Teaming Up on PLM
Microsoft, Dassault join forces on product lifecycle management.For years, proponents of PLM said it would one day become pervasive throughout enterprises, enabling companies to better share product information across internal departments and along the supply chains. The challenge then for software developers was to enable users to collaborate using three-dimensional design documents and their associated information from the start of product design and to carry them through the product life cycleacross different platforms. The theory was that with the ability to share information early and across firewalls, manufacturers would be able to decrease product development and time-to-market cycles, a key indicator for squeezing savings out of increasingly slim margins.
While much of this has occurred, two issues have handicapped product lifecycle managements widespread acceptance: the lack of a platform from which information can be shared globally and dueling 3-D standards that have split support between the two largest PLM developers, Dassault Systemes S.A. and UGS Corp.