Today is a time of dramatic change for software solutions. Larger development organizations, including OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and suppliers, now have more flexibility than ever when it comes to these technologies. But it is also a time of unprecedented accessibility, with small organizations and startups now feasibly accessing the same technologies that were previously reserved for their larger peers. From top to bottom, it truly is a time of democratization.

Many of these technologies, such as CAD and CAE offer significant new advantages and benefits as part of this democratization revolution. Yet, no solution is undergoing as dramatic a change as product lifecycle management (PLM). Oft considered costly and difficult to deploy, a range of advances make this class of software widely available, for companies large and small.