​Contact software and prostep cooperate on collaboration

In the course of digitization, companies are increasingly working with changing partners in development and service together. CONTACT Software and PROSTEP are now providing new collaboration solutions for such networks. 

In development alliances, all participants face the challenge of efficiently coordinating their collaboration across various CAx and PLM systems. CONTACT Software and PROSTEP AG are therefore pooling their skills in the areas of IT, processes and methods in order to offer suitable solutions for different collaboration scenarios

The portfolio of both companies complements each other perfectly: Based on its open Elements platform, CONTACT Software develops solutions for the product development process, the digital transformation and the Internet of Things (IoT). As a vendor-neutral consulting and software company, PROSTEP contributes its decades of experience and its standards-based solutions for the integration of PLM systems.  

"Product lifecycle support of most PLM systems ends at the company's frontier, even though product development, manufacturing and operations are spread across global ecosystems today," says CONTACT's CEO Karl-Heinz Zachries. "Our cooperation with PROSTEP paves the way for the end-to-end digitization of such processes".

With their complementary offering, CONTACT and PROSTEP address the growing demand for flexibly configurable collaboration solutions that can be seamlessly integrated into existing CAx and PLM environments. Even in joint ventures or after mergers, they ensure that companies remain capable of action and can collaborate more quickly.

For example, Diebold Nixdorf, the world's largest manufacturer of banking and retail solutions, uses a CONTACT collaboration solution to provide PLM information from various systems for sales, service and development. Here, PROSTEP contributed its OpenPDM connectors as a project partner.

"Cross-company collaboration requires openness and integration capability," says Karsten Theis, CEO of PROSTEP AG. "CONTACT is a leading advocate of open system architectures, which makes it much easier to combine our technologies".

PROSTEP AG is recognized as a partner to the leading manufacturing companies worldwide. We count the top companies in this industry among our customers. PROSTEP is an independent consulting and solution development company, but also supplies ready-made product solutions. Our strength lies in a combination of industry-specific expertise, process know-how and technological competence. We offer our customers competent consultancy services, a comprehensive range of other services, and innovative solutions covering every aspect of product lifecycle management.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 280 in Germany and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Saarbrucken, Stuttgart, and Wolfsburg, as well as in Birmingham, Michigan (USA).

About PROSTEP, Inc.
PROSTEP, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PROSTEP AG and is located in the hub of the US automotive industry, Birmingham, MI. PROSTEP is the leading vendor-independent PLM consultants for the discrete manufacturing industry specializing in PLM Integration, PLM Migration and Collaboration, Secure Data Exchange and 3D PDF Technologies (engineering change order with 3D PDF, bill of materials example in 3D PDF, etc).

With 2​80+ employees throughout and 20+ years of experience, PROSTEP specializes in PLM consultancy services and engineering solutions. PROSTEP are experts in providing leading global manufacturing companies with the support they require for designing and optimizing their internal and cross-enterprise development processes.


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