Exostar Renews Partnership with PTC, Expands Windchill Deployment

Aerospace and defense collaboration network looks to fuel distributed product development

Aerospace and defense collaboration network looks to fuel distributed product development

Needham, MA — September 16, 2005 — Aerospace industry exchange Exostar has renewed its relationship with product development solution provider PTC, expanding its deployment of Windchill ProjectLink to 5,000 licenses.

Originally built for the complex $400 billion global aerospace and defense industry, Exostar's customers include BAE SYSTEMS, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce. Exostar said it enables secure global collaboration across business and supply networks for manufacturers, government agencies, and aerospace and defense organizations.

The strategic partnership between PTC and Exostar includes both companies coordinating efforts in research and development, marketing, education services, consulting services and sales. "Together, PTC and Exostar have helped set the standard for product development collaboration in the aerospace and defense industry," PTC said in announcing the renewed relationship.

Exostar initially selected PTC Windchill in 2001 as the basis for its online collaboration network. To date almost 350 companies have adopted Exostar's ForumPass solution, running on PTC Windchill ProjectLink, and more than 4,000 users per month — comprising OEMs and their suppliers — are working together in a real-time, shared collaboration environment.

Just recently, BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, and Rolls-Royce increased their subscription commitments to ForumPass. Diverse programs, including the 787 Dreamliner as well as military submarine and fighter aircraft projects, are using the collaboration capabilities offered by Windchill-based ForumPass from Exostar, according to PTC.

"ForumPass, powered by Windchill, is the ideal collaboration solution for aerospace and defense companies who require a highly secure solution that is also flexible enough to support process improvements and operate across company and geographic boundaries," said Bill Angeloni, CEO of Exostar. "We have seen a number of customers report significant benefits such as reduced time-to-market, improved operational efficiency, reduced intellectual property risk and lower development cost."

The globalization of product development and expansion of collaborative supply networks require a high degree of security in processing the sensitive product information characteristic of aerospace and defense programs. PTC said that Exostar's ForumPass addresses the security challenge by offering secure product development collaboration across multiple corporate entities using a two-factor authentication, end-to-end data encryption and additional security features.

In addition, PTC said that the solution protects sensitive national security information, including enabling ITAR compliance for export controlled information, while allowing efficient information sharing across national boundaries and standardizing collaboration processes.

"PTC and Exostar are breaking down organizational and technological barriers to collaborative business initiatives in the aerospace and defense industry," said C. Richard Harrison, president and CEO of PTC. "As we continue to work together, we are focused on new levels of capability, security and ease of use for the thousands of users of Exostar's ForumPass solution."

Additional Articles of Interest

— Eugene McCabe, architect of Sun Microsystems' Customer Fulfillment in Transit process, discusses the challenges and rewards of taking links out of the company's supply chain in "Anatomy of the 'Zero Touch' Supply Chain," in the August/September 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— Is it possible to preemptively address the business risks associated with product quality? One industry executive thinks so. Read more in "The Quality Risk," the Executive Memo column in the August/September 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— Learning the right things to say to your colleagues and your customers can help you win big for the Supply Chain. Read more in "The Price of Talk," the Final Thoughts column in the August/September 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

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