With everyone looking for a piece of the SharePoint 2010 action, Massachusetts-based PTC (news, site) has just extended its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software by building four new solutions on the business collaboration platform.
As one of the companies that was originally invited to take part in the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program for SharePoint 2010, the company has been looking at ways of extending its own reach with SharePoint extensions. As a result it has released new solutions linking Windchill -- its flagship PLM product -- and SharePoint.
Windchill is content and process management software that enables companies to streamline the development of products with a specific focus on ‘time-to-market’. Targeting the industrial, hi-tech, defense and medical device industries amongst others, PTC provides collaborative software that enables global enterprises to communicate and work across different geographies.
And Windchill is a core element of its software stable. As process management software it gives users the ability to share content and collaborate on it through a simple web browser. Some of its features include:
- Content and product information stored in single location
- Cross-enterprise production outlines and collaboration possibilities
- Lifecycle process support with automation of repetitive task
SharePoint 2010 And PTC
With the new SharePoint 2010 extensions, the ability to collaborate and speed up those processes will improve both Windchill and SharePoint 2010’s capabilities. There are four different new solutions in all.
With configurable stage and gate processes along with scorecards that aggregate project management measurements, PPM Link extends SharePoint 2010’s project management capabilities. It also includes product-related metrics that give users better insight into product performance.
Windchill Web Parts
Web parts give a single view from SharePoint 2010 of all product-related information as well enable users to search and view data and content from other applications including enterprise resource planning and finance applications. It also extends the assignment and executive reporting features.
With SocialLink, PTC has extended Windchill by adding SharePoint 2010’s social computing abilities. This means that users of any of PTC’s products will be able to use SharePoint 2010 content tagging and filtering. Activity feeds will share necessary information to all the different product communities, and even to external communities that are linked by their interest in a particular product on development. Features here include:
- Intelligent extraction and sharing of content on aspects of product development to relevant communities
- Expertise identification by constant profile updates based on Windchill use
- Easy access to all PTC solutions through a familiar, user-friendly tool bar
Comes with CAD vaulting, sharing and visualization as well as data reuse and mark-up while new data loading tools enable migration of content from PTC’s engineering data management solution Pro/INTRALINK 3.x into Windchill.
These are the first PLM solutions built around SharePoint 2010 with PTC citing one of the principal advantages as the ability of all level of product developers to work and collaborate in a familiar environment.