Microsoft, Siemens Design Cloud-Based Product Lifecycle Management

Microsoft Corp. and Siemens PLM Software are teaming up to build a cloud-based quality management solution for Product Lifecycle Management Lifecycle (PLM) professionals. It’s just one of the cloud-based PLM solutions the companies are exploring.

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siemensdpv_cloudMicrosoft Corp. and Siemens PLM Software are teaming up to build a cloud -based quality management solution for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) professionals.

Under the plan, Siemens’ PLM Software’s Dimensional Planning and Validation application will run securely on Microsoft Windows Azure platform cloud computing services, officials from both companies said.

“We are proud of the work we are doing with Siemens PLM Software in this area, and look forward to exploring additional ways that cloud computing can securely and simply be applied to PLM,” Sanjay Ravi, managing director, Worldwide High Tech & Electronics Industry, Microsoft, said in a statement  The Siemens/Microsoft PLM solution aims to demonstrate how cloud-based solutions can provide companies world-class quality management application inexpensively and on an as-needed basis, he added. 

Aside from PLM quality management, Siemens PLM Software and Microsoft are working on other projects aimed at using the cloud to deliver PLM solutions to global manufacturers.

How the Cloud Will Deliver PLM and
Dimensional Planning and Validation (DPV)

DPV is a PLM-based closed loop quality system that allows organizations to collect, manage, analyze and report quality measurement information that’s tied directly to real-time production results, according to officials.

Tecnomatix DPV uses Teamcenter software, a PLM system from Siemens PLM Software, that lets the user incorporate as-built production information and real-time production quality data, in the same environment that’s used to manage the enterprise’s product, process and manufacturing data.

The Siemens/Microsoft contention is simple: Although some organizations, such as manufacturing locations or outside suppliers, don’t always need a full PLM resource infrastructure, such users can benefit from quality management technology, especially when delivered via the cloud,

‘[We] look forward to exploring…ways that cloud computing can securely and simply be applied to PLM,”


Sanjay Ravi
Managing Director
Worldwide High Tech & Electronics Industry
Microsoft Corp.

The architecture is as follows: The Siemens PLM Software’s Tecnomatix DPV and Teamcenter will run in Microsoft’s Azure cloud, using the Windows Azure OS for cloud services and Microsoft’s SQL Azure relational database.

The architecture means PLM-based quality management solutions can be securely delivered without a full in-house enterprise IT system, officials said. Once validated, the result will make PLM quality solutions more accessible and improve deployment options through an on-demand environment, officials from both companies said.