This whitepaper explores the reasons and benefits of integrating a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system with a SaaS Electronic Part Database (EPDB). It shows the benefit of the data aggregation and consistency that an integration provides and illustrates the advantages this gives directly to the electronic design engineers such as managing risk, avoiding redesigns, and mitigating obsolescence. Also, it shows how other roles of the business can benefit from this integration, for example, ensuring the reduction of stock levels and dramatically improving the sourcing of electronic components.

Finally, the paper investigates other parts of the product lifecycle, downstream from design, such as manufacturing, servicing and maintenance and shows how a full PLM/EPDB integration brings benefits from the cradle to grave of product development. In addition, it describes what integration really means from a business and technical perspective.