In PLM, there is no single vendor that can meet all of the requirements, and the market is still immature, so almost every product can be the right solution provided a certain set of requirements. The Catch 22 for both buyers and vendors is to pinpoint the right opportunity in this ongoing 'dating game'.
ThetisPro PDMware Webtrinsix IDe IDWeb Approach TEC uses E-BestMatch to rank each vendor's ability to meet the functional and technical requirements outlined in the RFI. The first step in ranking the vendors is to organize the 1,500 RFI items into a hierarchical tree known as a Decision Hierarchy. Figure 2 illustrates the high-level criteria in the Decision Hierarchy for the PLM Knowledge Base. Figure 2 Within each of these high level groups (i.e. Product Data Management, Portfolio Management, etc.) are