Make Your Data Work for You: Modern PDM Systems

Written By: Katie Scherbel
  • 3/15/2018

As we discussed in our last post, engineers in organizations without a product data management (PDM) initiative spend 25% more time on nonproductive data management tasks. But the organizations that recoup engineering productivity release designs at higher rates, boost innovation, and avoid prototype failures and change orders. They also lower the cost of goods, and resolve quality issues sooner. With the right PDM system, your organization can do the same. Here’s how a modern PDM system makes this possible.

Manage Your Data

Engineers and designers don’t have to be a bottleneck when it comes to extending product data beyond their own function. Allowing the PDM system to do the work for you resolves your data management problem. This is possible through a single integrated view of product information and data, which empowers engineering and non-engineering teams alike to work from a single system with current and accurate data. 

According to Tech-Clarity’s Best Practices for Managing Design Data, through data management, “World-class manufacturers are able to find the data they need, share it with others, manage their design projects, and provide the correct data to manufacturing – and spend 25% less time on nonproductive data management tasks.”

Be Empowered to Share Data

The right PDM system also makes it possible for engineers to access product information living in other IT systems and to easily share consumable data with non-engineers in a controlled environment. Imagine being able to share your product data with fast and secure collaboration across the product development ecosystem? Things like self-service or even role-based applications for non-engineers are a modern method towards collaboration, and one that should be sought after. Rather than non-engineering teams requesting information from engineering, they can grab that data directly from the PDM system.


Easier Data Review 

Advanced PDM systems also streamline data reviews for both data engineers and non-engineers. They make this possible through simplified CAD/document review, compare and release, and automated publishing of 3D/2D product data for non-CAD users. Certain solutions also support traceability/history of online markups, redlining, validation, and even enable life-sized review of 3-D designs through augmented reality.

The right PDM system essentially makes it possible to deliver all this in a continuous manner, for uninterrupted data management, sharing and reviewing. 

The Right PDM System in the Cloud

Savvy manufacturers are taking advantage of these advanced PDM capabilities in the cloud. Doing so enhances the PDM solution by reducing IT burden and providing a predictable operating expense with a lower total cost of ownership. In addition, a cloud-based deployment enables organizations to experience faster time to value, along with greater agility and scalability to meet the changing needs of your business.

Simply put, the right PDM system enables organizations to automate, track, and manage their product-development-related processes company-wide.

To understand more about what manufacturers should look for in a PDM system, download the Tech-Clarity PDM Buyer’s Guide.



  • Windchill
  • PLM
  • Electronics and High Tech

About the Author

Katie Scherbel

Katie Scherbel is the Director of Product Marketing for PTC’s PLM division. She is a content crafter by trade with over 10 years of experience in the tech industry, specializing in PLM, digital transformation, big data, cloud, storage and converged architectures. Before joining PTC, Katie was the Alliances Marketing Manager at SimpliVity Corporation and worked in partner and solutions marketing at EMC.