Distributed Research and Development

Cisco Distributed Research and Development Solution Deployment Guide for PTC Windchill

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For many manufacturing companies, increasing the rate of innovation has become a top priority. Driven by demands from increasingly sophisticated customers, by growth in emerging markets that often require localized products, and the need to maintain a competitive edge, companies are looking for ways to develop new products faster. According to a recent study by Forrester, "slow response to changing market conditions in today's hyper-competitive environment places companies at a distinct disadvantage relative to competitors."

To address these issues, manufacturers are expanding their global research and development footprint both internally and through outsourced partners, committing additional resources to drive faster innovation. This enables them to accelerate time-to-market by adding resources, capturing local knowledge and talent, and minimizing the costs of development.

Successfully implementing a global product development organization, however, brings its own significant challenges, which must be addressed to gain the full benefits of a global design chain and achieve business objectives. One of the most important of these challenges is coordinating and synchronizing product development data and business processes. Managing innovation processes on a global basis requires consistent access to applications and data throughout the development process.

To enable these distributed and extended relationships, organizations are increasingly using product lifecycle management (PLM) applications across global locations to manage product development. By relying on the capabilities of PLM applications, manufacturers ensure that design activities are in synch, engineering processes remain consistent, and design and production teams are always working from the latest information.

However, delivering these large-scale applications and data to globally dispersed locations challenges manufacturers to optimize information sharing and availability while remaining cost-effective and secure. The Cisco Distributed Research and Development solution with Parametric Technology Corporation's (PTC) Windchill PDMLink solution addresses this challenge by combining the power of Cisco's Application Network Services (ANS) with proven Pro/ENGINEER CAD and Windchill PDMLink PLM applications from PTC. Based on this powerful technology, manufacturers are better able to capture the benefits of an expanded global research and development footprint through capabilities including:

  • Improved management and visibility of the global product development process through consistent, reliable, highly available PLM capabilities.
  • Improved productivity for engineers at global design centers and remote locations due to improved application performance and faster data transfers.
  • Efficient deployment and operation through data center infrastructure and WAN bandwidth optimization
  • Comprehensive security to protect the confidentiality of critical design data, applications, and infrastructure

The Cisco Distributed Research and Development solution with PTC's solutions improves visibility into the product development process, allowing manufacturers to become more efficient and accelerate product development and lifecycle management based on consistent access to information and applications. Based on such capabilities, manufacturers can streamline product lifecycle management functions to achieve a competitive edge and greater profitability.

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