Autodesk continues its foray into the cloud product lifecycle management (PLM) game after its recent launch of Autodesk PLM 360 and acquisition of Inforbix. The focus of the Autodesk PLM 360 offering (bolstered by Jitterbit’s data integration) is to connect and orchestrate data transfers between systems. On the other hand, the focus of Inforbix is to index and mash up data across the systems for further discovery and analysis. In other words, Inforbix is for accessing and (in its way) analyzing data, while Jitterbit is for facilitating conversations between PLM 360 and ERP, CRM, SCM, and other enterprise systems.
Jitterbit has long been in salesforce.com’s AppExchange partner ecosystem, and it is likely that integrating Autodesk PLM 360 with salesforce.com’s social CRM applications will be on the roadmap. Given that currently PLM 360 doesn’t have much in terms of “social design” capabilities, it will be interesting to watch whether Autodesk will want to leverage the Chatter or Do.com platform by salesforce.com for social PLM collaboration. Perhaps it will take the Microsoft Sharepoint route. Or maybe both.
TEC blog post (Apr 2012): Inforbix – About Smart Product Information Discovery and Consumption