As always, you will continue to see more Teamcenter capabilities available through Active Workspace, but this release delivers significant enhancements to user productivity and deployability. Let’s walk through the highlights of our recently released solutions, which are mostly available whether you are running Teamcenter 10 or Teamcenter 11!
Introducing the new Teamcenter Deployment Center!
I’d like to introduce the first release of Deployment Center, which gives you a centralized web-based application that you can use to deploy Teamcenter and monitor your deployments. You can easily deploy Active Workspace 3.1 or 3.2 in your existing Teamcenter platform, upgrade Active Workspace, and deploy Active Workspace applications. Create demonstration or testing environments by deploying a single-box environment or more complex environments distributed across multiple machines. Deployment Center also makes it easier for you to consistently deploy any custom software that you’ve built to one or more of your Teamcenter installations.
Enhancing Product Configurator
In line with our blog series on re-thinking variability management, you will see several enhancements to Teamcenter Product Configurator capabilities. With new application programming interfaces (APIs), you can feed configurator data to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, sales systems and other third-party applications. New analysis and extraction tools help customers currently using classic options and variants to assess their data to move forward with new configurator capabilities. Additional enhancements to Product Configurator provide the ability to manage status, revision, effectivity and release of configurator data. Take a look at this video on Product Configurator software inside PLM to see what I mean.
Expanding PLM-ALM interoperability
Executing on our strategy for the Polarion acquisition, we provide greater cross-domain visibility by enhancing support for interoperability of PLM and application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions. Polarion ALM™ and Teamcenter items are automatically mapped across the requirements and change management workflows for better bi-directional traceability. To provide a more intuitive web-based user experience in Polarion and Teamcenter, all traceability information and data is accessible using Active Workspace. The visibility of the information helps design teams get a clearer, more familiar view of cross-domain data. Since hardware and software teams are more productive when working in their native environments, users will be able to initiate change and requirement engineering workflows in either Teamcenter or Polarion.
Increasing CAE analyst visibility and productivity
Computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysts now have a more streamlined system for deploying their test configurations to the development environment. The 11.2.3 release of Teamcenter delivers several enhancements to simulation process management that focus on providing greater visibility to the analysis, making analysis easier, increasing user productivity and streamlining the path to deployment.
Improving systems-driven product development
System modeling performance and usability improvements in this release include intuitive relationship navigation, de-cluttering of diagrams through relationship filtering and ‘rollup’ connections, and cross-probing with 3D visualization for rapid impact understanding.
You will also see enhancements for analysis requests, including better display and control of the attribute values associated with the request as well as personnel who are contributing/consuming the request. Improvements also include a robust library of comparison operators, consistency checks, and out-of-the-box (OOTB) reports.
Improving user productivity
Teamcenter 10.1.7 and 11.2.3 with Active Workspace 3.2 continue to deliver customer-focused productivity improvements in various areas, including improved usability with folder navigation; better handling of command overflow in smaller mobile devices and more editing capabilities in various display modes; and better collaboration with direct URL links to any Active Workspace objects. You can easily identify objects that that include a release status and quickly determine release status. More efficient flow in document creation supports attachments and continuous creation of multiple objects with similar properties. Expanded multi-select capability improves visualization usability, providing a familiar breadcrumb mechanism. The new Teamcenter releases deliver significant massive model visualization performance, scalability improvements and more efficient structure navigation through support for filtering and product configurator-based variability.
Reducing information overload
Continued improvements to search and filter, classification and security in this release help you reduce information overload. You can readily tailor Active Workspace to fit your needs with expanded adoption of the declarative user interface (UI) framework and many re-usable widgets. Improved support for creation and navigation of linked data simplifies management of data associations.
Rohit Tangri is the Vice President of Teamcenter Product Management, Marketing and Business Development for Siemens PLM Software.