SOURCE: Omnify Software

August 28, 2007 08:00 ET

PLM Survey Results Show a Need for More Efficient Engineering Change, Bill of Material, and Compliance Management

Omnify Software Survey Reveals Manufacturers Overcome Product Development Challenges With PLM

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - August 28, 2007) - Omnify Software, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for electronic, medical, mechanical, and defense manufacturers, today announces the results of its annual customer survey. The survey polled more than 100 Omnify customers, both new and legacy, in order to research and evaluate common product development challenges before and after their PLM implementation. Omnify Software reports that approximately 91 percent of respondents indicated they were able to overcome product development challenges using PLM software.

Survey results showed that there is a significant need among manufacturers for more efficient engineering change, Bill of Material (BOM) and component management, as well as ease of communicating necessary product information to various departments. The survey confirmed that customers were able to resolve these product development challenges by implementing a PLM solution and were pleased with how they were able to streamline their operations and develop products much easier and faster. Prior to implementing a PLM solution, the majority of respondents reported that managing product information in different locations and outgrowing Excel or homegrown solutions were key issues. These practices could not support the growing amounts of data involved in designing and manufacturing a product. Employing PLM technology was a strategic initiative to create more efficient product design and development processes by managing product data in a single, secure location and eliminating silos of information throughout the enterprise.

The survey also uncovered that the most common market trend manufacturers are seeing today is the need to meet diverse compliance requirements such as RoHS, FDA, Quality and ISO. Respondents reported that they feel Omnify is in a strong position to support these trends with the system's ability to manage detailed product data, track change history, handle quality/CAPA information, and its robust reporting capabilities. Over 82% of customers stated that they are currently using Omnify to manage their compliance processes or plan to.

Ease of implementation and depth of capabilities, followed by ease of use, are key factors when selecting a PLM system. According to the survey, customers selected Omnify over other PLM vendors mainly for the ease of implementation and use as well as its rich PLM feature set. The business-ready solution from Omnify allows customers to be trained and implemented within days due to its intuitive user interface and open technology platform. Omnify manages the complete product record delivering component data, BOM, engineering change, and documentation management. Empower, Omnify's next-generation PLM solution, incorporates project, quality/CAPA, and training requirements management functionality to further enhance visibility to the entire product development process.

"Both the ease of use and functionality of Omnify has helped us to easily transition to paperless operations and establish real-time data exchange among our product development teams," said Raleigh Morgan, Documentation Control Manager for EMS Technologies. "On average, we have achieved over a 50% reduction in process steps with Omnify."

"PLM technology provides a foundation for accurate and readily accessible product data for design and manufacturing," stated Jim Brown, Vice President, Global Product Innovation and Engineering, Aberdeen Group. "Best in Class companies are leveraging PLM to rapidly bring more reliable and profitable products to market by leveraging centralized data and increasing communication across interdepartmental, dispersed development teams."

About Omnify Software

Omnify Software, a leading provider of business-ready Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, helps OEMs streamline development cycles, accelerate product innovation and improve bottom-line profitability. Omnify's commitment to customer success has resulted in a solution that is easy to use, quick to implement and provides an open integration platform. Omnify prides itself on superior customer service, delivering outstanding training, development and support with a team of experienced technology professionals. Omnify is acknowledged as an industry leader, winning such honors as MBT Magazine's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, START-IT Magazine's Hottest Companies for two consecutive years, as well as the magazine's Technology and Business Vision and Power of Partnerships awards. For additional product information, including pricing, please call 978-988-3800, email or visit

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