More recently, Autodesk launched its PLM 360 platform, which was built from the ground up to be a cloud-based architecture, and others like Aras PLM and Arena Solutions have been offering cloud-based PLM services for some time.
Arena Solutions, a provider of cloud-based bill of materials (BOM) and change management software, just launched a pair of cloud-based tools to help manufacturers capture and share product data as they move from prototype to production. Arena PartsList is a lightweight BOM management app, while Arena PDXViewer is a build package viewer. Used together, Arena officials say engineers can import designs from ECAD, automatically completing documentation and sharing completed BOMs or PDX build packages with partners.
All of this activity seems to signal manufacturers' willingness to consider cloud-based PLM offerings. Industry watchers are also bullish on the emerging PLM paradigm. As part of his 2012 predictions around cloud computing, Forrester Research Principal Analyst Holger Kisker said PLM, business intelligence, and supply chain management software will fuel the next wave of SaaS cloud adoption, in an overall market he expects will mature to hit around $60 billion in revenue this year.
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