modern electronic product trends, such as the Internet of Things, incorporate everything from mechanical to electrical parts, which means design teams that have never previously met are now working closely together. For this reason, manufacturers are turning to Autodesk to help facilitate collaboration and keeptheir entire product teams in sync.

So, to the many innovative companies developing innovative products that change the world, remember to always dream big — and keep your apps in the cloud and data on the ground.