In this digital age, customers are more informed about the products they buy than ever before, resulting in the desire for a more memorable experience. Everything from the opening of the packaging, to where suppliers source their materials and even a sustainable disposal plan, are now factors that impact consumer decisions. Consumers not only want to be sold to, but they want to influence their manufacturers to help shape their own experience.
As a result, businesses need to be more agile than ever before and can no longer afford to have several disconnected development silos within their organization. In order to remain competitive and relevant, communication and collaboration need to be improved.
That is where a cloud-connected platform comes into play. The practical applications of a cloud-connected platform are actually not that difficult of an idea to understand. If you’ve ever taken a picture on your iPhone, edited it in Lightroom on an iPad and imported it into a Word document on your MacBook or iMac, you’ve experienced a connected platform.
The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
3DEXPERIENCE is a connected platform made to improve the product development cycle from start-to-finish with an integrated suite of 3D engineering technology and communication applications. By leveraging a single environment throughout the entire process, users can analyze and integrate data from both external and internal sources. Easy to administer dashboards deliver easy to digest information to all of the key players involved in a project; in a secure and auditable manner to ensure goals and targets are being met.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is modeled in the context of an operating environment, capturing intelligent interactions between the environment, consumer, product and digital capabilities that harness operational data and provide actionable insight to come up with a design. Users then simulate and optimize these designs encompassing all customer scenarios. During the use and operating lifecycle of the product, this initial model is enriched with valuable insights and updates gleaned from the real-life data, setting the stage for the next cycle of innovation.
SOLIDWORKS on the Cloud? NOT!
One thing to note is that the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is not simply SOLIDWORKS on the cloud. Similar to the seamless interaction provided by Apple, 3DEXPERIENCE is a platform that provides applications, programs and services that enable a shift to a digital, data-driven, model-based environment. Can you access your SOLIDWORKS files and leverage core 3D technology that SOLIDWORKS offers? Yes, you can, but only using the platform to do that would be like using that iPhone to only make phone calls.
The common apps and services found on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform provide an effective way to connect everyone early in the process. Some of the key features and capabilities of the platform include social collaboration, automated dashboards and cloud storage. Users see everything that's happening in a project 24/7, all in one easy-to-read location with secure access from any device. Notes and alerts can be shared in real-time with co-workers and collaborators across the value chain regardless of where they are in the world.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a BUSINESS EXPERIENCE platform. It provides software solutions for every group in your company that help your sales, design, manufacturing and support teams work together to create differentiating consumer experiences.