Agile PLM Is Not Going Away. Now What?

If you're feeling a little uncomfortable about the future of your company's PLM technology investment, you aren't alone. First Agile announced the end of life for Agile PLM. Then they announced that they'll have one more release in about 18 months—a release they've already pushed out by more than a year—and they'll continue offering support through the end of the decade. None of that info is very comforting if your organization is heavily reliant on PLM for its product development efforts.

And then there are all of the existing issues with Agile PLM. It is difficult to integrate to other technologies. It's equally difficult to automate. It has very limited reporting capabilities. Its technologies (UI, API) are dated.

Meanwhile, are you getting pressured by your management to move to a cloud-based PLM offering? The fresh user interface, ease of management and low total cost of ownership of cloud-based PLM are all big incentives. But there's one little problem, and your due diligence has likely discovered this. The cloud-based PLM offerings on the market today are not yet ready for prime time. They will undoubtedly get there, but it isn't likely to be for some time.

So what's the solution?

At Zero Wait-State we think we have a unique and workable approach. Namely, the choice between Agile's dated PLM and a fresh cloud-based PLM is not an either/or proposition. We think a both/and approach is much more pragmatic, doable and smart.

What do we mean by a both/and approach? It's actually simple. Keep your existing Agile PLM. Use Zero Wait-State's innovative technologies to plug the gaps in integration, automation, reporting etc. until a more robust cloud-based PLM technology is available. Then use another of Zero Wait-State's unique capabilities to aid and foster your migration to the cloud when the time is right. 

It's entirely doable, answers a lot of questions, and solves plenty of problems—both today and for years to come.

Stay tuned for more information about our March 2, 2023 webinar in which we'll explore this approach in more detail.

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