Web Services Enable Enterprise Systems to Easily Access CAD Design Data
CAD data management products serve as the system of record for engineering teams' CAD design data. Such systems have traditionally been closed, accessible only through proprietary APIs. This has made the systems expensive both to implement and to maintain. It has also contributed to the escalating problem of software systems becoming information silos.
Enabling the enterprise to become better connected is a key goal in IT strategy today. For some enterprises, this means focusing specifically on developing a better product lifecycle management (PLM) strategy. For others, it means simply giving all departments open, up-to-date access to the information they need for making sound business decisions. In both cases, system integration is key.
CoCreate has been a leader in leveraging Web services as a route to providing open systems, effective integration, and information sharing across the enterprise. The incorporation of Systinet Web services enablement into Model Manager helps create a service-oriented architecture (SOA). In turn, an SOA makes it possible for applications to communicate as business services on a network. The result is a network of loosely coupled applications and systems that are widely shared and available for use on demand.
"All too often, CAD lock-in with proprietary databases isolates design and engineering," said Ken Versprille, PLM Research Director of CPD Associates. "A full PLM framework must influence and exploit the value of design information across all domains found in a product development enterprise. Open access to CAD design data and constraints is a must in order to communicate effectively with enterprise-wide process control applications including requirements management, workflow, change management, ERP, and supply chain management."
The Systinet Server for Java exposes Model Manager's Web services to other enterprise systems such as ERP or PLM to make the data in Model Manager openly available for use in downstream processes. Enterprises can now harness Model Manager's power as the system of record for CAD design data while also giving other departments open access to the most current design data.
"The fact that nearly half of all North American firms store content in more than five repositories underscores the need for a better-connected enterprise. CoCreate's commitment to Web services and an open CAD environment made our incorporation of Systinet technology a natural fit," said William M. Gascoigne, CoCreate CEO. "We're pleased to bring our Model Manager customers a new level of openness, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness for their design systems."
Systinet provides the leading foundation for SOA governance and lifecycle management. Founded in 2000, Systinet's award-winning, proven, and standards-based products enable IT organizations to rapidly leverage existing technology investments, provide interoperability between heterogeneous systems, and better align business processes with IT. Customers receive the benefits of a simpler, faster, standards-based way to dramatically improve IT responsiveness and technology asset reuse, while maximizing the ROI for SOA. Systinet's customer base of more than 150 Global 2000 clients includes Amazon.com, BMC Software, Interwoven, JP Morgan, Motorola, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and SAIC. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Systinet is a privately held company with more than 100 employees.
CoCreate develops 3D CAD and collaboration software for manufacturers and their project teams who need work done today, not tomorrow.
Our mechanical CAD product, Designer Modeling, is for designers who need freedom to create and change 3D designs without misunderstandings or delay. Model Manager, a data management product, is for teams who can't afford to work on the wrong revision of a 3D CAD model or 2D drawing when creating assemblies. OneSpace.net collaboration software is for project teams who are overwhelmed by the complexity of a design process that stretches across sites, contractors, or outsourced teams.
We help teams design products, manage CAD data, and share ideas so they can reach their time-to-market goals.
CoCreate can be found in more than 30 countries and on the Web at http://www.cocreate.com/.
CoCreate is a trademark of CoCreate Software GmbH & Co. KG.
CONTACT: Todd Black, CoCreate Software, Inc. North America,
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Thomas Roser, CoCreate Software GmbH & Co. KG, Europe, +49-7031-951-2208,
Web site: http://www.cocreate.com/