Implementing a service-oriented PLM architecture focusing on support for engineering change management

Dag Bergsjo, Amer Catic, Johan Malmqvist
2008 International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management  
Keywords: PLM, product lifecycle management, SOA, service oriented architecture, PLM Services 2.0 The second approach is information level integration where the systems are integrated on a higher abstraction level, with a common information model (Hallin et al. 2004 ). Crnkovic et al. (Crnkovic et al. 2003) describe the problems of integration of two classes of engineering IT systems, namely Product Data Management (PDM) and Software Configuration System (SCM) integration. The main cause of the
more » ... challenges of integration between PDM and SCM system is the fundamental difference regarding the visions, assumptions and underlying technologies in the two separate domains which is recognizable for many IT systems used at large companies. Persson-Dahlqvist concludes that there are three major factors which have to be considered during a successful integration: tools and technologies, processes, and culture and people's behavior (Persson-Dahlqvist 2005) . Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is an approach to design software applications and specifically within the scope of this paper, a PLM system that is not dependent on a rigid server and client architecture of a multi-tier environment. SOA will make it possible to integrate systems that are heterogeneous (that have custom information models and processes, and is therefore a possible approach to bridging gaps between e.g. PDM and SCM systems under the PLM umbrella. The idea is to create services that collect, distribute and even modify information in several databases. These services are then reachable from e.g. the user PLM interface when a function that involves several disciplines has to be carried out. SOA is an architecture that can be enabled by a web-driven architecture by the use of java services that utilizes protocols such as XML, SOAP and WSDL for
doi:10.1504/ijplm.2008.027010 fatcat:v253oxs6j5djxlhena756v3z2m