For years the “stampede” of companies moving PLM systems to the cloud sounded more like crickets hopping across the midwestern plains than the herd of wildebeests many industry experts expected. While companies were looking for any opportunity to move their other enterprise systems to the cloud, they were not eager to take the same leap forward with their PLM environment. While organizations cited security concerns and vendor lock-in as the top reasons for delaying their PLM move, everyone seemed to have an excuse to delay their move to the cloud.
Due to the impact of global events in 2020 and 2021, a sense of urgency for cloud-based PLM has emerged and created a new mass migration for PLM systems. It seems every company has at the very least begun to investigate moving their PLM system to the cloud, and some have even started to implement the change. However, a new variable has affected the equation. As PLM environments have become more complicated due to exponential complexity, IT departments have struggled to manage their PLM deployment effectively. They have realized they do not have the necessary resources to ensure the environment is running optimally. Companies moving to the cloud are now also looking to offload the responsibilities of deploying and securing the PLM environment while executing the day-to-day tasks of overseeing the environment. Welcome to the world of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
As IT executives begin to accept handing over the reins of their PLM environment to an outside provider, they are not only asking themselves if their provider can fulfil their service level agreement today, but if they are also prepared to handle their PLM for the next generation of business transformation. How can they be sure that their provider is utilizing contemporary technology and processes to deliver this service?
In CIMdata’s recent webinar, “Is Fully Configurable SaaS for PLM Possible on the Cloud?” Peter Bilello, president and CEO of CIMdata discussed this question. He described the capabilities of most of today’s SaaS PLM solutions as “Generation 1,” while also defining the framework of a “Generation 2” SaaS PLM solution. This topic is so important Aras invited Peter to participate in a follow-up webinar to explain in more detail the criteria for Generation 1 (Gen 1) and Generation 2 (Gen 2) cloud-based SaaS PLM, as well as provide additional insights as to what capabilities are beyond Gen 2. We encourage you to listen to CIMdata’s assessment of Aras Enterprise SaaS, and why they consider it a leading Gen 2 solution for cloud-based SaaS PLM.
Don’t miss this informative discussion in which you will learn what to look for in a cloud-based PLM SaaS solution that meets and exceeds the Gen 2 criteria and is positioned to grow with your expanding PLM system. Register now!