IBM* Japan Ltd. has announced that Sony Corporation in a contract valued at 1.2 billion yen (approx. $10 million) will use ENOVIApm*** software from IBM and ENOVIA Corp to build a new Web-based worldwide PDM (product data management) system.
The Sony system is called PADICS and will be one of the largest PDM systems in the electronics industry. It is designed to enhance Sony's product development process and will have a worldwide-shared technical support system as its foundation. It will track data for 17 million components, part assemblies, designs and alterations for Sony consumer, broadcast equipment and other products. The data will be accessible 24-hours a day via Web browsers at 100 Sony office and plant locations around the world.
ENOVIApm, formerly known as IBM's ProductManager, is a PDM software suite. It is now part of the Product Development Management II (PDM II) software developed by ENOVIA Corp and marketed and sold worldwide by IBM. PDM II is a new category of software that provides companies with a multi-CAD collaborative and innovative environment to do virtual product and process modeling, simulation and management across the extended enterprise.
Sony realized it needed a more capable PDM system after dispersing its product design groups to overseas locations. The need to access the latest information on designs, parts and components in real time has increased dramatically.
IBM Japan was awarded the contract to help create the new PDM system for Sony based on its expertise in systems integration, e-business and other networking skills. IBM hardware being used includes the RS/6000* SP.
The initial implementation this fall calls for several hundred Sony design and support staff to enter and access product data using ENOVIApm via Web browsers. With full implementation by the end of next year, as many as 7,000 designers, engineers and other Sony employees will be using PADICS in Japan, other Asian countries, Europe, North and South America.
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