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PLM Trends

A Look Back at 2023: What Changed for PLM

As the global landscape of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) continues to evolve, each passing year brings forth new challenges, innovations, and shifts in the way organizations manage their product development processes. 

The significant changes that unfolded in the world of PLM in 2023, can be categorized broadly into FIVE parts : Transformations in product complexities, the integration of emerging technologies, shifts in business paradigms, economic changes, and cultural shifts, including those post-pandemic.

Part 1: Evolving Product Complexities

a) Increased Product Customization:

There is an increasing trend towards increased product customization and 2023 was no exception.  Consumer expectations for personalized products drove organizations to adopt more flexible PLM solutions capable of accommodating a wide range of product variations. PLM systems were required to support dynamic configurations, leading to a shift in focus from mass production to more personalized and unique offerings.

b) Rising Complexity in Supply Chain Management:

The dynamics of global supply chains continued to evolve, introducing new challenges for PLM. Organizations faced increased complexities in managing suppliers, ensuring compliance, and optimizing logistics. PLM systems played a crucial role in facilitating end-to-end visibility and collaboration across the supply chain, addressing the need for streamlined processes amid growing intricacies.

Part 2: The Entry of TO-BE Giant Technologies

a) AI and Machine Learning:

In 2023, the assault of AI was the highlight. Although it is still in embryonic stage as far as PLM is concerned, but the future is uncertain. We have written in detail about this in our earlier article AI in PLM. Check this article for more on the  impact of AI in PLM. What are AI benefits, Issues it will lead to, what is the BEST way out for us and finally what will rule in the new PLM world with AI in it.

b) Blockchain for Enhanced Security:

Concerns about data security and intellectual property protection prompted the increased adoption of blockchain technology within organizations. Of course there is a long way to go for managing sensitive product information, ensuring the integrity of data throughout the product development lifecycle.

c) Augmented Reality (AR) in Design and Collaboration:

The Augmented Reality (AR) technologies have entered the fray and have the potential to transform the design and collaboration aspects of product development. AR-enabled design reviews and virtual collaboration spaces can make geographically dispersed teams to interact with 3D models in real-time,  in the long run, fostering a more immersive and collaborative design environment.

Part 3: Shifting Business Paradigms

a) Emphasis on Sustainability and ESG Practices:

The year 2023 witnessed the beginning of a notable shift in organizational priorities towards sustainability and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices. PLM systems in future will be adapted to incorporate features that enable organizations to track and manage the environmental impact of their products throughout their lifecycle. 

b) Rise of Digital Twins in Business Strategies:

Digital Twins, virtual replicas of physical products or processes, gained prominence as integral components of business strategies. Organizations increasingly utilized PLM systems to create and manage Digital Twins, enabling simulations, analyses, and optimizations that contributed to more informed decision-making across various stages of the product lifecycle.

c) The entry of Cloud-Based PLM:

The cloud-based PLM solutions are suddenly looking possible after 2023, driven by the need for increased flexibility, scalability, and remote collaboration capabilities. In 2023, organizations recognized the advantages of cloud in supporting distributed teams, providing real-time access to data, and ensuring seamless collaboration across geographies. The impact of the same on PLM world will be interesting to see.

Part 4: Economic Changes

a) Global Economic Resilience:

While the world is still recovering from the onslaught of Covid on economy, the year 2023 came with the most unexpected assault on economy due to the two major wars (still being fought). The 2023 economy has by far showcased a remarkable resilience to be honest but the only time will tell the complete story.

b) Shifts in Investment Priorities:

Above mentioned Economic changes influenced organizations to reassess their investment priorities in general.  

Part 5: Cultural Changes, Post-Pandemic

a) Hybrid Work Environments:

The post-pandemic cultural shift in 2023 witnessed a widespread adoption of hybrid work environments. Organizations redefined collaboration models within PLM teams, leveraging digital tools to accommodate remote and in-person collaboration seamlessly.

b) Emphasis on Work-Life Balance:

The post-pandemic era prioritized employee well-being, impacting the organization culture. Organizations recognized the importance of work-life balance, fostering a culture that valued flexibility and promoted mental health initiatives, ultimately contributing to increased productivity and innovation. 

c) Virtual Collaboration Norms:

Virtual collaboration norms became ingrained in Working practices post-pandemic. The adoption of virtual collaboration tools for design reviews, project management, and cross-functional teamwork became standard, enhancing the efficiency and inclusivity of PLM processes.


In retrospect, 2023 marked a transformative period for PLM, where the confluence of increased product complexities, the integration of emerging technologies, shifts in business paradigms, economic changes, and cultural shifts reshaped the landscape. 

As organizations continue to navigate the ever-changing terrain of product development, the lessons learned from 2023 serve as a blueprint for adapting and thriving in an era of continuous innovation and complexity. The forward-looking organizations that embrace these changes will not only optimize their product development processes but also positioned themselves as leaders in the dynamic world of PLM.

MechiSpike can be of GREAT help to you to plan your PLM future which is going to be impacted by all the mentioned substantial changes.


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