Autodesk and Siemens partner to increase software interoperability

Autodesk and Siemens have announced an interoperability agreement aimed at helping manufacturers decrease the costs associated with incompatibility among product development software applications and avoid potential data integrity problems.

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

Through this agreement, Autodesk and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software businesses will take steps to improve the interoperability between their respective software offerings.

The companies say they also aim to decrease the overall effort and costs that are associated with supporting multi-CAD environments. In particular, interoperability between the offerings from Siemens and Autodesk will improve the 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.

“Incompatibility among various CAD systems has been an ongoing issue that adversely affects manufacturers worldwide,” Dr Stefan Jockusch, vice president, Strategy, Siemens PLM Software, added: “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.”