Without a doubt, finishing a project is one of the hardest parts of the creative process. Endless books, detailing different techniques, have been published in the vain attempt to help processes move to completion. But electronic file sharing and digital workspaces are helping people innovate.
Take the Capgemini Group subsidiary Sogeti High Tech. It has focused on helping other companies organize and process information since the the IT market was born. But new partnerships are forming to address the high-collaboration, on-the-go project management needs of today's mobile world. Last month, Sogeti agreed to use applications from Dassault Systemes' popular 3DExperience CAD design and system analysis package.
The e-Bee electric vehicle is designed to be customizable for each user. Profiles are stored locally, and changes are accessible in the vehicles many touchscreens.
Sogeti offers consulting services for the aerospace, defense, energy, transportation, and mobility industries. In the next few months, it will convert the data of more than 150 products to work with the Catia, Enovia, and Simulia, applications in the 3DExperience platform. Sogeti CIO Laurent Rouchouse said in a press release that this new platform offers more capabilities, openness, and innovative collaboration functionalities that will help Sogeti employees and customers at 250 international workstations.
Coordinating tasks among developers, consultants, customers, and administrators is a daunting task, but Sogeti is so confident in Dassault's tools that it will be the first service company to make such a monumental shift.
Visteon Corp. also saw what the 3DExperience platform could do when the company was designing its electric vehicle, the e-Bee. From the beginning, the main goal was to revamp the creation process by incorporating input from strategic customers, key suppliers, and business partners simultaneously. Using Dassault Systemes' 3DSwYm social cloud application, e-Bee developers could share evolving design ideas and simulation results easily without added cost or special downloads or hardware.
The 3DExperience platform was used to design the e-Bee's exterior and interior design and its electronic systems and to model its climate control. Using 3DSwYm's "experience and demonstrate" capabilities, Visteon developers all over the world could communicate as if they were in a regular meeting, and they received feedback from customers, partners, and suppliers in seconds, not weeks. All this was done while lowering prototyping costs and improving efficiency and innovation.
The steps by which a project turns from ideas to realities are changing. Using the tools only the digital world can offer, people from many enterprises -- engineering and non-engineering -- are being included in projects that were mostly exclusive in decades past. Such collaborations hold much more potential than enticing the consumer, but we are just scratching the surface of development structures in the cloud.