This week, with the launch of PLM Cloud, PTC jumps into SaaS with both feet.
“In the past, we’ve been a bit skittish with our answers about our Cloud strategy,” acknowledged Tom Shoemaker, PTC’s VP of product marketing. “Now, we can say, yes, we’re here, we’re all in!”
PTC’s press release states, “Recognizing that many SMBs (small and midsized businesses) may lack a dedicated IT staff but still want to adopt a proven PLM environment, PTC designed PTC PLM Cloud specifically to enable team collaboration and data management in the cloud. This flexible offering eliminates the typical, but risky, SMB practice of shared folders and file naming conventions which hamper product development.”
Newer PLM and PDM vendors like Arena Solutions and GrabCAD, which launched into the market with on-demand offerings, have no previous customer base dedicated to on-premise offerings, set up on a different pricing structure. Established PLM vendors like PTC, however, must deal with the inevitable conflict when introducing a SaaS option.