A new life cycle: IBM boosts support for collaborative product development

IBM says it is bolstering its product life-cycle management (PLM) offerings to support the industry’s move toward cross-functional, collaborative product development processes.


IBM says it is bolstering its product life-cycle management (PLM) offerings to support the industry’s move toward cross-functional, collaborative product development processes.
From a product standpoint, IBM will continue to sell and support PLM software from Dassault Systemes . But it will recommend Websphere Process Server —IBM’s business process management engine—as the platform of choice for linking business applications with PLM systems.
In a press release announcing its new PLM initiative, IBM singled out Websphere Process Server’s service-oriented architecture (SOA) as critical to supporting enterprise wide product development processes.
“A traditional PLM environment typically includes anywhere from 20 to 40 applications—from authoring and simulation tools to business applications such as ERP,” the release said. “Today's product development processes also require careful orchestration of mechanical, software, and electrical components into an integrated system often referred to as mechatronics. This orchestration takes place across a supply chain of hundreds of partners and suppliers who require a common platform to make information sharing easy. With Websphere Process Server, companies can build a SOA foundation to help integrate PLM applications with legacy and enterprise business systems.”
IBM also promises to make Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs and wikis easily available to users of the Dassault software to further enhance collaborative processes. For instance, it plans to embed the instant messaging capabilities from the IBM Lotus Sametime program into the user interface of the latest release of the Dassault PLM software suite.
Along these lines, IBM already is experimenting with retailers to use Second Life , a Web-based 3D virtual world, to test new concepts by pushing virtual samples to targeted communities for review.
"Clients can bet on IBM's expertise to help them integrate PLM applications into existing technology investments while ensuring that products will be delivered on time," said Albert Bunshaft, VP, IBM Product Lifecycle Management.
In addition to these product announcements, IBM is promising to help companies boost their expertise in the practice of PLM through the following resources:

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.