Microsoft offers a guide that helps companies involved in the design and manufacture of new products to understand the benefits of a collaborative product development solution based on the Microsoft Office System. It describes one way in which a collaborative product development solution could be developed for a manufacturing organization.
Software tools and e-learning applications may facilitate greatly new product development (NPD) processes by minimising costs and reducing risks associated with NPD. The NDP roadmap that we have developed at URENIO may help companies and organisations to create new products or upgrade existing ones through a series of logical steps
The complexity of products created in distributed environments often requires close collaborations among a number of design and production partners. Since the early 1990s, many researchers have applied the agent technology in product design, manufacturing, process control and other production activities, at either the shop-floor level or the distributed level.