Diverse groups have been discussing PIM from the perspective of data synchronization and syndication, product lifecycle management (PLM), and enterprise publishing. Each of these product categories includes the management of product information, but each uses product information for a different operational role.
PLM systems lack a PIM system's ability for secure, trusted synchronization of information to data pools like UCCnet. Lastly, enterprise publishing's goal is to reduce costs to create and speed deployment of all the product-related information, including user manuals, sales collateral, and web sites, that make up the complete product offering. Enterprise publishing is a fascinating topic, but let's save it as a topic for future articles. Origins and Evolution PIM and PLM have different origins and were