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                                             Customer Solution Case Study




                                             Product Lifecycle Management Solution
                                             Increases Productivity with Familiar Interface



Partner: Siemens PLM Software
                                             ―We’re continuing to see rapid global adoption largely
Web Site: www.siemens.com/plm                because of our competitive advantage in uniting that
Partner Size: 8,000 employees
Country or Region: United States
                                             familiar Office user interface with Teamcenter
Industry: Professional services              functionality.‖
Partner Profile                              Bill Boswell, Senior Director, Teamcenter Product Marketing, Siemens PLM Software
Plano, Texas–based Siemens PLM
Software—a business unit of the Siemens      Siemens PLM Software offers Teamcenter, a product lifecycle
Industry Automation Division—is a leading
global provider of product lifecycle
                                             management (PLM) solution that customers use for global
management software and services.            collaboration during product development and launch. The
Software and Services
                                             company opted to integrate Teamcenter with Microsoft® Office
 Microsoft Office                           programs to extend the power of PLM to departments throughout
  − Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  − Microsoft Office SharePoint Server
                                             the enterprise for faster overall product development. Users also
     2007                                    can take advantage of the familiar interface for increased
  − Microsoft Office Communications
     Server 2007
                                             productivity.

                                             Business Needs                                     new offerings, companies need to facilitate
                                             Bringing a new product to market—from              collaboration among stakeholders
                                             concept to launch—requires a coordinated           worldwide, foster the exchange of ideas, and
                                             effort among numerous company                      encourage the reuse of proven parts,
                                             departments, from design to manufacturing          equipment, and processes for cost-
                                             to distribution. This effort can be especially     efficiency. Capturing knowledge and
                                             daunting when various departments are              expertise for continuous improvement helps
                                             geographically dispersed, as is often the          innovators succeed, along with a foundation
                                             case in today’s global economy. Short              for tracking regulatory compliance and a
                                             timelines, complex products, and intense           conduit for integrating design information
                                             competition can make product lifecycle             with manufacturing best practices.
                                             management (PLM) challenging.
                                                                                                A number of solutions provide such
For more information about other Microsoft
                                             And yet innovation is what sets companies          capabilities but are massive enterprise
customer successes, please visit:
www.microsoft.com/casestudies                apart, especially in challenging market and        software systems that can be complicated
                                             economic conditions. To effectively develop        and require specialized training to use. And
when employees are unable or unwilling to                               Outlook® 2007 messaging and collaboration             their customers at the right time,‖ says
use PLM solutions, companies suffer from a                              client. And teams can use Microsoft Office            Boswell.
lack of productivity and gaps in collaboration.                         SharePoint® Server 2007 to locate internal
They also may incur unbudgeted costs for                                subject-matter experts, share product ideas,         Extension of PLM to entire enterprise.
error resolution caused by a lack of visibility                         evaluate feedback, and other worldwide                Teamcenter users can collaborate in a
and access to information. To reduce product                            collaboration efforts. Based on Office                single virtual environment, which helps
development timelines and keep costs to a                               SharePoint Server 2007, the Teamcenter                ensure that products are better aligned
minimum, companies need PLM solutions                                   Community feature includes Microsoft Office           with customer needs and that the
that are easy to use and quickly extend PLM                             Communications Server 2007 functionality.             company can react more quickly to issues.
practices throughout the organization.                                  Using its instant messaging and audio,                ―Companies need to be ready with the
                                                                        video, and Web conferencing capabilities,             right products as the economy recovers,‖
Solution                                                                stakeholders can communicate by whatever              says Boswell. ―By having a familiar
Siemens PLM Software developed a unified                                means makes the most sense for a given                environment in which employees can work
suite of PLM offerings that address the                                 part of the PLM process.                              together—not just engineers, but also
shortcomings of other enterprise software                                                                                     those in marketing, accounting, sales, and
solutions on the market. The suite, called                              Teamcenter users can access its                       so on—companies can streamline
Teamcenter, connects people with the                                    functionality directly from the Office Fluent™        processes to ensure that products are
product and process knowledge that they                                 Ribbon user interface in Microsoft Office             successfully introduced to the market.‖
need to effectively function in a globally                              Professional 2007 programs. They also can
oriented product lifecycle.                                             embed Teamcenter files, including                    Lower total cost of ownership for
                                                                        computer-aided design—or CAD—models and               customers. Companies can enjoy a low
A Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner, Siemens                            other content, into Microsoft Office Word             total cost of PLM system ownership with
PLM Software differentiated Teamcenter from                             2007 documents and Office Excel® 2007                 Teamcenter because it minimizes the
other PLM solutions by integrating it with                              spreadsheet software worksheets.                      need to build interfaces and do custom
Microsoft Office products to help enhance and                                                                                 coding, which can add significantly to the
accelerate product innovation, design,                                  Benefits                                              expense of a PLM system. Says Boswell,
manufacturing, and delivery. Teamcenter is                              Siemens PLM Software is making it possible            ―Our approach, which provides PLM
therefore considered an Office Business                                 for customers to accelerate innovation,               functionality directly within Office
Application (OBA) because it makes                                      optimize resources, ensure quality, and               programs, decreases the cost of
information from many sources available                                 compress their time-to-market. Customers              customization, resulting in an approximate
through the familiar Office user interface. ―We                         find that, with Teamcenter integrated with            25 percent reduction in implementation
wanted to build on Office products because so                           Office programs, the solution is even more            and maintenance costs.‖
many employees everywhere already know                                  accessible and adoptable. Benefits include:
how to use them, and therefore, they promote                                                                                 Broad market opportunity. As of the end of
productivity for our customers,‖ says Bill                                 Faster product development for                    2008, more than 56,000 customers hold
Boswell, Senior Director, Teamcenter Product                                customers. With Teamcenter, employees             more than 5 million licensed seats of
Marketing for Siemens PLM Software.                                         and suppliers alike have access to the            Teamcenter worldwide. ―Microsoft Office
―Employees can struggle just to log on to a                                 consolidated, up-to-date product and              programs are some of the most widely
traditional enterprise PLM system, but with                                 process information that they need. ―Our          used out there,‖ says Boswell. ―We’re
Teamcenter, they can search for documents                                   customers can accelerate overall product          continuing to see rapid global adoption
and collaborate with coworkers without                                      development by 25 percent, reduce the             largely because of our competitive
leaving the comfortable Office environment.‖                                time they spend searching for information         advantage in uniting that familiar Office
                                                                            by up to 65 percent, and improve change           user interface with Teamcenter
For instance, Teamcenter tasks arrive in a                                  processes by up to 30 percent—all of              functionality.‖
user’s Inbox within the Microsoft Office                                    which help deliver the right products to




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