Since the 1980s, product lifecycle management (PLM) has allowed organizations to more effectively plan, design, manufacture and manage their products. PLM provides a centralized database of product information and the tools to use it, and by doing so it improves efficiency and decreases time to market. New approaches to software deployment, such as the cloud, can help PLM shine even brighter. First a buzzword and now a seeming necessity, the cloud has served an integral part in modern consumer and professional software alike. Legacy systems of all sorts are striving to move to the cloud to obtain the flexibility and convenience of an online solution.