We all know consumers are enthralled with the Apple iPad, but over the last few months, scores of enterprise software vendors have come out with mobile variations of their products that allow customers to take advantage of the widely sought-after tablet platform. It was only a matter of time before PLM got into the mix. Well, veteran player Siemens PLM Software is leading that charge with today’s announcement of a new Teamcenter Mobility device app that lets users instantly access product development data managed by the platform as long as they have access to WiFi or mobile broadband.
With the Teamcenter Mobility App, initially available on the iPad (and we have to infer from the announcement, most likely to be available on other tablet and smart phone platforms, i.e., Android), users across the product value chain can access key data in the right place and within the proper context, further accelerating companies’ ability to make fast and accurate design decisions throughout a product’s lifecycle. Siemens PLM Software officials underscored the importance of offering such a mobility solution as the requirement for securely delivering Teamcenter-managed product data to more users in oftentimes unconventional locations increases. Mobile executives are one such target audience as they may need access to data while traveling or at remote locations. Field personnel working inside a partially assembled airplane fuselage or walking the shop floor of an assembly line are another example of where the Teamcenter Mobility solution can deliver benefit.
In prepared remarks surrounding the announcement, Siemens PLM Software President Chuck Grindstaff called Teamcenter Mobility “an exciting and significant evolutionary step in delivering the HD-PLM vision we announced last summer.” Teamcenter Mobility is available immediately.
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