Product Data Management (PDM)

(Data) turbo for your product development.

With PDM, you link design and product data, processes and people in product development. This accelerates your development process and at the same time you realize a central, uniform data stock. Read more and also learn how you can centrally manage your design and parts list data with a PDM system.

Product Data Management

Use product data management (PDM) to make product development faster.


Product Data Management (PDM) refers to the management of all relevant design and product data as well as processes and people in the design and construction phase. With PDM, you manage your design data and processes not only faster but also more efficiently. 

PDM systems enable company-wide professional management of all documents required during product development, e.g. CAD models, drawings, calculations, office data or specification and test report data. PDM systems thus ensure, among other things, professional change management, secure document management or versioning or revisioning that can be traced at any time.

In addition: With the specific CIDEON interfaces you can connect all common ERP systems with the PDM system that suits you best.    

You can also use PDM as the basis for your Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Enable the management and control of data and processes along the entire product lifecycle - starting from the initial concept to the end of the product's life. 

Start benefiting from a centralized solution for handling all development-related information and design processes. Not only will you realize better collaboration and control at every stage of your product development. Over the entire product lifecycle, you also minimize time and costs - while improving quality.

Carmen Joesten-Machado, Customer Success Manager

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Use Cases

Data management makes product development easier, faster and more efficient and is driven by product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM). PDM applications in day-to-day business are many and varied:

Managing Design Data

PDM improves the management of design and product-related data, people and processes. Prevent poorly organized and unprotected network folders or tables that are not kept up to date. Professionalize data management including centralizing data storage, setting permissions, backing up data and easily tracking files and revisions by using PDM solutions.

Optimize Cooperation

Use PDM to further optimize collaboration. PDM solutions provide functions for parallel development at different locations (simultaneous engineering) using managed or direct access options. Use versioning/revision functions to keep track of the status of design changes.

Extend CAD Data Management

Use PDM to extend data management. Don't just manage CAD data in the future, but optimize workflows and processes throughout product development, e.g., change and approvals management, design reviews, project management and BOM management. Costs can then be decreased and product quality increased.


Improved Cooperation

Use PDM systems to improve cooperation. Benefit from features for fast data sharing, file version control and change traceability.

Simplified Design Processes

Use PDM systems to simplify your design processes, for example, by automating change requests or BOM creation.

Reduced Risk of Error

Centrally save product and process data within the PDM system. Eliminate the risk of data loss, duplicate files and conflicting versions.

Faster Planning

Use the PDM system as a knowledge database and apply already known information for future product developments.

Our Added Values

CIDEON advises and supports companies in optimizing their product development processes - from conception and engineering to manufacturing and service. We stand for:

Decades of Expertise

Rely on decades of practical knowledge in system integration and process consulting. CIDEON understands your business challenges in digital transformation and supports you with unique solutions along the entire value chain.

Customized Engineering

Benefit from customized solutions with CIDEON software and interfaces. Integrative, powerful and perfectly tailored to your individual requirements in day-to-day business.


End-to-End Process Consulting

Transform your digital requirements into corporate (added) value. We simplify your processes, map them digitally and make them economically viable - across functions and divisions throughout the entire product development process.  

International Cooperation

Place your trust in a strong group of companies. CIDEON is part of the family-run, globally active Friedhelm Loh Group and is guided by the principles of customer-focused and sustainable corporate management. 


CIDEON Support

Quality, speed and reliability in engineering play a crucial role in your success. All-round services are therefore as important as committed specialists and powerful software.

CIDEON Support gives you quick and easy answers to your questions, detailed information about products and solutions, and helpful tips and tricks.

Managed Services take us one step further: This service enables us to maintain an overview of your CAD/PDM/PLM environment and thus ensure your software's long-term operational reliability. You can then always be sure that your systems are always up to date and operable.

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