Dassault Systèmes (DS) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced an expansion of their long-standing partnership and highlighted at IBM’s IMPACT 2010 the early deliverables of their Global Alliance, including financing solutions from IBM Global Financing, a joint competency center, and work on a PLM cloud computing proof of concept.
The two companies continue to invest in developing, deploying, and supporting client PLM environments. Further results from the alliance signed last month include a DS PLM V6 software cloud computing technical proof of concept presented at the IBM IMPACT 2010 conference. The concept illustrates how clients can take advantage of DS software via a range of delivery options, from on-premise solutions, to a cloud powered by IBM software, hardware and services that can help reduce IT complexity and minimize operational costs.
This latest expansion includes a dedicated team of IBM and DS personnel focused on enabling, marketing, and delivering PLM solutions necessary for clients to transform their business. The companies established a joint PLM competency center focused on optimizing DS PLM V6 solutions for performance, reliability, and scalability on an IBM infrastructure.
The IBM Global Financing portfolio is designed to help fuel innovation for clients using the combination of DS and IBM technology, providing payment options that meet their budget, return on investment, and project payback criteria. From simple loans to custom leases and terms as long as 60 months, IBM can finance the total PLM solution – including hardware, software and services – by providing affordable monthly rates and flexible payment structures.
IBM and DS’s collaboration pre-dates the PLM industry, as the two companies collaborated first in 1981 and later jointly created and marketed the concept of Product Lifecycle Management. DS’s PLM solutions leverage IBM WebSphere, Tivoli, Information Management, Lotus and Rational software and IBM systems to provide clients with a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of their products. The combined solutions help clients to develop products from conception to maintenance and recycling.
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