PDM systems as enterprise-wide DMS solutions
In many companies, product data management (PDM) systems have established themselves alongside ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions as enterprise-wide information systems. Their job is to capture technical data and documentation on a virtual product over its life cycle and make the data available to processes, including those outside the development environment. In doing so, PDM systems provide certain core functions that can, potentially, also be put to effective use in fields outside product development, notably in document management, i.e. providing functions for the secure provision and archiving of documents, and functions for connecting business processes – in the sense of a document logistics solution.