CAD Under Siege with Persistent Threats that Require Persistent Protection

by Andy Han, Senior VP of Products & Engineering at  NextLabs and Jason Enzweiler, Senior Product Manager at  Siemens

Increasing intellectual property threats, globalization and collaborative product development have something in common: the need for premium protection of intellectual property.   Intellectual property is estimated to represent 70% of a company’s assets and around 6% of this is stolen each year (reference

It costs tens of millions to develop a new product and any competitive advantage gained from a new product introduction is temporary — as fast-followers copy your ideas. Intellectual property theft can quickly erode competitive advantage, cost a company lost sale revenue, and shrink ROI from R&D.

If protecting your IP is good defense, winners also need a strong offense which in today’s market is achieved through collaboration, efficiency, and innovation.  Achieving the right balance between offence and defense is what makes winners.

By combining the collaborative capabilities of PLM with the protections of EDRM a company can enjoy the best of both worlds.  Protection of their IP along with the collaborative benefits of a globally deployed PLM system give the companies the ability to be quick to market, while protecting their window of competitive advantage that a new product provides.

So, how would a PLM system and EDRM system combine to work together for enabling this kind of solution? The keys would be the following:

  • Automated application of protection using business logic
  • A centralized or collaborative security model between the PLM and EDRM systems
  • The ability to handle multiple formats of data including CAD and work-in-process type data.

These capabilities allow the EDRM to be embedded in the Product Development process. This will enable the global product development strategies that the most successful corporations employ to stay ahead of their competitors.

In addition to these benefits, there are more advantages to integrating EDRM to the PLM system:

  • The ability to control access to data that has already been shared
  • The ability to log who, what, when, where and how your data is being used.

These capabilities solve problems greater than collaboration. They can protect obsolete data from being erroneously used. They provide audit capabilities that track where and why data is being used. They can work along with the PLM system to safeguard the integrity of the data.

Best Practices – Policies that Support EDRM

Begin to implement best practices to safeguard your competitive advantage:

  • Distinguish between mandatory compliance and IP protection and discretionary, user driven requirements
  • Centralize security strategy and tightly define policies
  • Establish key management and recovery processes
  • Provides clear understanding and control of who, what, when, and where data is being accessed

So, if you are a company that is leveraging the power of PLM to enable your Product Development processes it is time to consider the next level.  It is time to consider EDRM and protect your investment, future profits, and your intellectual property.

To learn more about EDRM for PLM including best practices your company can undertake now, download   “Protecting your crown jewels in Team Center, NX and Vis Webinar

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