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PLM is a necessity for companies that want to compete based on innovation in the global business environment. A key aspect of delivering innovative products and processes is connecting your own systems and the systems of suppliers to encourage collaboration and data exchange in a secure and scalable environment. To create these connections, companies now require their suppliers and their own IT departments to provide open solutions.
“We support the "Code of Openness" without reservation and we're working closely together with its initiators.”
President and CEO
Siemens PLM Software
“Companies that implement PLM systems need the ability to share and reuse knowledge among commercial, legacy and proprietary systems. They have to deploy technology with a shared infrastructure and a consistent architecture. Open strategies allow them to be innovative within their extended enterprise and realize savings through common processes.”
Siemens PLM Software
Review Siemens PLM Software’s CPO summary statements and see below for more on Siemens PLM Software’s tenets of openness.
PLM solutions require both open business practices and open technology.
Openness has to be ingrained in a company’s culture. Siemens PLM Software has maintained openness as a core value throughout its history. Open companies are approachable and engage with customer and partners as a standard way of doing business. They have an open business model as the foundation of an open strategy. But even open technology is not effective if it is locked behind restrictive legal agreements and business practices. A company must be approachable and engaging with customers and competitors. One example of the Siemens PLM Software commitment to an open culture and open business model is the PLM Components family of products. These products include some of the industry's most widely used component software and development toolkits, as well as industry initiatives that support and promote these open solutions.
Siemens PLM Software believes companies must own and control their data. This is in stark contrast to other PLM vendors who do not publish, and often encrypt, the data their customers put in their systems. This inhibits access, re-use and long-term archiving. An open data model enables system interoperability, resulting in enterprise and value chain connectivity. Siemens PLM Software open data models include:
Siemens PLM Software provides products that are open in architecture, application, components and infrastructure. Open architecture enables integration with other enterprise and legacy systems. Examples include integrating Siemens PLM Software products with customer-specific business systems or industry-specific applications.
Siemens PLM Software’s open applications can be customized with user-friendly programming and customization tools to help companies extend and tailor solution capabilities to their specific needs. Examples include:
A significant number of the world's CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM developers – including many of Siemens PLM Software’s competitors – rely on one or more of the PLM Components to enable their applications' functionality. These open components include Parasolid, D-Cubed, Geolus Serach, PLM Vis, Rulestream and others.
Consistent with our customer-focused model, Siemens PLM Software is involved in or leads Open Communities to drive innovation. Examples include:
Building the PLM system on these tenets creates a best-in-class environment that promotes seamless interoperability and data sharing. Accelerate business growth and innovation with Siemens PLM Software’s Open PLM technology and take advantage of the investments in technology, people, processes and infrastructure that are already providing competitive advantage. Openness is the key to allowing companies to choose the best application to meet their needs and compete in the global business environment.
The JT Community had a successful 2014 conference with industry experts from 11 countries discussing Data Freedom best practices. Presentation material is now available for download.
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