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Autodesk heads into the cloud

1 March 2012

Autodesk has announced the immediate availability of Autodesk PLM 360. The cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) system provides a powerful, affordable and easy-to-implement solution. PLM 360 is the latest offering to build upon Autodesk’s cloud-based solutions. The company claims it is the first cloud-based PLM solution focused on business applications beyond engineering and bill of material management. As a result, employees in a range of roles can better access product and project-related information. “We’ve found Autodesk PLM 360 to be a welcome expansion of our Digital Prototyping workflow,” said Rob Ferber, CEO at Electron Vault, a clean-tech energy-storage provider. “Given the high costs and expertise associated with traditional PLM, we just didn’t want to go there until now. Autodesk’s accessibility, rapid deployment and ease of use reduce the complexity of managing PLM processes across our global teams.” PLM 360 takes a highly configurable no-programming approach to system configuration. Dozens of preinstalled apps automate business processes across the lifecycle. Users can tailor or build apps to meet specific needs without having to purchase additional modules. PLM 360 is a true multitenant cloud application. The application is always up-to-date and compatible with any customer-specific configuration. Users access PLM 360 from a fully managed data center that provides security, high performance and disaster recovery. PLM 360 also features integration and interoperability to on-premise systems including Autodesk Vault product data management (PDM) software. Vault enables workgroups to organise, manage and track their engineering CAD data, manufacturing bills-of-material and change processes from a centralised location.


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