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Autodesk hopes its cloud-based solution will appeal to smaller companies as well (Photo: Autodesk)

Autodesk has unveiled new cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) software targeted at existing as well as new users.

The US based 3d design, engineering and entertainment software group said in a press release that its new Autodesk 360 for PLM software is designed for "small companies eager to deploy PLM for the first time" as well as large corporations that "have become disenchanted by PLM, due to the complexities and high costs associated with traditional PLM implementations."

The new software suite, which will be available early next year, will be scalable, configurable and intuitive, said Robert Kross, senior vice president, manufacturing industry group, at Autodesk. It will also provide "more accessible collaboration and business information management,” he said.

Autodesk 360 for PLM will include:

  • Autodesk 360 Nexus, which is software as a service that makes PLM business applications availabe to users anytime and anywhere
  • Autodesk Vault product data management software, which is already available
  • Autodesk Buzzsaw, a cloud-based supplier collaboration program that allows customers to securely exchange designs and documents with external partners and distributed teams.
Autodesk is keen to make its PLM software available to smaller companies. "No company should be excluded from the benefits of PLM technology,” Kross said.