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March 28, 2005

Hitachi GST deploys Agile PLM to consolidate product information

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, a developer of hard disk drives, has implemented product lifecycle management software from San Jose, California-based Agile Software to accelerate new product introductions, compress product change cycle times, reduce costs and improve quality across its product portfolio.

By CBR Staff Writer

Agile said the product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation involved the consolidation of legacy data into a single system using its Product Collaboration software, and the integration of Agile Engineering Collaboration to four CAD systems, with users split between the US and Japan. This last application allows Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) designers to interact with Agile PLM from their native design applications, and provides a collaborative workspace for Hitachi GST engineers in disparate locations to share mechanical and electrical designs.

Agile also integrated Hitachi GST to four different CAD systems-including a 2D, 3D and an electrical design system. Agile Engineering Collaboration also

Hitachi GST was formed in 2003 as a result of the strategic combination of IBM and Japanese electronics company Hitachi’s storage technology businesses. As a result of this merger, Hitachi GST was left with five years of data history and more than 150,000 historical CAD designs captured in three legacy systems.

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