Once upon a time companies didn’t use SaaS (cloud) software. I remember first time I said “cloud” world more than a decade ago during one of the meetings. It sounded completely crazy and nobody really understood what does it mean. And then changes started to happen. Gradually and then suddenly, companies realized the power of cloud computing, elasticity and new ways of delivery software. Actually, the best way to call it was to call it “No software”. This is how Salesforce.com called it back in 1999.
PLM vendors were late to discover cloud technologies and to bring cloud to manufacturing companies. Even pioneers such BOM.COM introduced it almost at the same time as Salesforce, the adoption was very limited.