This IDC Manufacturing Insights Pivot Table presents our best estimates and forecasts for the worldwide product life-cycle management (PLM) IT opportunity. The document provides IT spending forecasts for the following subindustries: automotive; high-tech electronic components; high-tech equipment; other high tech; aerospace and defense; base materials: chemicals, metals, and pulp and paper; consumer products; other discrete manufacturing; and other process manufacturing. It also provides industry and technology definitions and methodology. Regional segmentations include Asia/Pacific, the United States, Western Europe, and the rest of the world. The data aligns with the 1H17 release of the Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide: Industry and Company Size.

Breakouts for the following PLM applications are provided:

  • Computer-aided design, manufacturing, or engineering (CAx) (computer-aided design [CAD]/computer-aided manufacturing [CAM]/computer-aided engineering [CAE])
  • Collaborative product data management (cPDM)
  • Manufacturing
  • New product development (NPD)
  • "Other" engineering

The overall data for each PLM application area includes the spending (does not provide splits) from software (license and maintenance) and information technology (IT) services (IT consulting, systems integration [SI], IT outsourcing, and other IT services).


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IDC Manufacturing Insights: Worldwide Semiannual Manufacturing Product Life-Cycle Management IT Spending Guide

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Engineering applications, Global IT and economic markets

Vertical Markets

Discrete manufacturing, Manufacturing life-cycles, Process manufacturing, Smart manufacturing


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