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Siemens Digital Industries Software merges virtual and real worlds in software, hardware, design, and manufacturing

Siemens PLM Software transforms into Siemens Digital Industries Software, and focuses on delivering digital future of industry today.

“Every industry we serve – from aerospace and automotive to electronic design – is transforming,” Siemens PLM Software officials in Plano, Texas, acknowledge. Siemens PLM Software, too, is undergoing a transformation, having just changed its name to Siemens Digital Industries Software.


The new name reflects the division’s position inside the core operating company, Siemens Digital Industries, as well as its evolution from a product lifecycle management (PLM) company to one delivering a broad portfolio of industrial software and services in support of digitalization strategies at companies around the world.


Research and advisory firm Gartner in Stamford, Connecticut, defines digitalization as “the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities; it is the process of moving to a digital business.”


Systems are becoming smarter, more automated, more connected, more digital, and, ultimately, more and more complex. It is, in turn, driving a dramatic increase in the complexity of how products are engineered and manufactured even as the cadence of innovation speeds up, Siemens officials say. “We believe engineering teams can best thrive in such environments with tools that blur the boundaries between physical and digital domains.”


Complexity, innovation, and a mission to help transform companies into digital enterprises sit at the core of the company’s introduction of Xcelerator, an integrated portfolio of software, services, and an application development platform that combines electronic design automation (EDA) through PLM, including design, simulation, and manufacturing. Among these tools is MindSphere for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Mendix, a low-code, multi-experience platform designed to help find new ways to leverage data to deliver value to customers and partners.   


“Xcelerator is not the design, engineering, and manufacturing software of tomorrow – it is the promise of a digital future of industry delivered today -- merging the virtual and real worlds in software, hardware, design, and manufacturing,” explain officials at Siemens Digital Industries Software, “Where Today Meets Tomorrow.”

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