Where is the PLM shortcut to the cloud?

 I definitely think that “cloud” will become the buzzword of the year 2009. As the number of cloud-based announcements is growing, I tried to see where PLM of its into this cloud race. So far, I’ve observed three main trends companies are using to jump  on the cloud-related business.

 1.    Develop a cloud-based platform/infrastructure  

In my view, Amazon is the leader here in the way that it established an elastic cloud platform and also provided database services (Amazon Web Services, Amazon EC2, Amazon WS). Microsoft, IBM and other big IT vendors are joining the race – you can see a few announcements recently from MS and from IBM. Do a Google search for buzzwords such as SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and you will find whole bunch of relevant publications.

 2.    Use cloud services and/or a platform to develop new applications

This is not only a place for innovation for many big companies, but also an absolutely sweet spot for newcomers. The number of applications on top of established cloud services such as Amazon is growing. Where Amazon and Google look more infrastructure and data oriented, Facebook, and some others provide more social-oriented applications. What’s interesting here is the redevelopment of available utilities and tools that can  be connected and backed up with cloud services.

 3.    Integrate and/or migrate existing application offering with cloud services

This is a space where existing established ISVs are trying to balance between today and tomorrow. According to the latest Forrester research “Platform-As-A-Service Reference Architecture”, at least 50% of ISVs today are developing SaaS applications. “Increasing customer demand for software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications has already convinced 50% of software vendors to deploy some of their business applications via SaaS. The approach is turning out to be a major technology challenge, as it re-opens the fundamental platform discussion. A new set of functionality in the form of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings is leading to a new software product and services category” – says Stefan Ried, Ph.D. in his research.

  What are the possible routes for PLM-related companies within this cloud-race? One route will be moving existing enterprise application architectures onto the cloud platforms. Some of IaaS/PasS providers (like Amazon EC2) allows you to run existing applications hosted on the cloud; but some of this new IaaS/PaaS development (i.e. MS Azure) assumes that you will need to adopt this to a new application development infrastructure. Another alternative is to develop services on top of established cloud platforms. In this context, I was thinking about the possible renaissance of File Explorer (yes! New Old Stuff… File Explorer is the most widely used product data management tool after MS Excel :)).

 So, the cloud-based File Explorer could be easy and cheap for companies to start moving their PDM/PLM stacks onto the cloud. On one hand, it will leverage existing user experience, which is significantly important for users. , On the other hand, it will be backed up with strong and scalable cloud data services.

 Here is an interesting product developed by CloudBerryLab for Amazon S3. I’m sure ex-users of Norton Commander are feeling some nostalgia when you look at the design of these explorer panels.

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I’m sure we will see Cloud-based PLM services coming very soon. I will be very interested to know you’re your feelings. Perhaps, you already have some  experience in this area.

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12 Responses to Where is the PLM shortcut to the cloud?

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  4. Oleg, I know I am slow in commenting on this post, but I believe the topic of “PLM-on-the-cloud” is still very relevant. After SolidWorks World 2010, the main theme I heard from the CAD community was, “I’ll never put my sensitive intellectual property on the cloud.” I believe there is too much FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) about intellectual property security on the cloud, and that many people aren’t aware of the details around cloud computing. My more complete thoughts on this subject, the basics of private and community clouds, and how PLM will benefit from cloud computing can be found at http://www.razorleaf.com/2010/04/cloud-y-with-a-chance-of-plm/.

  5. Jonathan, Thank you for comment! You are welcome any time. Don’t feel guilty. I will go with your speed :)… I agree with you. Security and IP protection is presented, for the moment, as a key inhibitor for PLM on the cloud. I had chance to blog about it many times– just go with the following search tag on my blog (http://plmtwine.com/?s=cloud.). Also, thank you for the link to your post. Hope to have chance to look on this later today. Best, Oleg

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