Autodesk and Siemens to increase software interoperability

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It’s not quite the Great Thaw, but Autodesk and Siemens are to work on better interoperability between their software

In an effort to help reduce manufacturers’ costs and streamline data sharing, Autodesk and Siemens have announced a new agreement between the two software giants.

With interoperability a major challenge for customers across the design and manufacturing industry, several software companies are working towards a more open environment for their technology platforms, with this agreement being the first to be announced.

Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will share toolkit technology and exchange end-user software applications to build and market interoperable products.
In a market where designers and manufacturers are under increased pressure to get products to market faster, with increased quality, the inefficiencies of data translation and clean-up can be one of the most frustrating processes.

“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, VP of Strategy, Siemens PLM.

“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.”


Lisa Campbell, VP of Manufacturing Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “We understand that our customers use a mix of products in their workflow and providing them with the flexibility they need to get their jobs done is our top priority.”

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