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Autodesk and Siemens agree to improve software interoperability


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The agreement will help improve situations where a combination of their software currently exists.

One of the challenges many manufacturers face is a lack of compatibility among the many software solutions found in the manufacturing environment. Autodesk and Siemens are working to fix this problem with an interoperability agreement.

Autodesk and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software businesses will improve compatibility between their respective software options. The pair have a common goal of streamlining data sharing and reducing costs in organizations with multi-CAD environments.

Many manufacturing environments have several different CAD software solutions. This multi-CAD environments and lack of interoperability can be a challenge for users of design and engineering software.

The interoperability agreement will help improve situations where a combination of their software currently exists. Both companies will share toolkit technology and exchange end-user software applications to build and market interoperable products.


“Interoperability is a major challenge for customers across the manufacturing industry, and Autodesk has been working diligently to create an increasingly open environment throughout our technology platforms,” said Lisa Campbell, vice president of Manufacturing Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk.

Customers are using a mix of products, offering flexible options makes it easier for them to get the job done, which is a top priority, adds Campbell.

“Incompatibility among various CAD systems has been an ongoing issue that adversely affects manufacturers worldwide, and can add to the cost of products from cars and airplanes to smart phones and golf clubs,” said Dr. Stefan Jockusch, Vice President, Strategy, Siemens PLM Software.

“This partnership is another positive and important step in our drive to promote openness and interoperability and to help reduce costs for the global manufacturing industry by facilitating collaboration throughout their extended enterprises.”


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