Warming up to PLM

PTC's Windchill shows positive results for collaborative project management

Needham, MA  August 7, 2002  Software solution provider PTC announced the results for several customer collaborative project management initiatives enabled by Windchill ProjectLink, showcasing the tecnology's ability to improve product lifecycle management (PLM).

Customers reported a 15 percent acceleration of time to market, a 70 percent elimination of physical prototypes and a 30 percent reduction of data proliferation. The companies surveyed include Cannondale, Enser, Exostar, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems, Ingersoll Rand, ITT, Playtex, SKF, Sun Microsystems, and TRW.

Windchill ProjectLink provides Web-based workspaces with tools that pull together globally dispersed team members, including project management, a project file repository, workflow, computer-aided design (CAD) integration and visualization, and a meeting center.

The current version of Windchill ProjectLink, which PTC introduced in June 2002, offers resource, budget and cost management; hierarchical projects with status and cost roll-up; a bi-directional integration with Microsoft Project; and workflow automation of project plans.

Jim Heppelmann, PTC executive vice president, software products and chief technology officer, said "Packaged solutions, sharing a common technology platform and addressing specific business needs have been a proven success. Windchill ProjectLink has been designed as such, enabling companies to automate business processes such as New Product Introduction, Six Sigma and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP). Combined with PTC's two-week implementation, this solution provides for a compelling and rapid return on investment (ROI)."