Actify Automotive Program Management (APM) Suite Now Generally Available, Debuts at PowerPlex 21
APM Suite is Automotive Industry’s First Purpose-Built Solution for Top Tier Suppliers
Detroit, MI – May 24, 2021 – Actify, the leading provider of visualization and program management solutions for the automotive supply chain, announces the general availability of its cloud-based Actify Automotive Program Management (APM) suite, and early adoption by several leading automotive suppliers including Modineer Company, a supplier of quality metal products to the automotive industry. The APM Suite is being debuted at PowerPlex21, where attendees can preview how Actify APM integrates with Plex Systems’ Smart Manufacturing Platform.
“We have an ambitious vision to transform program management,” said Dave Opsahl, CEO, Actify. “In speaking with many customers in the automotive industry, it became clear that program management needs a purpose-built solution to drive significantly improved collaboration, efficiency, and productivity throughout the OEM supply program lifecycle.
We simply could not have reached this critical milestone without the guidance and participation of our Customer Advisory Board and the dozens of suppliers who have provided input on behalf of the automotive industry.”
Program managers play a pivotal role in enabling top-tier automotive suppliers to satisfy the demands of their OEM customers while simultaneously achieving their companies’ performance goals. They support the bidding process to win new business, and are responsible for coordinating all the departments, locations, and suppliers involved in designing and engineering custom program parts and assemblies. Program managers do not have an established line-of-business software system, such as ERP, CRM or PLM, to support their work. Instead, the overwhelming majority use software tools they have developed themselves using off-the-shelf office and project management software.
“Homegrown program management tools represent a vulnerability for the supplier community,” said Mike Lewandowski, Director of Business Systems at Modineer Company. “Actify’s new solution provides suppliers like us with a company-wide environment for all team members engaged in program management across our multiple manufacturing plants to communicate and collaborate more effectively.”
Actify APM is a purpose-built, enterprise class software suite that orchestrates the integration of people and data across the end-to-end automotive program lifecycle. It builds on Actify’s expertise in visualization and advanced product data management capabilities to integrate with customers’ existing systems and adapt them to support program-based manufacturing. With Actify APM, customers can greatly improve productivity, customer service and business results while eliminating the burden and risk associated with their homegrown, often spreadsheet-based software tools.
The Actify APM Suite is being released in stages, beginning with the Actify Centro Platform and Actify Program Management, which manages post-award program phases. The suite is delivered as a service based on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, requiring no specialized customer hardware or IT support.
Availability of Actify APM comes at a moment when the automotive supplier community is facing a ramp in program volume associated with automakers announcing a raft of new EV models. Accommodating the additional programs puts further stress on program management teams and increases the urgency for an enterprise-class software solution specifically designed for this task.
For 15+ years, Actify has been helping manufacturers to visualize and interact with design and engineering information. We’ve led the industry in creating easy-to-use tools that are affordable and improve quality and productivity. Now, Actify is applying everything we have learned to meet the unique needs of automotive program teams. Actify serves a global base of more than 1500 companies using Centro for collaboration and integration and SpinFire for CAD visualization. Actify is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan with sales and support in 45 countries through its offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and China, and a global network of partners. For more information, please visit www.actify.com and www.spinfire.com.
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