Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Inc. and Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced an integrated Teamcenter® software based PLM content management solution. The new integrated service offering - PLM Driven Content Management – developed for the manufacturing industry sector will help customers to better support technical publications writing in development, service or after-sales business.
The PLM Driven Content Management offering combines Siemens IT Solutions and Services' in-depth content management experience, best practices and implementation services with the commercially-available Teamcenter content and document management solution to help customers capture and organize information for both internal use and external publishing. The new enterprise-wide publishing and content management offering is specifically designed around the product development process. It allows individual companies and entire supply chains to capture information - from the onset of product design all the way through to multi-media updates to publications for commercially available products, such as owner's manuals, service catalogs and repair manuals.
Siemens PLM Software and Siemens IT Solutions and Services are currently working with Daimler AG in Germany to build its publishing framework for automotive technical documentation.
"What makes this offering unique is that it's a content management solution specifically designed within the context of PLM," said Ed Shinouskis, vice president, Siemens IT Solutions and Services. "The offering, built on Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter, the world's most widely used PLM portfolio, creates incredible efficiencies in both the design and the publication processes. It captures each and every step in the lifecycle of the product and automates and archives all of that valuable information for easy retrieval and downstream publishing. It is an invaluable tool for any company involved in product development and content management."
"This solution combines Siemens IT Solutions and Services business and IT expertise and Siemens PLM Software's industry-leading, open enterprise PLM backbone to provide customers with high-value solutions in the field of technical publications and content management," said Eric Sterling, senior vice president, Global Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. "Siemens PLM Software is committed to working with our system integrator partners to help our customers efficiently and cost effectively get more out of their PLM implementation."
Teamcenter content management system synchronizes technical content with core product information for complex publications like parts catalogs, owners' manuals, and service documents. As engineering changes occur, downstream publications can be updated to stay current with the most recent release of the product. However, producing documents requires manual publication design by an independent team of illustrators, technical writers, editors and design consultants and the resulting publications require frequent updating to stay current with engineering changes.
The Teamcenter PLM based solution integrates the efforts of the engineering and documentation teams in a single common environment, allowing authors and engineers to stay in sync during each step in the product development process, by capturing and archiving information on each specification change. It then manages documents and technical publications, created in each stage of the product design lifecycle and publishes it for almost any purpose and in almost any format without recreating it — including 3-D. It even allows the use of existing authoring and editing tools through standard integrations.
The Siemens IT Solutions and Services offering includes the installation and configuration of Teamcenter, the establishment of documentation policy and procedures of the customer, and the migration of legacy systems to the PLM driven content management solution.
The solution will dramatically reduce the time it takes to generate highly complex documents and minimize opportunities for errors because it captures each step in the documentation process once and maintains it as needed. Teamcenter content management can manage multiple languages, control the process of translation and lowers risk considerably by eliminating the need to replicate information among various elements of the development and publishing processes. Furthermore, if a change is made in one element of the publication, it will automatically update that change throughout the entirety of the content. The solution allows splitting large documents into logical segments which enables writers to reuse documentation without re-creation. The core PDM functionality of Teamcenter manages these segments in a logical, configurable structure.
About Siemens IT Solutions and Services
Siemens IT Solutions and Services is an internationally leading provider of IT solutions and services. It covers the entire IT service chain from a single source, from consulting to system integration, right through to the management of IT infrastructures. In addition, Siemens IT Solutions and Services complements the portfolio offerings of the Siemens Sectors with IT solutions. With its comprehensive know-how and industry-specific knowledge, the IT provider creates measurable added value for its customers. Siemens IT Solutions and Services employs more than 35,000 people and posts annual sales of about $6.3 billion, of which more than 75 percent are generated outside of the Siemens Sectors. More information at: www.usa.siemens.com/it-solutions
About Siemens PLM Software
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 63,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
About the Siemens Industry Automation Division
The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of Euro 7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009.