Get Connected: Collaborate and Innovate

It’s no secret that engineering just about anything requires the work of an entire team, and these days that can be remarkably complex. With remote…

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Bob Slevin

November 15, 20214 minute read

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It’s no secret that engineering just about anything requires the work of an entire team, and these days that can be remarkably complex. With remote working increasingly becoming a norm, the complexities of industrial design and manufacturing processes, and shifting regulatory landscapes that can have impacts on product development the need for transparent processes, streamlined workflows, and high-quality information has never been more important.

The partnership between OpenText and Dassault Systemes is bringing connected engineering solutions to you like never before, built on Dassault’s CATIA computer-aided design products and supporting by OpenText’s cloud-based managed services.


Connecting silos for connected engineering

Connected engineering is quickly becoming the de facto way of designing, developing, and iterating engineering products, but what does it really mean?

Well, for starters it means that the silos in which teams operated are a thing of the past. CATIA Connected Engineering brings together each of the abilities and skills of the entire engineering processes with a single pane of data, information, and modeling so that everyone involved is confident they are working on with the most relevant version available. Let’s look at a workflow example and how connected engineering makes it possible:

Step 1. The Marketing Analyst explains requirements and shares ideas.
Step 2. The CATIA Designer begins work with the 3D data, beginning with an existing design that can be shared with everyone along the workflow.
Step 3. The CATIA Designer adds elements to the product based on the market analyst’s suggestions.
Step 4. The manager reviews the updated design and provides feedback.
Step 5. A second CATIA Designer opens the project to update based on the manager’s feedback.
Step 6. The first CATIA Designer also opens the project to continue adding required elements to the design.
Step 7. The manager reviews and validates the design.
Step 8. The procurement team accesses the design to create an updated cost analysis.

That’s a lot of steps, right? It’s a complicated dance from one person to the next just to implement a seemingly simple upgrade to an already existing design – but with CATIA Connected Engineering, including the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, all of those steps can happen seamlessly and each person responsible for execution can is completely assured that the version they are working with is the most up-to-date available. That’s because each member of the team is working within the same platform, on the same design, potentially at the same time without ever having to package and send anything from one person to the next. Everything is captured right in CATIA and 3DEXPERIENCE. Even when members of the team are on the go, they have access to the content anytime from anywhere with a dedicated app called “Design Review.”

A single source of truth

What’s so important about connecting all these steps? Well, setting aside the ease of workflow that CATIA and 3DEXPERIENCE enable, connecting engineering is all about a “single source of truth.” Collaboration is ineffective when efforts are duplicated or information needs to be reinterpreted in each step – in fact, that’s not collaboration at all. That’s inefficient, silo-based working and it’s costing your company time and resources.

Truly collaborative engineering environments – including project data, sketches, and marketing specs – eliminate the silos and put everyone on the same page at the same time. The backbone of connected engineering is CATIA and 3DEXPERIENCE, and OpenText’s cloud infrastructure means that collaborative environment is available anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Access the series of videos detailing this and other 3DEXPERIENCE journeys.

Learn more about Connected Engineering, the 3DEXPERIENCE CATIA portfolio and Dassault Systemes partnership with OpenText.

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Bob Slevin

Bob Slevin is the Director of Product Marketing for IoT at OpenText. Bob is an Internet of Things (IoT) architect and evangelist with more than 25 years’ experience in telecommunications spanning Military and Private sectors. He has collaborated with partners to deploy millions of connected devices across business and consumer markets. An IoT thought leader with an MBA in Technology Management, Bob is focused on identifying business challenges and building innovative solutions to improve operational efficiencies, drive growth and mitigate risks.

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