IBM and Dassault integrate middleware and PLM products to boost On Demand initiative

Long-time business partners IBM and Dassault Systemes have agreed to integrate their flagship middleware and product lifecycle...

Long-time business partners IBM and Dassault Systemes have agreed to integrate their flagship middleware and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions.

Officials from both companies believe the move will result in better workplaces compliant with IBM’s On Demand initiative for delivering compute resources wherever and whenever  they are needed.
The aim is to help simplify integration of the client PLM client systems with legacy systems and other business applications, creating workplaces where non-engineers can access any product information in real time.

Both companies will integrate IBM products further, including WebSphere with Dassault's suite of product development and data management applications such as Catia, Delmia, and SmartTeam.

"We see the alignment of this technology as more directly addressing our manufacturing clients needs to have a streamlined, integrated, and cost-effective IT platform that can result in being able to share and manage product information  more easily and help to stimulate product innovation," said Bill Reedy, vice president of IBM's Business Development Software Group.

The integration will be phased in gradually and beginning with V5R13 of Dassault’s Enovia PLM offering.

With PLM integration services, customers using web services running on WebSphere will allow those web services to be used by client organisations to integrate Enovia applications with their other systems and applications through EAI-based middleware including WebSphere Business Integration.

Another advantage is that the major components of the Enovia family can use WebSphere Application Server to make it easier to enhance the deployability, availability, and scalability of the applications.

Officials said integrating Lotus Sametime capabilities within the Dassault Catia and Enovia DMU suites of applications can create peer-to-peer and extended real-time collaboration and review capabilities.

The SmartTeam-WebSphere integration will make it easier for corporate users to upgrade to a larger WebSphere business integration platform as the technical demands of the business grow, the officials added.

Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld

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