This guest contribution on Innovation Intelligence is written by Shun Higashide, Global Business Analyst at Elysium. Elysium develops CADdoctor, which is available through the Altair Partner Alliance.
Throughout the product manufacturing lifecycle, specialized software exists for specific fields, creating a need to ensure one has “the right software in the right place.” It is without a doubt that many software solution providers have stood up to challenge this status quo, which has not been easy.
As a result, numerous software developers have developed the culture of complementing others’ weaknesses and functionalities. What becomes a seed of discussion is how these complementary solutions communicate with each other. There has been movement of standardized neutral formats to universally bridge the gap between the different languages. ISO standards such as STEP and JT have risen to a level where they are widely used by suppliers as an exchange format. While these solutions offer a good place to start, it is also important to consider how the quality of the data or Product Data Quality (PDQ) is preserved and maintained throughout the process.