Autodesk and Microsoft have formed an alliance to connect engineering data to enterprise re-source planning (ERP) systems. Specifically, Autodesk's engineering data management software will be integrated with Microsoft ERP products. This, the companies say, will remedy the data inconsistencies, poorly controlled engineering change processes, release delays, and manual data re-entry that they say characterize product development today. The target companies that the alliance hopes to serve are small and mid-size companies. The integration point for connecting the data will be Autodesk Vault.