DARMSTADT, Germany, Mar 4, 2019 – Digitalization and networking are leading to a growing need for cross-company collaboration. In light of this fact, the provider of open PLM and IoT solutions CONTACT Software and the PLM consulting and software house PROSTEP have decided to collaborate more closely. The aim of this cooperation is to develop collaboration solutions that can be integrated seamlessly in customers’ CAD and PLM landscapes. As a first step, PROSTEP’s OpenPDM CIM Database connector was developed to address different collaboration scenarios.

It is companies working in larger development networks with heterogeneous CAx and PLM solutions in particular that are faced with the challenge of having to coordinate their processes across systems. By combining their know-how in the areas IT, processes and methods, CONTACT Software and PROSTEP are able to offer custom collaboration solutions. These solutions provide support for more efficient collaboration in joint ventures or following mergers and acquisitions in particular.

The technologies of the two companies complement each other: Contact Software uses its CONTACT Elements platform to develop solutions for the product engineering process and digital transformation that are used in a number of different industries. Examples include CIM Database PLM and Project Office, a project management solution. As a vendor-neutral consulting and software house, PROSTEP contributes its decades of experience and its standards-based solutions for PLM migration, integration and collaboration to the cooperation. The OpenPDM CIM Database connector is another element in the PROSTEP product suite that supports collaboration in heterogeneous PLM landscapes.

“In most of today’s PLM systems, support for the product lifecycle ends at company boundaries despite the fact that the development, production and operation of the products are distributed across a global ecosystem. Our cooperation with PROSTEP paves the way for the end-to-end digitalization of cross-company collaboration processes,” says CONTACT’s managing director, Karl-Heinz Zachries. And Karsten Theis, a member of PROSTEP AG’s executive board, adds: “Cross-company collaboration requires openness and integration capabilities. CONTACT Software is a major advocate of open system architectures, which makes it much easier to combine our technologies”


PROSTEP AG is recognized as a partner to the leading manufacturing companies worldwide. They count the top companies in this industry among their customers. PROSTEP is an independent consulting and solution development company, but also supplies ready-made product solutions. Their strength lies in a combination of industry-specific expertise, process know-how and technological competence. They offer their customers competent consultancy services, a comprehensive range of other services, and innovative solutions covering every aspect of product lifecycle management.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 280 in Germany and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Sindelfingen and Saarbrückenas well as in Birmingham, MI (USA).

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