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PTC Stakes Windchill on Microsoft SharePoint 2010

PTC Stakes Windchill on Microsoft SharePoint 2010

PTC extended its support for Microsoft's SharePoint 2010 with new additions to the Windchill PLM suite that tap the collaboration platform to give all stakeholders - design engineers, program managers and top executives - access to the product development process within a familiar environment.

The new additions, part of PTC's on-going strategy to extend its offerings beyond the core engineering ranks, include Windchill PPMLink, a new program portfolio management solution; Windchill SocialLink, a social computing component; Windchill Web Parts for SharePoint, which consolidates data from Windchill and other systems for easier information access; and Windchill ProductPoint, an enhanced version of the CAD data management tool aimed at small to mid-sized businesses. The additions are slated for release later this year.

WindChill PPMLink, which extends Microsoft's Enterprise Project Management capabilities with configurable stage and gate processes, also features scorecards that aggregate traditional project management measurements with PLM-derived product attributes.

The new Windchill SocialLink follows in the footsteps of Windchill ProductPoint 1.1 and Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0, which introduced social computing capabilities to the PTC user base. This new dedicated solution leverages SharePoint 2010 to deliver social computing capabilities combined with rich knowledge of product data, along with a Web 2.0 user experience that includes content tagging, filtering and activity feeds, the latter a feature that automatically disseminates relevant product knowledge to self-forming groups or "communities of practices" that have shared interests. The module will also support personal profiles, which are continuously updated based on PLM system usage to ensure product data is delivered in a relevant way.

The other two additions to the Windchill family are Windchill Web Parts for SharePoint, which provides a single, consolidated view of product information by letting SharePoint users view, search and edit Windchill data along with content from other core enterprise systems like ERP. The new addition of Windchill ProductPoint delivers CAD vaulting, sharing, visualization, mark-up and data reuse for SMBs typically dealing with a heterogeneous CAD environment. New data loading tools in the latest release will facilitate the migration of content housed in older Pro/INTRALINK 3.X systems.

In related news, PTC announced the latest version of its Mathcad engineering calculation software. Mathcad 15.0 includes more than 25 new functions to aid in conducting Design of Experiments (DoE), more robust reference libraries and integration with third-party tools, including the latest version of Microsoft Excel, as well as existing engineering platforms like PTC Pro/Engineer and Windchill.

PTC Stakes Windchill on Microsoft SharePoint 2010
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