Autodesk, Siemens ink interoperability agreement

Autodesk and Siemens have signed a software interoperability agreement designed to reduce manufacturers’ costs and streamline data sharing

The above image is for illustrative purposes only.
The above image is for illustrative purposes only.

Autodesk and Siemens have signed an agreement designed to increase software interoperability.

The joint strategy has been designed to reduce manufacturers’ costs associated with incompatibility amongst product development software applications, and to avoid potential data integrity problems.

Under the terms of the agreement, the firms’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software businesses will take steps to improve interoperability between their respective offerings.

The deal brings together two of the industry’s largest computer-aided design (CAD) specialists with the common goal of streamlining data sharing and lowering costs for organisations that operate multi-CAD environments.

Commenting on the agreement, Lisa Campbell, vice president of manufacturing strategy and marketing at Autodesk, said: “Interoperability is a major challenge for customers across the manufacturing industry, and Autodesk has been working diligently to create an increasingly open environment throughout our technology platforms.

“We understand that our customers use a mix of products in their workflow and providing them with the flexibility they need to get their jobs done is our top priority,” she added.

The interoperability agreement between Autodesk and Siemens is intended to decrease the overall effort and costs required to support operating environments in which multiple CAD programmes are used. The two parties will share a toolkit technology and exchange end-user software applications in a bid to build and market interoperable products.

Dr Stefan Jockusch, vice president for strategy at Siemens PLM Software, said: “Incompatibility among various CAD systems has been an ongoing issue that adversely affects manufacturers worldwide, and can add to the cost of products from cars and airplanes to smart phones and golf clubs.

“Siemens has been at the forefront in helping to resolve this incompatibility issue with a wide variety of open software offerings that significantly enhance interoperability.

“This partnership is another positive and important step in our drive to promote openness and interoperability and to help reduce costs for the global manufacturing industry by facilitating collaboration throughout their extended enterprises,” Jockusch concluded.

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