People continue to thirst for better ways to connect and collaborate. With Windchill SocialLink new, modern, Web 2.0 approaches for enhanced communication are now available for product development.
Windchill SocialLink provides engineers the ability to come together not only in “Communities of Practice” (think: plastics, hydraulics, six sigma), but also in “Product Communities” linked to Windchill containers of product information (think: tractor, airplane, computer), providing a new platform for efficient communication.
The Social Toolbar is an important component of Windchill SocialLink in that it provides quick access to these communities.
The Social Toolbar, in both Windchill 9.1 and Windchill 10.0, gives easy access to your communities and social network of colleagues right inside the environment where you’re spending much of your time – the PLM system.
You can naturally discover the social product development capabilities provided by Windchill SocialLink and utilize a network of people for more effective product development. For example, in Windchill SocialLink 2.0 you can post to your Product Community directly from Windchill about a problem you are trying to solve or provide an update to the team about the status of your work. These posts will appear in the activity stream for that Product Community for everyone on the team to see.
Product teams will shorten feedback cycles and stay better connected with these Product Communities which are effortlessly accessed from Windchill. Not only can you post to the Product Community for the product team, but you can also reach out to your entire social network via the social toolbar. This could be a Community of Practice or a specific set of colleagues that you follow.
Community access can now be easily leveraged from the product development environment with the Social Toolbar and opens up all kinds of opportunities to leverage a community or network to help problem solve, explore ideas, make communication more efficient, find experts, and share information.
In the near future, the Social Toolbar concept will not be limited to Windchill only. PTC has the Social Toolbar working with Creo 2.0 in the R&D labs today and this will become available in the spring. There are also plans for the Social Toolbar in Mathcad and all the other applications provided by PTC.
We even think this concept can carry over to third-party applications, as well. What’s your opinion? Do you feel that naturally discovering a network of people right in the workflow of your daily job (i.e. your engineering toolset) is beneficial?