​Simplify PLM Data Migration with OpenPDM Migrate

Whether you​ choose a big bang or an incremental PLM data migration, OpenPDM Migrate will move your data with ease.

PLM ​Migration

Are You Considering a PLM Migration?

​​Migrating and replacing existing CAD and ​part structures is a challenge. You need the right strategy and know-how for a successful migration. Without an effective strategy, moving large amounts of design data becomes increasingly difficult​. Defining the best strategy, such as 'big bang' or 'incremental' migration, along with leveraging the right toolset, will ultimately enable a smooth and successful migration. To get a full understanding of your PLM migration, you need to make sure that you ask the right questions.

From a systems architecture view:

  • ​Are you replacing or re-aligning your current PLM system?
  • Will a brand new target system be set up or are you migrating to an existing system?
  • What interfaces to other systems will you need?

From an organizational view:

  • ​What are the deadlines and timeframes for your migration?
  • ​Do you have the right internal and/or external resources?
  • Will this be completed in-house or will you hire someone?
  • What is your budget?

From a process view:

  • Which processes are you implementing?
  • Which cross-system processes are you implementing?
  • Which data are you sharing between old and new systems?

From a data view:

  • ​What data are you providing?  How much data are you providing?
  • ​What is the quality of your meta data and CAD data?
  • ​​Are you migrating the whole history? What is the quality of historical data?
  • ​​How will you transform old data to fit new processes?

OpenPDM Migrates Product data


​What is the ​best PLM migration strategy?

​Each use case is different and some cases may benefit from a 'one time' migration instead of an incremental migration. But what benefits do we see with each?

Extract, Transform, Load

​ETL (Etract, Transform, Load)

One-time migrations, aka 'Big Bang’ or bulk migrations, give you the ability to export data from the source system to a staging database (extract). Data is then mapped to the target system format and any data issues are fixed (transform). Once completed, the entire staging database is imported to the production system.

Incremental migrations allow more complex enterprises to transition from one PLM to another.  ​Migration does not need to happen all at once. Instead, it moves at a pace of your choosing. Users can move to the new system with a new project or remain on the old system until the completion of the existing work.  Data ownership is transferred from the old system to the new system and information is synched from the owning system based on the system of record.



​Regardless of your chosen strategy, the route to a successful migration includes careful project planning, defined requirements, and identification of the correct deliverables and tasks. Given the considerable complexity of migrations, what tools are best suited to help migrate your data?

OpenPDM Migrate is Your ​Tool for PLM Migration

Whether your chosen method of PLM migration is one time, staged or incremental, you need a ​tool that increases the likelihood of success. When you replace a PLM system, you want to ensure:

  • ​Project success
  • Manageable data migration
  • A high level of performance for future viability
  • Optimal process monitoring
  • Individualized solutions
  • That anything and everything can be migrated
  • A high level of economic efficiency.

​Why OpenPDM Migrate? 

​OpenPDM Migrate allows PLM data from multiple systems and data sources to be fully consolidated. Individual parts, bill of materials (BOMs) and complex product structures can be imported in full to the new PLM system. ​

OpenPDM Migrate is your tool to successfully migrate product data through a variety of strategies. OpenPDM Migrate enables you to:

  • Analyze source data (volume, type, etc.)
  • Migrate structured data with flexibility (project, product, etc.)
  • View a high level of performance and error tolerances from packing and parallelization
  • Transfer CAD models and structures
  • Leverage bi-directional synchronization for incremental migration strategy
  • Migrate data from multiple data sources (systems and files)
  • Monitor your processes using migration cockpit
  • Optional CAD Conversion

​Customer Testimonial

Walterscheid Powertrain Group approached ​PROSTEP in January of 2018 to request a quote for migrating PDM data from one of our Windchill servers to another, in an effort to consolidate a legacy system with our higher usage production system. 

Each of our two Windchill configurations was set up differently and hosted overseas in Europe, with different lifecycle states, revision schemes, classification systems, attribute types, etc., so our migration needs were not quite as simple as we originally thought it might be.

Based on the direction that our company was taking, our project scope changed directions and changed in size multiple times through the early stages of our communication with ​PROSTEP. ​PROSTEP worked with us until we had finally resolved exactly what we wanted to do and were able to provide us a quote for the migration by early July 2018. 

The quote met our timing requirements to line up with our company’s budget discussions and approval process. The quote also met our cost expectations. We kicked off the project with a purchase order in August 2018 and ​PROSTEP worked closely with us and our IT team in Europe to map out exactly what and how we wanted to move our data. They helped us fine tune our scope, which we found fluctuating on almost a weekly basis. They provided a very detailed project plan and requirements document, that we agreed to in October 2018. At this point in time, ​PROSTEP was really able to start the project implementation. 

PROSTEP worked very closely with our international team to define test cases and run through the migration of test data samples until the migrated data was performing exactly as we needed it to. Once we had completed initial testing to our satisfaction, ​PROSTEP ran through two migration rehearsals using a sample set and complete set of data, and provided remediation after each migration.

​Our production migration was completed at the end of March 2019, in line with our strict project deadline. In the end, we had trouble with some legacy data that had previously been migrated from another system more than twenty years prior, but we had an extremely low error rate through the migration rehearsals and ultimately through the production migration. We were very happy with the migration results and would call the project a big success.

Ultimately PROSTEP's most valuable strength for us was keeping our project on a strict schedule and advising us any time our internal delays posed any risk to delay the project. The proposed project timeline was realistic, reasonable, and ultimately achieved to within a week of the original outlined schedule.”

-Kirk Jones, Product Engineering Supervisor

Waltersheid Powertrain Group

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​Use Case

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Migration of all business domains to a common Teamcenter Platform including CAD to NX Translation

How did PROSTEP help?

  • Design migration strategy
  • Provide and configure a migration toolkit based on OpenPDM Migration
  • Execute CAD-translation
  • Execute PDF-migration

Overall results:

  • ​Helped reduce system landscape
  • Enabled end-to-end engineering process in Teamcenter between all business domains
  • Eliminated error prone data exchange between legacy systems


Best Practices in PLM Migrations

OpenPDM Migrate is the migration framework built on PROSTEP's OpenPDM solution. OpenPDM is a vendor neutral solution, connecting product data to streamline your product development processes. With OpenPDM, you will be able to integrate and migrate product data through a variety of systems. PROSTEP’s integration and migration connectors enable you to easily manage your product data with both out-of-the-box and customized solutions for your use case. OpenPDM features:

  • CAx Integration/Migration
  • SDM/ERP Integration/Migration
  • PDM/PLM Integration/Migration
  • OSLC, Web Services, STEP, XML and other Integration/Migration solutions

​Download the OpenPDM Data Sheet

​Integration and Migration Solutions from PROSTEP

OpenPDM - PLM Integration and Migration

OpenPDM Connectors Enable Integration, Migration and Collaboration with Your Environment

OpenPDM Connectors for Integration, Migration and Collaboration




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​Best Practices in Engineering Migrations

​Best Practices in Engineering Migrations - Webinar Slides

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