Much like its PLM competitors, Siemens PLM Software has put some muscle into improving the technical documentation aspect of Teamcenter. It has enhanced the integration among the various modules so product documentation can be created in parallel with the design process. Engineering teams can rest assured that changes to the design are automatically reflected, so technical documentation can evolve accordingly.
There are also new configuration-driven documentation features for reusing common components of text, graphics, and meta data to support the multiple options and variants that characterize most product portfolios.
Improved integration with Cortona3D's Rapid Author applications lets users create documents with illustrations that remain linked to the design data. That way, any changes are rippled through to documentation.
The last feature of Teamcenter 9 that we'll call out is the new service scheduling and execution functionality, which extends the core Service Lifecycle Management vision. Johnson called this another example of work that has typically been separate and performed outside of core PLM, making it difficult to track whether a service is compliant with published procedures. The module is important in sectors such as aerospace or industrial machinery, where heavy maintenance is a core aspect of the product. The module allows companies to control costs more effectively by defining and scheduling service orders and tasks. Making this functionality a core part of Teamcenter helps service personnel maintain an accurate history of assets and service records. They can also work through Teamcenter to deliver feedback back to engineers -- "closing the loop," so to speak, in product development.
Johnson also said Siemens PLM Software made a significant investment in quality and performance for the new release, expanding its automated testing capabilities and conducting more widespread beta testing with users. "As enterprise software gets bigger, more robust, and covers more IT platforms, there's a lot of issues that need to be ironed out and fixed."