We have all experienced the fast, incremental value that the Apple and Google App Stores deliver us on our smartphones. Smartphone users handpick apps from a broad selection, procure them inexpensively (or for free), and install them immediately (without restarts). These apps don’t regress other apps, and users launch them right away with little or no training.
PTC adopts a similar approach to provide additional value to our product lifecycle management software customers on Windchill. Windchill Extensions are purpose-built for Windchill expert users. We now host a Windchill Extension Center where Windchill administrators may browse and select extensions. Some extensions are free, others require a subscription. All offer free trials. These extensions install (and uninstall) without requiring a Windchill system restart. They are also fully technically isolated from your Windchill instance, so they will not cause regressions or other issues. Users need little or no training to use these extensions.
As Windchill Extensions are released, they are available to customers immediately, without upgrade, for Windchill systems on 11.0 and higher.
PTC will offer 25-30 of these Windchill extensions within the first 12 months of the program, starting with the following three available now in North America (global launch is in October):
In the Windchill Extension Center, you will also see “Coming Soon” previews of the next wave of extensions. These extensions will release in October:
PTC sources the development of this program to our partner, Wincom. Wincom has a decade of success delivering extensions to over 100 Windchill customers. So, this extension program is already field-validated for performance and value. This program offers Windchill Extensions in addition to PTC’s internal development capacity that remains focused on core Windchill enhancement. Together we accelerate the pace of Windchill’s innovations.
Stay tuned for follow-up posts on Windchill Extensions, which will include the next round of extensions as well as field tip and tricks for the released extensions.
Dave Duncan is responsible for the service information solutions business within PTC's Digital Engineering segment. His previous positions include Portfolio Management VP at Servigistics, service manager at GE Healthcare, ERP technical services lead at JD Edwards, and US Army Officer in Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Duncan holds a Civil Engineering and Operations Research degree from Princeton University. He coaches high school rugby and youth basketball in his spare time.