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How to Leverage Codebeamer and Windchill RV&S in Tandem

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Written by Carlos Almeida
Published on April 12, 2024

Innovation is a pivotal factor in distinguishing products within the fast-paced industries of life sciences and healthcare. In order to stay at the forefront of innovation, organizations are on a continuous quest to enhance their Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) systems. During that quest, companies using PTC’s Windchill RV&S could be looking at a Codebeamer investment to enhance their ALM capabilities. They may be unsure if the PTC modern solution Codebeamer is worth the additional investment. In order to understand the advanced capabilities of PTC’s Codebeamer, PTC has created a way for Windchill RV&S clients to maintain their trust and investment in RV&S while exploring Codebeamer’s main features

The Need for a Dual ALM Strategy

The landscape of product development, especially in sectors driven by software differentiation, demands a more agile, cloud-compatible, and continuously innovative approach. The ability to test and deliver product iterations is imperative. Many organizations face challenges such as the inability to adopt Agile methodologies, continuous software builds, and updates. It is difficult to maintain a competitive edge in innovation within the constraints of their current ALM tools.

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PTC recognizes these challenges and understands clients may want to pursue a dual ALM strategy to determine the value between Codebeamer and Windchill RV&S. Because of this, PTC has introduced a dual-use licensing model. This initiative not only acknowledges the strengths and capabilities of both platforms but offers a seamless transition pathway for companies looking to modernize their ALM without disrupting existing projects.

Benefits of Renewing RV&S Subscription with Codebeamer

For Windchill RV&S clients, the renewal of their RV&S subscription with Codebeamer unfolds numerous advantages, marking a pivotal step toward digital transformation:

Accelerated Software Innovation

Codebeamer’s integration capabilities with existing toolchains like Jira, GitHub, GitLab, and Jenkins streamline the software development process, enabling faster innovation and product differentiation.

Streamlined Regulatory Compliance

The move towards Codebeamer offers simplified and automated preparations for audits, adhering to stringent standards and regulatory requirements such as ISO 26262, 21 CFR Part 11, and DO-178C.

Modern Architectural Support

Codebeamer’s web-based UI and cloud support present a modern architectural framework, making it an attractive proposition for companies aiming to migrate to the cloud.  This modern ALM has more than just requirements, which is what most companies developing applications in the medical device and other highly regulated industries.

Dual Use Licensing

Perhaps the most significant benefit is the dual-use licensing, allowing customers to operate Windchill RV&S and Codebeamer concurrently. This flexibility ensures a smooth transition tailored to each organization’s pace, minimizing disruption and maximizing the utility of both systems.

Transitioning from Windchill RV&S to Codebeamer

Due to both Windchill RV&S and Codebeamer being owned by PTC, a dual licensing option provides a unique opportunity for organizations to gradually transition from Windchill RV&S to Codebeamer. This phased approach allows for:

  • Evaluation of current processes and determination of how Codebeamer can augment or replace existing workflows.
  • Adoption of Agile and DevOps methodologies facilitated by Codebeamer’s architecture.
  • Utilization of Codebeamer’s out-of-the-box templates that support industry-specific regulatory and safety requirements, enhancing compliance and audit readiness.
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Clients can review Customer Success Stories like Medtronic, Navya, and DATATRAK.  These companies have already reaped the benefits of implementing Codebeamer, citing improved agility, software innovation velocity, and product quality. These success stories serve as benchmarks for other organizations contemplating the shift towards a more integrated and modern ALM solution.

What’s Next for Windchill RV&S Clients?

It is evident, the dual-use licensing component represents a forward-thinking approach to ALM by PTC. It provides a roadmap for organizations looking to evolve their quality management processes, adopt agile methodologies, and ensure compliance with regulatory standards, all while leveraging the strengths of two industry-leading platforms. As companies continue to navigate the complexities of modern product development, such strategic decisions will be instrumental in shaping the future of ALM systems. SPK and Associates are one of the leading PTC partners, as well as experts in Windchill RV&S and Codebeamer. If you have any questions, contact our team of experts today

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