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PTC introduces Windchill+, a new generation of PLM software via a modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) architecture. At the same time, the vendor announces that a larger group of PTC experts in Windchill implementations is moving to a newly formed business unit of long-time partner ITC Infotech: DxP Services. The focus is on the implementation of Windchill PLM Software as a Service (SaaS).

On the software development side, PTC is making the move to a SaaS architecture with the ability to run its Windchill PLM software on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. That’s the meaning of the + behind the product name. It is one of the first in a series of steps toward offering the entire PTC portfolio on the Atlas cloud platform acquired together with Onshape.

On the other hand, organizational measures are being taken to meet customers’ expected requirements when moving to SaaS. Primarily, these requirements are in the area of services, and here PTC is relying on a new business unit at the globally operating Indian partner ITC Infotech. (image PTC)

“For more than two decades, many of the world’s most respected manufacturing companies have used Windchill to design, develop and manufacture their products,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC. “Windchill+ now opens up an exciting future for our Windchill product line by delivering the full power of PLM for digital transformation while simplifying deployment, use and upgrades through the use of a modern SaaS architecture.”

By leveraging SaaS, customers should be able to reduce or replace their on-premise applications and solutions and quickly and easily implement PLM and accelerate its use across the enterprise. Windchill+ can be continuously customized and integrated by the PTC SaaS team, while automatically updating the system – eliminating downtime and upgrade costs. Windchill+ also enables faster, easier and more secure collaboration with external partners in the manufacturing supply chain.

PTC and ITC Infotech simultaneously plan to accelerate customer digital transformation initiatives through the adoption of PLM as Software as a Service with a new business unit, DxP Services, which brings together PLM experts from both companies. The DxP Services team will provide Windchill implementation services to numerous existing PTC customers. At the same time, it will enable a growing number of customers to transition from their existing, sometimes highly customized, on-premise implementation of Windchill to SaaS with Windchill+.

“PTC’s long-standing strategy has been to build a partner ecosystem that leverages the expertise and capabilities of systems integrators to drive business transformation and technology adoption for our customers worldwide,” said Jim Heppelmann. “Together with ITC Infotech, we are now forming a highly specialized team to unlock the full potential of our Windchill Services business and enable manufacturers to take advantage of the benefits of SaaS – ease of access, high security and lower total cost of ownership.”