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The announcements are part of a new broad initiative by PTC called Product First.
Under the new plan, PTC will roll out an architecture designed to encompass everything from product planning to support and service for manufacturers
By embedding Groove Networks within its products, PTC will provide secure, cross-company person-to-person interaction within its existing collaborative applications. The real-time capabilities of Groove allow product engineers to participate in virtual brainstorming, collaborative authoring and product design reviews with customers, partners and suppliers.
PTC has more than 33,000 product-design customers worldwide, and time to market is a critical success factor for each of them, said Ray Ozzie, chief executive of Groove Networks.
"As we've worked together, we've learned that the design process for PTC's customers is becoming increasingly decentralised, with a greater degree of outsourcing to component suppliers," Ozzie said. "By incorporating the secure, decentralised collaboration capabilities of Groove within its solutions, PTC is reducing that cost of coordination and further helping its customers maintain competitive advantage through superior product design."
PTC will use Tibco's integration platform to link its product development solutions with enterprise solutions. The joint solution optimises and automates business processes by making possible two-way communication between PTC's Windchill technology and other business systems, according to PTC.