I’m learning more about Siemens’s plans to expand their portfolio and capabilities in the cloud and SaaS directions. My previous learning was mostly related to Teamcenter X and low code development platform Mendix. If you missed my earlier blogs, please check it here.
Today, I want to share what I’ve learned about cloud-based collaboration with Teamcenter Share. I watched a few Realize LIVE sessions, but I can also recommend the following article by John Fox – Unlock the Benefits of Cloud-Based Collaboration with Teamcenter Share.
It’s more important than ever for engineering teams to find better ways to efficiently connect and collaborate in the virtual world. That’s why we’re introducing Teamcenter® Share, a new cloud-based, engineering-focused collaboration app for design projects. If your team is still struggling with generic cloud storage or networked hard drives, then this app is for you.
Teamcenter Share enables you to synchronize your project files, including data from any common computer-aided design (CAD) software, to the cloud—enabling teams across your organization to easily participate in the product development process. The Share feature set, includes three-dimensional model markup and augmented reality (AR)-based simulation, facilitates collaboration among design engineering teams, as well as with non-technical customers and other stakeholders.
The key message is integrating the desktop and the cloud. Here is how it sounds – Improve internal collaboration with desktop to cloud synchronization
As a design-centric project collaboration tool, Teamcenter Share lets your product development teams synchronize their files as they work. Share is compatible with a wide range of common CAD formats—not just NX® and Solid Edge® from Siemens, but also Solidworks, Inventor, Catia, and more—and allows users to easily view, measure and mark up models in three-dimensional space from a browser-based interface.
I haven’t had a chance to check Teamcenter Share, but the application painfully reminded me of the Solid Edge collaboration portal. I wrote about it a few years ago on my blog. Check it out here.
In a nutshell, TC Share provides easy access to 3D data online capturing desktop information and turning it into a cloud service.
What is my conclusion?
Teamcenter Share looks easy to start, but it raises many questions about data completeness. While sharing 3D is absolutely important, share related product information – Bill of Materials, supplier information, and purchasing. It looks like it can be a good companion for Teamcenter X, but it is absolutely unclear how these two products will co-exist. I hope to learn more and share it with you. Meantime, these are my thoughts…
Disclaimer: I’m co-founder and CEO of OpenBOM developing cloud based bill of materials and inventory management tool for manufacturing companies, hardware startups, and supply chain. My opinion can be unintentionally biased.