Interoperability In The PLM Ecosystem: Industry Approaches
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) deals with the creation, modification and exchange of product information across the entire lifecycle. The scope and definition of PLM has evolved to include globally spread business partners, their suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, etc. to achieve the unified product realization goal. Thus resulting in the need for leveraging and integrating their diverse business decision support systems involved in the product lifecycle. Engineering and business processes across these partners involve multitudes of product data exchanges. Hence, interoperability across PLM that facilitates a highly responsive environment while enabling extremely flexible means of implementing business processes, needs to be achieved.