In the modern economy, key players in the product development community are becoming more and more distributed. Additionally, a maturing engineering workforce demands the need to capture the tacit knowledge these team members have and pass it on to the younger generation of engineers.
This dynamic environment introduces new challenges to collaborating across teams and geographies. Mix in the complexities of the product development process and both managers and their teams can feel overwhelmed by the many options to address these challenges.
The emergence of Web 2.0 capabilities has ushered in the social computing era, where individuals, at home or at work, can easily and simply engage with friends and colleagues. Sharing information and opinions is easier and more collaborative than ever before.
PTC recognized the way that designers and engineers could engage with one another, and delivered this capability when PTC released Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5. With further integration with Microsoft SharePoint, PTC introduced Social Product Development to the Product Development System in 2009.
Today, PTC continues to believe in the value of real-time collaboration across product development organizations. Windchill SocialLink connects the people and the products they develop to create communities that solve real problems and develop breakthrough product ideas. To learn more, visit the Windchill SocialLink product page or see what we have to say about it on PTC's Product Lifecycle Stories.