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PDM vs PLM Differences Explained
While both systems have their own unique purpose, they are essential in managing data and information related to designs/products. Successful companies manage these tools to make themselves more efficient.
PDM: Product Data Management (PDM) is a system of collecting attributes, metadata, validations and other knowledge of a particular product to be used to qualify or differentiate one article from the next.
PLM: Product Life Management (PLM) systems organizes and integrates PDM information with other related disciplines like Business Process Management (BPM), Customer Relations Management (CRM), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
PDM systems are a central source of organizing data for easy access to all in the value chain. A PLM system manages information on a product from cradle to grave, or in other words, from concept through disposal, recycle, or rebirth.
Generally, PDM information is generated and owned by design departments where PLM information requires involvement from all integrating information systems from each department of an organization.
So which do you have and how do you use it?