IBM, Dassault integrate middleware, PLM platforms

Longtime business partners IBM and Dassault Systemes on Monday agreed to integrate their flagship middleware and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, which officials from both companies believe will result in better workplaces compliant with IBM's On Demand initiative for delivering compute resources wherever and whenever they are needed.

The goal of the deal is to help facilitate integration of the client PLM client systems with legacy systems and other business applications. The intended result would create workplaces where non-engineers can access any product information in real time.

Both companies plan to further integrate IBM products, 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 more easily share and mange product information and help to stimulate product innovation," said Bill Reedy, vice president of IBM's Business Development Software Group.

Officials from each company said 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 organizations to integrate Enovia applications with their other systems and applications through EAI-based middleware including WebSphere Business Integration.

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

Citing one more advantage, 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. Lastly, 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, they said.

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