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Friday, March 03, 2006

New collaborative applications are redefining the way companies create and deliver intellectual property to the market. Collaborative software development (CSD) solutions enable engineers, marketers, manufacturers, and service providers to share information and coordinate activities without compromising the integrity or security of the engineering process. New CSD technologies help companies navigate complex market forces, including the drive toward multisite development environments, the diffusion of product development resources, and the proliferation of software.
Current collaborative technologies can be segmented into three environments: free-form interaction, process collaboration, and structured data exchange (see Exhibit 1). CSD solutions deliver process collaboration capabilities. Enabling stakeholders, including internal staff and external service providers, to collaborate in the software development process will determine how quickly and efficiently companies can build customized corporate systems and bring software-dependent (both software-only and hardware with embedded systems) products to market.

Current market conditions demand new software development strategies. The talent and capacity required to create and deliver valuable intellectual property no longer resides within the four walls of the corporate headquarters. Because of growing corporate agility, buyer access to digital information, and demand for mass customization, time-to-market pressures are increasing. Software has become the distinguishing characteristic of effective Global 2000 organizations, enabling them to successfully introduce new products.

Companies must effectively manage diffused software development resources (both people and IP) to deliver effective products to markets and to develop competitive corporate systems. New collaborative applications help companies create and deliver intellectual property to market. Collaborative software development solutions enable engineers, marketers, manufacturers, and service providers to share information and coordinate activities without compromising the integrity or security of the engineering process. New CSD technologies help companies navigate complex market forces, including the drive toward multisite development environments, the diffusion of product development resources, and the proliferation of software.

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