T-Systems, Dassault Systèmes and Fujitsu are working together to launch a new product lifecycle management (PLM) solution in the South African market.

Dassault Systèmes provides 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and PLM systems in its 3DExperience Platform. Fujitsu South Africa will add its industrial kiosk with built-in track pads and palm vein user authentication to the mix.

T-Systems will offer a value-added solution to create an end-to-end PLM products and services offering in the cloud, believed to be a first for the local market.

In addition, T-Systems will make access to high-performance computing available, offering simulation-as-a-service available to the local engineering and manufacturing industry.

“The planning, design and management of products or services will become a whole lot simpler and easier to manage with these PLM solutions,” says Michael Frans, head of business development and strategy for automotive and manufacturing industries at T-Systems. “Users will be able to use the software easily, and take advantage of true collaboration across organisations.

“In the production areas, using the Fujitsu kiosk’s system, production staff will be able to view the current build instructions, and important production information. These solutions mean that the time spent on design, redesign and fine tuning a product or service is reduced, while records of changes are able to be stored and managed.”

According to Natasha Sampson, partner acquisition and partner success manager at Dassault Systèmes, South Africa is ripe for solutions addressing end to end business processes. “We believe that South Africa is a growing market with businesses that are beginning to recognise the value in the use of virtual applications to remain a step ahead of competition.

“We are strongly invested in South Africa – a common thread between ourselves and both T-Systems and Fujitsu – and are proud of an innovation of this disruptive scale emerging from these shores.”

T-Systems’ MD Gert Schoonbee adds: “At T-Systems, we have long been believers in developing, growing and retaining local talent within South Africa, and the market disruption that this solution promises to bring about is yet another way that we, as a nation, are proving to be at the forefront of technology.

“T-Systems, Dassault Systèmes and Fujitsu all have local presence within South Africa, and as such, we are best positioned to service the local market.”

Steven Kramer, channel and marketing manager: ESA at Fujitsu, comments: “We see value in real partnerships, such as this one which brings a unique PLM offering to market. Dassault Systèmes has a fantastic software solution; Fujitsu has a hardware offering that is uniquely suited to launch the software solution; and T-Systems has the knowledge, experience and cloud platform to link it all together and offer it as an end-to-end solution, including Fujitsu Servers and server platforms as needed by customers.

“The combination of our abilities and strengths will enable us to pave the way for new opportunities as we identify new problems we can solve – the possibilities are endless.”