Product Data Management Systems
Product Data Management systems appeared on the market at the end of the 1980s and have been applied in an increasing degree ever since then. According to CIMdata studies (Abed, 1999)(Miller, 1996) the global market for PDM systems have been growing exponentially from the 1990s up till now, see Figure 79. In 1995 the market was estimated around $700 millions, whereas the estimates for the year 2000 goes up to $2 billions. It has been observed that the market for PDM related services are growing faster than the sales of PDM software. Services are provided by vendors, independent consultants, and research institutes. In 1998, North America constituted 46% of the market, Europe 39 %, and Asia-Pacific 14% (Abed, 1999).
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