Location: San Jose, CA
Industry: High Tech
Service: Integration Services and DesignState


the challenge

Cisco had a large, complex Oracle Agile PLM implementation. The company also used Windchill PDM, but it had no integration between the two systems.

This meant staff had to manually update the PLM system with design information associated with part numbers and BOMs. These manual processes were cumbersome and subject to errors and delays.

The company had put in place a tightly controlled PLM change environment to minimize negative impacts on the PLM system.


zws solution

ZWS surveyed the Cisco environment to understand its complexities and the impacts on the various teams involved. With deep knowledge of Agile PLM and Cisco’s processes ZWS could make the needed changes while minimizing the impact to Cisco’s widespread user community.

Using DesignState, ZWS implemented a bidirectional integration between the PDM and PLM systems. This integration provides the engineering team the ability to share early, accurate design information to the rest of the enterprise through the PLM system.


the benefits

All participants in the product design and development process now have timely and accurate information.

Part numbers and BOMs may be accurately shared early in the development process.

Delays and errors related to past manual data entry practices are eliminated.