CATIA V4 SMARTEAM Integration Debuts

IBM, Dassault Systemes beef up product lifecycle management capabilities in design solution

Paris  August 28, 2002  IBM and Dassault Systemes have released CATIA V4 SMARTEAM Integration (STI), a CATIA V4 solution that integrates the product data management (PDM) capabilities of product lifecycle management solution SMARTEAM.

The two solution providers said CATIA V4 STI extends the product lifecycle management (PLM) capabilities of CATIA V4 by enabling users to manage and share product design data company-wide throughout its entire product life cycle. The integration and management of CATIA V4 data in SMARTEAM permits users to work in a mixed CATIA V4/V5 environment, streamlining the transition toward CATIA V5.

Both CATIA V4 and V5 data are stored in a single, secure database model and can be used for digital mock-up (DMU) reviews.

"This new integration is a great opportunity for existing CATIA V4 customers to further extend into 3D PLM by leveraging SMARTEAM's out-of-the box capabilities to store, manage and share all information related to an engineering project," said Patrick Michel, entry 3D PLM R&D director for Dassault Systemes. "SMARTEAM offers a powerful, cost-effective, and rapid solution for all PDM needs ensuring data integrity, tracking revision history while saving valuable search time."

Herve Rolland, vice president for collaborative solutions at IBM Product Lifecycle Management, said, "At IBM Product Lifecycle Management, our objective is to provide a full portfolio of powerful product design and product data management solutions that respond to the needs of all our customers, both V4 and V5 platform-based."

CATIA V4 STI is simple to install and learn, enabling users with little to no experience in PDM to master the system with minimal training. In addition to CATIA V4 STI, customers can implement the entire SMARTEAM portfolio of business collaboration solutions including workflow capabilities, integration with most legacy systems, and seamless data replication between multiple locations.