The second leg of HD PLM is the idea of a future-proof architecture, which Lewis explained as being open enough to support best-in-class tools, whether they are Siemens tools or homegrown and legacy applications. The third piece of HD PLM is a high-definition user experience that is designed for the unique requirements of the individual and their role. Active Workspace, Lewis said, supports all three pillars of Siemens PLM Software's HD PLM vision.
The idea for Active Workspace was spawned from the fact that there is increasing complexity surrounding product development across the board and across industry segments. The other reality is that no one PLM system holds all product-related data, meaning that development teams are often moving between siloed systems and data sources, with no real guidelines or roadmap to where the data they need to effectively make decisions resides.
Touting its groundbreaking user interface, Lewis said Active Workspace functions as an easy-to-navigate portal for helping to not only find product-related data, but to collaborate with peers using familiar capabilities like instant messaging and Teamcenter's own screen-sharing capabilities.
All of these data sources have great information, but it's very difficult to make all the information actionable. We see development efforts taking a long time because users have to go to a variety of data sources to make decisions, or they don't have access to some systems where critical data resides, or they don't tap into a system because they need to get the job done as fast as they can. All of this risks profitability and the timing of a program. We're trying to provide all the information [users] need to make good decisions in one place so they don't miss out on things that are important to getting the job done.