Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today previewed a new solution designed to transform how manufacturers manage the entire lifecycle of a product–from its conception, through design and manufacture, partner and supplier management, procurement, quality, compliance, service and more. Autodesk is tapping into the cloud to deliver a new approach to product lifecycle management (PLM), which enables companies to capture and manage product information and processes to continuously improve the products they manufacture.
Al Dean (@alistardean) explains it best in this @Develop3D blog post:
Autodesk & PLM: Strap Your Boots On. It’s Coming.
I think Autodesk should have considered naming it “Autodesk 180” because this really has the potential of turning some manufacturing companies around. Sean Dotson (@seandotson) from @mcadforums and RND Automation has on several occasions mentioned how automation is going to be the key to turning the economy around. I could not agree more with this logic. That’s why Autodesk 360 is a game changer. It empowers manufacturers and any other type business to automate their internal systems, workflows and processes and allow them to focus on what they do best, making product and staying profitable.
Autodesk 360 for PLM is comprised of three separate software solutions:
- Autodesk 360 Nexus — Autodesk 360 Nexus is a new, cloud-based solution that will anchor Autodesk 360 for PLM with affordable, easy-to-use and simple-to-deploy software as a service that helps make the benefits of PLM business applications available to users anytime, anywhere — with less cost and risk.
- Autodesk Vault— Currently available, Autodesk Vault provides on-premise product data management software that enables engineering workgroups to organize, manage and track their entire designs, engineering bills-of-materials and change processes. Autodesk Vault will work seamlessly with the Autodesk 360 Nexus.
- Autodesk Buzzsaw― Enabled by Autodesk Cloud, Buzzsaw’s cloud-based supplier collaboration allows customers to securely exchange designs and documents with external partners and distributed teams, regardless of their location. Autodesk Buzzsaw Mobile ensures that users have the most up to date information, wherever it’s needed.