To help engineering organizations link their simulation and optimization data and workflows to their enterprise product information backbone, the latest release of ESTECO’s Enterprise Suite features new plug-in connectors in SOMO 1.6 that provide direct integration with PLM systems. First unveiled in 2013, ESTECO Enterprise Suite combines the capabilities of the modeFRONTIER multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) platform with SOMO, ESTECO’s distributed execution framework for enterprise-level collaborative design process management.
The new SOMO plug-in connectors use the PROSTEP OpenPDM technology to enable design teams focused on simulation and optimization to connect with external PLM and PDM repositories and databases such as Siemens Teamcenter and PTC Windchill. This lets SOMO users easily transfer projects to and from SOMO and PLM repositories, ESTECO says, with consistency of simulation data links ensured throughout the entire information flow, including when working at the desktop level. Continue reading →
Siemens PLM’s agreement to acquire Polarion, a prominent provider of ALM (application lifecycle management) technology, will give the PLM vendor one of the last major pieces needed to complete what CEO Chuck Grindstaff calls its “systems-driven product development environment.” Over the past decade-plus, embedded software has become a major component of automobiles, consumer goods, medical devices, commercial aircraft, defense systems and countless other manufactured products, responsible for more and more of their performance, differentiation and customer appeal. ALM enables manufacturers to continuously integrate, verify and validate this growing software content.
With the increasingly central role of software in manufactured goods, the demarcation between product development and software development has become blurred. However, the digital toolsets that support product design and development have struggled to keep pace. PLM and ALM tools evolved independently, with each addressing different issues, work processes and engineering cultures. PLM focused on mechanical and electrical components, while ALM focused on software. Continue reading →
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