Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

PLM is a holistic approach to product development to capture all information that accumulates during the lifecycle of a product. Product Lifecycle Management systems (PLM systems) build on PDM systems and enable the efficient management and control of data and processes. This allows you to realize seamless collaboration between all parties involved and accelerate your product development in the long term. Read on to learn more about specific PLM use cases and the resulting benefits for more success in your day-to-day business. 

Product Lifecycle Management

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) automates every process along your value chain.


PLM stands for Product Lifecycle Management and pursues the goal of recording every single phase of the product lifecycle and making it more efficient. With PLM, you control all data flows and processes completely digitally right from the start. The result is an acceleration and improved control of company-wide processes - throughout the entire lifecycle of the product: starting with the concept phase and initial project planning, through maintenance and servicing, to the decommissioning of a product. The advantages in day-to-day business: fewer process bottlenecks, no isolated work and effective, because shared, use of data. 

CIDEON supports companies in the manufacturing industry and other sectors in the introduction of PLM systems of various scales. You too can benefit from our many years of consulting expertise and our in-depth process knowledge gained from numerous successful PLM projects.

PLM systems: the (process) turbo for product development.

Use PLM systems to make missing, outdated or unreadable information available at the "push of a button" at any time in the necessary quality and in the correct version. Product Lifecycle Management systems (PLM systems) build on PDM systems and enable efficient management and automated control of your product development by linking data with processes.

The data and information are made available in the PLM system without redundancy and in real time within the company. Regardless of whether "on-prem", i.e. stationary, or cloud-based - the goal is the same: to increase productivity in the company along the entire value chain. With PLM systems, you accelerate your product development sustainably. 

Control the entire product development process with PLM.

With PLM, you ensure that everyone involved in product development is always up to date and that deadlines and budgets are met when new products are launched. With PLM systems, you manage the progress of your product launches by storing all key data and processes in one central location. Use configurable templates to standardize milestones, deliverables, or regular tasks. Use the possibilities of cloud-based PLM systems and work with real-time data to have an overview at all times.

Simplify your supplier management with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Simplify your supplier management with PLM. Use features to improve collaboration and audit your suppliers for each line item according to your specific BOMs - fully automated and from anywhere in the world. Also use it to verify completion of regular audits and ensure required compliance.

Track changes across the enterprise with PLM systems.

Track changes across your product or component with PLM systems by automatically storing history and information with a comprehensive audit trail. Each product change is documented individually. Therefore, it's easy to find responsible parties and suppliers and understand the impact of changes. In addition, all stakeholders can monitor change requests in real time in a collaborative environment, so bottlenecks can be avoided.

Your advantages with PLM

Improve innovative strength

With PLM systems, you can digitize and automate your processes and reduce the number of manual steps that were previously necessary. This gives you more freedom and capacity for further innovations.

More satisfied customers

Transparent and standardized processes increase the quality of products and services. Increase not only customer satisfaction but also your own reputation with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

Increase capacity

Increase your capacity for further projects with PLM by sustainably reducing non-value-adding activities such as the procurement, checking and distribution of information.

PLM Consulting & Implementation

CIDEON offers you comprehensive consulting and support around the introduction of a PLM system in your company and is always at your side as a reliable partner afterwards. Benefit from our many years of experience from a large number of successfully implemented PLM projects, our agile approach and our close partnership with market-leading software manufacturers.

Analysis & Consulting

Together with you, we examine your existing systems and processes and discuss possible potentials for improvement. Based on this, our team of experts will develop a detailed plan for implementing a PLM system tailored to your individual requirements.


The implementation of your new PLM solution takes place step by step and in close coordination with important stakeholders from your company. In the process, we ensure a perfect-fit integration with existing systems (ERP, CAD, etc.) and guarantee that your day-to-day business runs smoothly.

Support & Optimization

After implementation, our support solutions ensure the unrestricted operability and availability of your PLM system – regardless of whether your company uses SAP PLM, Autodesk Vault or PRO.FILE. We also take care of adapting your PLM system to changed requirements, if necessary.

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Use Cases

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) professionalisiert Ihre Leistung auf allen Ebenen der Wertschöpfungskette schnell und dauerhaft.

Product Data Management

Use centralized data management for all product information that records revisions, reduces errors and improves cooperation.

BOM Management

Manage product BOMs in a central location and share them across the company and throughout the entire product lifecycle.

Product Development

Configure project templates and standardize phase-gate milestones, deliverables and tasks by product line, business unit, product team or other criteria.

Change Management

Streamline change management by recording key insights or details.

Quality Management

Enhance quality management and automate quality assurance workflows for improved outcomes.


Improve and intensify cooperation – across teams and with your partners and service providers for the entirety of product development.


Accelerate Market Maturity

With constant access to product data across sites and departments, productivity increases and project cycle times shortened.

Reduce Costs

Use a PLM system to automate product development and manufacturing processes while also reducing costs.

Improve Product Development

Only provide design data that has the required quality, enabling design improvements early on in product development.

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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Lochhamer Schlag 11, 82166 Gräfelfing



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