PLM and ERP – Best Friends

Many times I get confused when people start talking about PLM and ERP as competitors. I personally feel that those are best friends rather than competitors. If we look from PLM point of view, its a data source for a product and when we look from ERP point of view its a tool for product planning and manufacturing tool.

Till now, We were using CAD, then PDM and now PLM to manage our product data and its lifecycle. But if we release a product for production, then its manufacturing planning and management is equally important. Now, when we think of friends, they are the people who are always ready to help us with their helping hand. If we think that PLM and ERP need help each other’s helping hand to make a product as a successful and profit making product, then we should think them together as best friends who support each other where they are lagging. What do you think?