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Autodesk PLM 360

Product Lifecycle Management App


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Published 11/07/2014 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Autodesk PLM 360 is a product lifecycle management app that helps small and medium-sized companies take better control over their product-related workflows and processes. The app offers a number of features to enable product developers, engineers, project managers and business owners to manage their people, processes and projects. Autodesk PLM was built with young, fast growing companies in mind, helping them in the areas of change management, staff collaboration, bottleneck elimination, status reporting, time and task management, and with connecting and sharing data.

The core features of Autodesk’s product lifecycle management app cover bill of materials (BOM) management, change management, new product introduction (NPI), supplier collaboration, quality management, cost management and app connectivity/ business workflow management. The app is useful for sharing data from multiple sources in real-time among all project stakeholders. It is also ideal for defining and refining workflows and processes for more efficient turnaround, as well as for tracking changes, keeping audit trails, sending notifications, and setting deadlines and milestones.

The bill of materials (BOM) management feature proves a useful tool for engineers and executives to keep track of parts and assembly productions. Autodesk offers 2D and 3D visualizations of components and products. The change management feature helps to define workflows for change requests and change orders. This feature includes notifications, real time ‘to-do’ lists and historical change traceability. The quality management feature of Autodesk allows users you to configure and put in place standard or custom Corrective and Preventative Actions processes (CAPA), along with providing quality management reporting, information traceability for compliance, and inspection planning.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The company behind Autodesk PLM 360 are located in California and are formed of a well established team of product development industry experts. The company dates back to 1982 and the cloud app was designed as a move forward from more traditional hardware-based systems with a mission to improve the way people work together. The app is used by a number of SMBs, many of them being fast growing start-ups in a range of industries. Some of their clients include Greenpoint Technologies Inc., Zep Solar, Pura Medical, Suretank, Ltd., and Vanguard Networks. The website features a number of customer stories.

What are the differences to other apps?

Autodesk PLM 360 is a multi-platform product lifecycle management app that has been designed with SMBs and growing businesses in mind. Many PLM apps cater mostly to enterprise customers, however Autodesk understand the need for young companies to keep a tight focus on product innovation.

The software also comes with a wide range of pre-configured apps to help manage other areas of your business that inevitably tie into product management. Some of these apps include Bid & Contract Management, Quote & Costing, Customer Incident & Complaints, and Field Service Report. Autodesk PLM 360 also integrates with your existing systems through APIs and their partnership with Jitterbit Integration Solutions.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Autodesk PLM 360 doesn't mess around with colors, adopting a simple black and white scheme for its interface. The header navigation bar provides access to a drop-down main menu, tools, administration and reports. All the processes in Autodesk are represented in visual charts that are easy to follow. The 2D and 3D component and product visualizations add a nice touch to the BOM feature. The app offers more visuals with 3D charts and graphs for reporting on areas such as quality management. Features such as supplier management, task management, and milestones are neatly laid out in easily digestible lists of data.

How does the registration process work?

From the Autodesk PLM 360 website you have the option to either try the app or buy it straightaway. The free trial provides 30 day access to a personalized PLM site as well as access to the pre-configured app store. To sign up for the free trial you need to click on the drop-down “Try or Buy” tab in the header of any page on the site. Choose the “30-day trial” option from this list, and then click on the “Register Now” button on the next page. You then need to fill in a short form with your first name, last name, email and telephone number. A representative will then get in touch with you.

What does it cost to use the application?

Autodesk PLM 360 is offered on two separate pricing plans: Pro and Enterprise. The Pro plan costs $75 per user per month, and Enterprise costs $150 per user per month. The difference between the two packages is the support level, storage space, the inclusion of a Sandbox Development Environment and Single Sign On. There is also the option to add additional participant users for $25 per user per month. These users have access to a limited set of features.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Autodesk PLM 360 is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, including start-ups and fast growing, young companies. The app serves the needs of a range of industries such as automotive and transportation, building products and fabrication, consumer products, industrial machine, high tech, and medical or life sciences. The core features of Autodesk meet the needs of engineers, product developers, project managers and company owners. While the pre-configured app store offers solutions for IT departments, salespeople and marketing professionals involved in the development and launching of products.

  • Bill of Materials: Design and production lifecycle and revision control, 3D and 2D component and product visualization
  • Change Management: Real-time, configurable Change Request and Change Order workflows, notifications and real-time ‘to-do’ list
  • New Product Introduction (NPI): Task management, task notifications, real-time ‘to-do’ list and stage-gate milestone indicators
  • Supplier Collaboration: Manage supplier information, time-based supplier review, supplier participation in procurement process
  • Quality Management: Set standard or custom Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA), traceability for compliance, inspection planning & quality reporting
  • Cost Management: Embedded component and assembly cost information, Bill of Materials cost roll-up & cost reporting
  • Autodesk® PLM 360 Apps Marketplace: A group of additional features and workspaces that can be deployed without downloading or installing


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