OpenPDM has been around for 20 years. The integration platform‘s functional scope and possible areas of application have changed dramatically during this time. Thanks to its new, microservices-based architecture, it can now also be used in hybrid cloud/on-premise scenarios. OpenPDM has never been as important as it is today when it comes to connecting the subsystems of a modular PLM architecture, integrating an increasing number of partners in digital value chains or providing support for the digital thread by creating new concepts for linking data.
Over 200 companies in the automotive, aviation, mechanical and plant engineering, transportation, consumer goods, telecommunications and energy industries worldwide use our integration platform. They use OpenPDM for both the internal integration of heterogeneous PLM system landscapes and for continuous data synchronization with development partners and suppliers. OpenPDM is often also used in complex migration projects in which PLM data from legacy systems needs to be made available in a new PLM environment without loss and with a high level of quality. PROSTEP has also created a special platform for the shipbuilding industry. OpenPDM SHIP provides additional support for the integration of shipbuilding-specific CAx process chains.
OpenPDM is still used predominantly for PLM integration and collaboration – although requirements have become more challenging and more diverse. Whereas in the past primary focus was placed on linking PDM systems for CAD data management, today focus is usually placed on integrating multilayer PLM architectures and connecting domain-specific systems, e.g. for application lifecycle management (ALM). The globalization of supply chains and an increase in collaboration and joint ventures between OEMs means that partner integration has also become more challenging.
Posted with permission from PROSTEP AG.
Original Article by Mirko Theiss, Senior Manager PLM Integration and Product Manager OpenPDM at PROSTEP AG.