Boston Hub for PLM Software

When we think about high-tech, our minds naturally wonder to Silicon Valley. But in the 1950s through to the 80s, Route 128 in Greater Boston was the technology hotspot, with companies like Sun Microsystems, EMC Corporation and Raytheon calling it home.

Today, Route 128 is the center for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software, technology that manages the entire product lifecycle from conception to market and beyond.

Virtually every global player in the industry, from Germany’s Siemens AG and SAP AG, to California’s Oracle Corp. and Autodesk Inc., to home-grown PTC of Needham, is clustered around the loop once known as ‘‘America’s Technology Highway.’’ There are so many that one consultant suggested a new nickname for 128: ‘‘The PLM Highway.’’

Today, just about every product that consumers touch — the cars they drive, the planes they fly in, the pots and pans they cook with — is likely to have been created with software developed in the area surrounding Route 128.

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Image: Boston Skyline Harbor Drive by Bryan on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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