We've been getting a good amount of questions recently about cloud migration and PLM, especially from large enterprises. While Oracle has been pushing really hard about moving all their customers to the cloud, we've seen a recent spike in questions from companies using Dassault, Siemens and other PLM systems.
There have always been lots of reasons why you want to move to the cloud. But I'd like to thank the Oracle team for making it really clear to all their customers that they're moving to the cloud whether they like it or not. In recent webinars, even Oracle partners are saying that Agile PLM is end-of-life and that "Agile 9.3.6 doesn't have an exciting future...and would be mainly bug fixes."
There are countless reasons why you may want to completely swap your existing on-premise PLM for a cloud PLM, but what if you're not quite ready to do that? Organizational change, hundreds of process extensions, and countless integrations may make you hesitate in going all-in on the cloud.
If you're not ready to make a complete transition to the cloud immediately, here are some other viable alternatives and users you may want to consider as part of a longer-term cloud migration roadmap:
- Casual Users: Even if you have thousands of PLM users, it's likely that you have a much smaller number of "power users" using your on-premise PLM system. In that case, you can keep your power users on your current PLM, and migrate your more casual users to a newer, more modern cloud PLM system. They likely won't have the heartburn of moving to a better system where they can access product data, view files, and approve changes.
- Suppliers and Partners: External users have typically been left behind with older PLM systems primarily because of access, security, trust and more. But with modern cloud PLM systems, it's easy to roll out PLM for Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers to collaborate, while you keep existing employees in your legacy PLM system. Make sure whatever cloud PLM system you look at has rock solid security, such as granular object and field access, IP login restrictions, etc.
- Customers: Just like partners have been left out of legacy PLM systems, so have customers. If you're involved in collaborative development with customers, engineer-t0-order systems or even configure-t0-order, a modern cloud PLM system can help you get customers engaged throughout the product development process.
- Omni-Channel Sales: Managing product data isn't just for engineers. There's a growing number of companies looking for modern ways to get product launches done and their products into the hands of customers. In this case, consider looking at a modern Product Information Management (PIM) solution that can help get the latest product data to all your appropriate sales channels, including direct sales teams, distributors and e-commerce sites.
So if you want to move to the cloud, but aren't quite ready, each of these alternatives could give you the initial step in the right direction. Best of luck!