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Siemens and IBM Collaborate to Accelerate Sustainable Product Development and Operations

Siemens and IBM are expanding their partnership to develop a combined software solution for systems engineering, service lifecycle management, and asset management. The goal is to help organizations optimize product lifecycles, improve traceability across processes, and adopt more sustainable product designs.


Siemens and IBM collaborate to accelerate sustainable product development and operations
Siemens and IBM collaborate to accelerate sustainable product development and operations

Siemens Digital Industries Software and IBM have announced their collaboration to develop a combined software solution that integrates their respective offerings for systems engineering, service lifecycle management, and asset management. The companies will develop a combined software solution to help organizations optimize product lifecycles, and make it easier to improve traceability across processes, prototype and test concepts much earlier in development, and adopt more sustainable product designs.


The new combined SysML v1 standards-based suite of integrated engineering software is expected to support traceability and sustainable product development using a digital thread that links mechanical, electronics, electrical engineering, and software design and implementation. It is intended to span the product lifecycle, from early design and manufacturing to operations, maintenance, update, and end-of-life management.


According to Tony Hemmelgarn, President, and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software, this collaboration aims to empower their customers to innovate by helping to reduce product development costs, drive continuous improvement and create operational efficiencies across the extended enterprise throughout the product’s operation lifecycle. Hemmelgarn added, "We are developing this to help companies truly shift left by improving extensibility and reuse of systems models and associated data with standards-based solutions in an open ecosystem and to enable our customers to develop better products."


Tony Hemmelgarn, President, and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software
Tony Hemmelgarn, President, and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software

The collaboration focuses on effective reuse of processes and materials to allow traceability for sustainable product development. This can help companies make informed decisions earlier in the design and engineering process to drive improvements in cost, performance, and sustainability.


Kamil Mrva, Chief Information Officer at ŠKODA Group, and an early adopter of the service lifecycle and asset management solution, said: “We are working very closely together with Siemens and IBM to help us to reach our sustainability goals, reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of products for our customers, and support our business transformation with an increased focus on services.”


IBM's Senior Vice President, Product Management and Growth, Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D., said, “To address this gap, IBM and Siemens are collaborating on a digital thread environment to integrate sustainability practices throughout the lifecycle of a product, from design, production, operation, maintenance and beyond. This connectivity will help enable quicker time to innovation and compliance preparedness, and overall improved product quality.”


IBM's Senior Vice President, Product Management and Growth, Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D
IBM's Senior Vice President, Product Management and Growth, Kareem Yusuf, Ph.D

IBM and Siemens are also collaborating to create a SysML v2 based solution with a migration path to help customers transition to next-generation systems engineering. SysML supports the specification, analysis, design, verification, and validation of a broad range of systems and systems-of-systems. Service lifecycle management can assist in maximizing business value for product servitization by connecting service engineering to service maintenance to facilitate new collaborative processes between OEM and operators.


Siemens will be supported by benefits through IBM's newly launched Partner Plus program and will offer the solution as part of the Siemens Xcelerator ecosystem.


Siemens Digital Industries Software helps organizations of all sizes digitally transform using software, hardware, and services from the Siemens Xcelerator business platform. Siemens' software and the comprehensive digital twin enable companies to optimize their design, engineering, and manufacturing processes to turn today's ideas into the sustainable products of the future.


IBM is a leading provider of global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting expertise. It helps clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries.






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