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Siemens speeds digital future of industry with Xcelerator

16 October 2019

Siemens has announced Xcelerator, an integrated portfolio of software, services and application development platform that can be personalised and adapted to fit customer and industry-specific needs to help companies of all sizes become digital enterprises.

Xcelerator combines the full portfolio of Siemens’ software for design, engineering and manufacturing with an expanded Mendix low-code, multi-experience application development platform. The Mendix platform now includes cloud and app services for digital engineering and Internet of Things (IoT) powered by MindSphere the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens, in addition to Mendix’s market-leading unified low-code and no-code development environments.

Unique to Xcelerator, this platform drives digital transformation by enabling anyone in the ecosystem, including citizen developers and engineers to easily build, integrate and extend their existing data and systems.

The company also announced that Siemens PLM Software has become Siemens Digital Industries Software, a change intended to reflect the growth in the company’s ecosystem and portfolio of solutions, applications, tools and services that are driving digital transformation at organisations across the globe.

“Siemens has a long history of delivering innovation by blurring the boundaries between engineering and operational domains and bringing together the virtual and real worlds. Xcelerator continues that tradition, combining our full portfolio of software that spans from electronic design automation through product lifecycle management with the Mendix platform and MindSphere for IoT. Unique to Xcelerator is the ability to build personalised applications that can capture feedback and performance and feed those insights back into design and manufacturing -- delivering on the promise of the Digital Enterprise across the discrete and process industries,” said Tony Hemmelgarn, CEO, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “I am also excited to be moving into the future as Siemens Digital Industries Software – a new identity that reflects our broad portfolio of digitalisation software and services that are where design, engineering and manufacturing meet tomorrow.”

Xcelerator Integrates Siemens’ Industrial Software Portfolio

Siemens has built the broadest and deepest portfolio of software for electronic and mechanical design, system simulation, manufacturing, operations and lifecycle analytics. Xcelerator brings together and integrates that portfolio with embedded tools and databases that connect to existing Information Technology, Operational Technology and Engineering Technology environments. This enables unique workflows that leverage a broad range of Siemens technology. Capital software, from Mentor, has been embedded into NX software to allow experts across engineering disciplines to create new products collaboratively. Siemens Opcenter solution has been integrated with Valor software to expand the digital thread from design to manufacturing, providing continuous quality improvement, and Siemens recently integrated multiple automotive validation tools to create the PAVE360 pre-silicon autonomous validation environment. This open integration allows for rapid innovation and validation of products and operations by creating the most precise digital twin, which melds model-based simulations with test data and real performance analytics.

With its Digital Enterprise Portfolio, Siemens Digital Industries provides companies of all sizes an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalise the entire value chain. Xcelerator is the technical software foundation for a company’s digital enterprise that enables continuous ingenuity in product performance, product development, production operations and lifecycle support. The Xcelerator portfolio is comprised of multiple applications and solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Embedded Software and Internet of Things (IoT). This integrated portfolio supports automation of a business from top floor to shop floor, orchestrates the flow of information between all Xcelerator ecosystem participants to create a traceable digital thread and enables an open and collaborative environment with speed and agility.

Mendix Application Development Platform Powers Xcelerator Ecosystem

Following last year’s acquisition of Mendix, the global leader in low-code and no-code application development for the enterprise, Siemens is expanding the Mendix platform to bring the power of the cloud and its market-leading rapid application development environment to its customers to help them build apps that can integrate and extend their current solutions with new types of data, systems and to new users. With the addition of app services for IoT powered by MindSphere, digital engineering, and system integrations, the Mendix platform can now be used to unlock even more data from any system, and bi-directionally connect it to applications and devices. The Mendix platform offers Xcelerator customers the ability to build multi-experience apps and share data on any device, from any location, on any cloud and any platform and more quickly realise the benefits of digital transformation.

With the ability to build apps that consume and expose data from a broad range of IT systems and applications, Xcelerator enables companies of all sizes and in any point in the supply chain, to digitally transform their businesses through software solutions that are personalised, adaptable and support new ways of working. Whether organisations require on-premise solutions, seek a mix of cloud-connected solutions, or want to work exclusively on the cloud, Xcelerator helps enterprises realise their digital futures at the pace and configuration that best suits them.