Differences between PLM,PDM and PIM systems

Currently, it is normal for many entrepreneurs to be confused about the systems they can use to improve the management of their company. If you are not sure if you need a PLM, PDM or PIM system, here we will explain what are the most important differences between them, so we can help you to make a better choice on the system that best suits your needs.

Because the amount of softwares for companies becomes increasingly complex, they can raise several doubts when choosing the one that we believe best fits the needs of the company to improve. To know what is the system that your business needs you can ask yourself some basic questions such as: does your business only distribute products?, Is more than one product manufactured?, How many departments does your company has?, How many equipments and data bases make up the processes?, among other questions of the style that will help you to have a clearer picture of your needs.

What are PLM systems?

For its acronyms, PLM systems (Product Lifecycle Management) are responsable for carrying out a transversal process of monitoring and control over the life cycle of your company’s products. The operation of these systems is quite strategic and can be very extensive, since it can organize all the parallel software to centralize the different databases that are used during the development process.

In short, the PLM is responsible for the life cycle of a product, providing clearer information at the same time that fixes possible errors that may exist within the entire life process of the product, from its manufacture to its distribution.

What are PDM systems?

The PDM (Product Data Management) systems are usually classified as a branch of the PLM systems and have a more basic origin than these. This is because PDM systems serve to capture and manage product information, thus ensuring that it is delivered without complications to users within its life cycle. That is why the actions that can be performed by these systems are somewhat reduced, which are aimed at correct management of files and metadata that are related to the design of the products that are developed by the company.

These systems are usually very useful for engineers, as they store CAD files or three-dimensional models of products, in addition to the relationship that exists between all files.

What is a PIM System?

When we are searching about what is PIM (Product Information Management) we will find that it’s an extension that can be integrated with the e-commerce platform that has been chosen to be used in the company (WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify), which works as a multichannel marketing program that allows having a better control over the different areas of the ecommcerce. That is to say, the PIM system has the objective of tracking in real time the data corresponding to the company’s inventory, being able to send it correctly to all the channels in which the information is needed.

Which system is the best for your company?

The truth is that we can not say that one system is better than another, so to know which is the best for your company should be based on the needs and resources of your business, so you can choose the one that best fits your business model and your needs. What we can recommend you is that before you choose a specific system, you should perform a prior analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems and in this way, you can choose the best system for you with enough information about it.

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