PTC Joins Microsoft's Product Development Program
PTC (the Product Development Company) today announced that it has joined Microsoft’s Program for Collaborative Product Development (CPD). In connection with the program, PTC intends to deliver integrated solutions for the product lifecycle management (PLM) market.
“The CPD program is designed to help companies optimize their existing technology investments while enabling enhanced integration, communication and collaboration throughout the product development lifecycle,” said Bill Gerould, discrete manufacturing industry manager, Microsoft.
PTC currently supports the Microsoft platform with its PLM solutions. PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER family of design solutions are certified, ‘designed for Windows 2000/XP.’
PTC’s Windchill family of collaboration and data management solutions, a Web-based solution suite, runs on Microsoft’s IIS, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000/XP, and Internet Explorer.
Windchill integrates with desktop productivity applications including the Microsoft Office suite and Microsoft Project with the simplicity of drag and drop interoperability. The integration between Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill is possible by embedding Microsoft’s Internet Explorer technology.
PTC is working to further extend its integral PLM solutions by leveraging the Microsoft platform and more tightly integrating with Microsoft’s collaboration technologies including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office Live Meeting, and Windows SharePoint Services.
“Our participation in the CPD program formalizes our existing support of Microsoft technologies, and, as we align our solutions more tightly, will enable us to provide our customers with additional flexibility in choosing a total PLM solution. In fact, the operation of our integral PLM products on a Microsoft stack will enhance the simplicity and reduce the cost of ownership of the full solution.” said James Heppelmann, executive vice president and chief product officer, PTC.
Microsoft’s CPD program was launched in October 2004 to help manufacturers improve their ability to collaborate on product development and design data — within and outside of the organization — on a global scale.