Intelligent data sharing for continuous processes across organizational boundaries

Numerous partners such as suppliers and engineering offices contribute to product development. Here, the following applies: Processes function optimally when data is also available across organizational and system boundaries. CONTACT Collaboration Hub simplifies the data flow through intelligent data sharing and supports continuous processes.

Collaboration Hub is particularly suitable for cooperation in joint ventures and projects as well as for efficiently integrating suppliers and partners.

Advantages for your teams and projects

  • Reliable collaboration through data sharing
  • Collaboration environment designed for engineering processes
  • Data usage across system boundaries
  • Extensive security and compliance mechanisms

Reliable collaboration through data sharing

E-mails and messaging are well suited for simple cases - but they are not reliable enough for demanding engineering tasks. "Do I have the latest version?", "In which thread can I find it?" are questions that employees often ask themselves every day. That's why Collaboration Hub offers intelligent data sharing: With this hub, distributed teams always use the most up-to-date data and refer to common elements such as projects and processes.

Reliable collaboration through data sharing

E-mails and messaging are well suited for simple cases - but they are not reliable enough for demanding engineering tasks. "Do I have the latest version?", "In which thread can I find it?" are questions that employees often ask themselves every day. That's why Collaboration Hub offers intelligent data sharing: With this hub, distributed teams always use the most up-to-date data and refer to common elements such as projects and processes.

E-mails and messaging are well suited for simple cases - but they are not reliable enough for demanding engineering tasks. "Do I have the latest version?", "In which thread can I find it?" are questions that employees often ask themselves every day. That's why Collaboration Hub offers intelligent data sharing: With this hub, distributed teams always use the most up-to-date data and refer to common elements such as projects and processes.

Collaboration environment designed for engineering processes

Engineering projects with CAD model and product structures, variants, technical changes and configurations as well as access control pose very special challenges. Collaboration Hub goes beyond conventional teamspace solutions like Slack, MS Teams or Trello. Our collaboration solution with its data, process and project model is designed from the ground up for engineering.

Collaboration environment designed for engineering processes

Engineering projects with CAD model and product structures, variants, technical changes and configurations as well as access control pose very special challenges. Collaboration Hub goes beyond conventional teamspace solutions like Slack, MS Teams or Trello. Our collaboration solution with its data, process and project model is designed from the ground up for engineering.

Engineering projects with CAD model and product structures, variants, technical changes and configurations as well as access control pose very special challenges. Collaboration Hub goes beyond conventional teamspace solutions like Slack, MS Teams or Trello. Our collaboration solution with its data, process and project model is designed from the ground up for engineering.

Using data across system boundaries

Business processes function smoothly when their data is available across systems. Our Catalyst technology ensures this data flow with standard interfaces for enterprise applications such as ERP and PLM. To achieve this, we work together with technology partners such as PROSTEP AG, a renowned specialist for PLM interfaces. Open data standards such as OSLC and ReqIF, API standards such as REST and its open, declarative data dictionary also make Collaboration Hub easy to customize.

Using data across system boundaries

Business processes function smoothly when their data is available across systems. Our Catalyst technology ensures this data flow with standard interfaces for enterprise applications such as ERP and PLM. To achieve this, we work together with technology partners such as PROSTEP AG, a renowned specialist for PLM interfaces. Open data standards such as OSLC and ReqIF, API standards such as REST and its open, declarative data dictionary also make Collaboration Hub easy to customize.

Business processes function smoothly when their data is available across systems. Our Catalyst technology ensures this data flow with standard interfaces for enterprise applications such as ERP and PLM. To achieve this, we work together with technology partners such as PROSTEP AG, a renowned specialist for PLM interfaces. Open data standards such as OSLC and ReqIF, API standards such as REST and its open, declarative data dictionary also make Collaboration Hub easy to customize.

Extensive security and compliance mechanisms

Communication with other companies requires powerful interfaces. Companies place the highest demands on protection against unauthorized access to their own IT infrastructure. The security architecture of Collaboration Hub based on the CONTACT Elements platform offers reliable protection. For example, we provide an own proxy environment for the cooperation with suppliers and partners, which is decoupled from the internal environment behind the firewall.

 

Extensive security and compliance mechanisms

Communication with other companies requires powerful interfaces. Companies place the highest demands on protection against unauthorized access to their own IT infrastructure. The security architecture of Collaboration Hub based on the CONTACT Elements platform offers reliable protection. For example, we provide an own proxy environment for the cooperation with suppliers and partners, which is decoupled from the internal environment behind the firewall.

 

Communication with other companies requires powerful interfaces. Companies place the highest demands on protection against unauthorized access to their own IT infrastructure. The security architecture of Collaboration Hub based on the CONTACT Elements platform offers reliable protection. For example, we provide an own proxy environment for the cooperation with suppliers and partners, which is decoupled from the internal environment behind the firewall.

 

Use cases of Collaboration Hub

A joint venture is a long-term undertaking, such as the merger of the mobility services of Daimler and BMW. Joint ventures must

  • synchronize data and processes across the systems of each participating organization
  • provide a shared system environment to support the staff of the joint venture in their daily work
  • strictly prevent access to data that has not been approved for such access (need-to-know principle and protection of intellectual property).

The core elements of Collaboration Hub for joint ventures are legacy system interfaces, dedicated application environment, and intellectual property protection.

Here, various organizations are pursuing a unifying goal, such as the development of a new drive system. Thereby special requirements such as advanced process and workflow concepts, context links to elements of the product structure and special access rules are in the foreground, which teamspace solutions such as Asana, Slack or MS Teams cannot fulfill. Such projects must

  • set up shared environments quickly and efficiently
  • strictly prevent access to data that has not been approved for such access
  • employ industry standards such as the BIM standards or, in the automotive industry, STEP AP 242 and JT.

Joint projects build on the following core elements of Collaboration Hub: Dedicated Application Environment, Out-of-the-box Capability with on premise or public/private cloud deployment, Intellectual Property Protection and Industry Standards.

In a supply chain, suppliers and engineering service providers fulfill certain services on behalf of the engineering lead. Such services fulfillment asks for lightweight support and ramp-up time is measured in just hours and minutes. Examples are detailed design, validation, engineering changes etc. Collaboration Hub supports such tasks providing for example workflows consisting of the definition, confirmation and execution of an engineering change. In order to provide such services, suppliers must be able to

  • access all relevant information via a 24*365 self-service web portal
  • easily down- and upload complex data like CAx model structures and identify subsequent changes at a glance
  • utilize collaboration mechanisms like activity streams, subscriptions, redlining and task management.

Supplier services build on the following core elements of Collaboration Hub: Self Service Supplier Portal, Workspaces, Triggers & Alerts, Lightweight Collaboration, Workflows, On- and Offboarding, Access Control by Context, and Security.

Collaboration hub supports system integration. Typical examples are different PLM systems in joint ventures. The challenge is to combine fragmented resources for services these systems cannot provide on their own. Enterprise application integration (EAI) is the use of architectural principles, software and services to integrate different enterprise software applications. An EAI environment must be able to

  • synchronize data and processes across systems
  • employ state of the art API (REST etc.) and conceptual model standards (OSLC, STEP etc.)
  • employ a common system to support tasks and processes for which existing legacy systems are not suitable.

EAI support build on the following core elements of Collaboration Hub: Legacy System Interfaces, Dedicated Application Environment, and API Standards.

Extended enterprise – powered by CONTACT Elements

Powered by CONTACT Elements means: You use the world's most modern platform for cooperation with partners and suppliers. Collaboration Hub supports you in integrating them into your processes and projects. Modular and flexible like Lego, the modular principle of CONTACT Elements stands for solutions that are much more than the sum of their parts: individually outstanding, in interaction unique.

 

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