Windows Integration Makes Using OpenDXM GlobalX More Efficient

Darmstadt, Germany, October 30, 2015 – PROSTEP has integrated the OpenDXM GlobalX solution for file exchange and managed file transfer (MFT) even deeper into the Windows environment, thereby allowing Office application users outside the engineering department to also easily and securely exchange files. In addition to OpenDXM GlobalX Outlook-Integration, which has been available since 2014, the Darmstadt solution provider has now also integrated its Web-based file exchange platform into Microsoft Windows Explorer. Having the platform integrated into Windows Explorer makes it possible to exchange sensitive information as easily as with Dropbox. However, thanks to the encryption mechanisms and the HTTP-based proxy service offered by OpenDXM GlobalX, this is done with the highest level of security.

Using Windows Explorer-Integration is remarkably easy. Users register WebSpaces for recipients with whom they regularly exchange files in their Windows Explorer in the form of directory folders, drag and drop the files to be exchanged into the folder, and write a brief letter of transmittal. OpenDXM GlobalIX completes all other steps, such as encryption, uploading to the platform, and notification of the recipient(s), in the background.

Users can receive files in their WebSpace in the same way if this also exists as a folder in their Windows Explorer. They do not have to log on again in OpenDXM GlobalX to download and open the files they receive. Users may be required to enter their personal key store to decrypt the files if they were personally encrypted.

With OpenDXM GlobalX Explorer-Integration, PROSTEP has included another front end to add to the many possible uses for its MFT solution. This is mainly of interest for users outside the engineering department who are accustomed to working in the Windows folder structure. They can now initiate file exchange directly from their folders and find files they have received there as well. Alternatively, OpenDXM GlobalX offers the option of schedule file exchange via the Outlook e-mail program or the ‘Send To’ function.

 “Our aim is to provide file exchange functions always in the users’ preferred working environment so that they can use it as easily and intensely as possible,” says Udo Hering, Head of Product Management at PROSTEP. “By having OpenDXM GlobalX integrated into the Windows environment, companies can now consolidate their many different file exchange tools and create an enterprise solution for all user groups.”


PROSTEP AG is recognized as the leading PLM integration specialist in the area of product data integration. The company offers customers from the aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding and mechanical engineering industries – including the Airbus Group, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler –  integration solutions for CAD, PDM and supplier communication, thus making e-engineering a reality.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 250 in Germany and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wolfsburg, as well as in Birmingham, Michigan (USA).

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