Electronic Data Systems is integrating its product lifecycle management software with its procurement management software.
By integrating the eBreviate eSourcing 5.0i procurement management software into the Teamcenter PLM platform, EDS will let purchasing employees gain an early understanding of their company's product design process, such as product specifications and material requirements.
EDS said that inking the engineering and procurement teams early in the product design process can lead to better purchasing decisions that can reduce costs, improve product quality and accelerate manufacturing, which ultimately can lead to more sales and wider profits.
EDS expected to ship the integrated product suite in the third quarter. Pricing informationwas not immediately available.
This initiative involves the collaboration of two EDS units: the PLM division, which is in charge of Teamcenter, and AT Kearney, the company's consulting division, which manages the eBreviate software.