IBM and Engineous Software have formed a strategic alliance to deliver a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution for engineering process integration and design optimization.

Through this agreement, IBM PLM customers can incorporate Engineous’ Fiper and iSight technologies as a process integration and design optimization layer within their existing PLM infrastructures.

“Leading manufacturing companies are looking at PLM to improve product time to market, product quality, and to reduce production costs,” said Scott Hopkins, IBM PLM general manager. “IBM’s PLM strategy based on best of breed application software developed by Dassault Systemes, open middleware and consulting and integration services, combined with Engineous’ process integration and design optimization applications provide a total solution for manufacturing organizations who want to increase efficiencies and better serve their customers.”

Engineous’ iSight software enables the integration and automation of commercial and internally developed computer aided design and engineering tools (CAD and CAE). Fiper software is a Web-based, distributed product development infrastructure that allows organizations to access, execute and reuse design tools and processes. The software allows resources to be connected within an organization and externally with partners.

Under the terms of this agreement, Cary-based Engineous and IBM, which has a large facility in RTP, will jointly market the Fiper and iSight applications, which make use of IBM WebSphere Internet infrastructure software and IBM DB2 Universal Database to ensure operation with existing PLM environments. IBM Global Services will also be providing implementation, training and hosting services for the solutions.

“IBM has consistently offered the best overall enterprise middleware solutions,” said Siu Tong, chairman and founder of Engineous. “These technologies are crucial to our customers’ ability to deploy mission-critical applications like our new Fiper technology. We will use this new initiative to bring even better products to our global customer base, ensuring their success through the strong commitment of IBM’s Global Services group to deliver world-class consulting, customization, integration services, and technical support.”