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T-Systems, Dassault Syst`emes and Fujitsu launch ground breaking new PLM solution to South African market

Johannesburg, 05 Jul 2017
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Michael Frans, NatashaSampson and Steven Kramer.
Michael Frans, NatashaSampson and Steven Kramer.

* T-Systems South Africa and Dassault Syst`emes extend their global partnership to the South African market.
* The PLM solutions combine Dassault Syst`emes' 3DExperience Platform integrated by T-Systems with Fujitsu's industrial computer kiosks for use on factory floors and rugged environments.
* The disruptive solution is a South African innovation emerging from a local partnership of international based organisations, and offers local support and investment.

Information and communication technology (ICT) service provider, T-Systems South Africa, have extended their partnership with Dassault Syst`emes, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, into the South African market. In looking for a disruptive approach to the market, ICT company Fujitsu South Africa, have brought their Industrial Kiosk to the partnership, which will bring a revolutionary approach to PLM that caters to the rugged environments and heavy demands of the industrial sector. These solutions launched officially at the Dassault Syst`emes "Innovate the Future" event held at T-Systems in Midrand on the 4th July 2017.

The combination of Dassault Syst`emes' unique 3DExperience Platform with Fujitsu's industrial computer kiosks with built-in track pads and palm vein user authentication, all neatly packaged as part of T-Systems' extensive value-added solution, result in a unique end to end PLM products and services offering. With this partnership, T-Systems and Dassault Syst`emes plan to offer Dassault Syst`emes' 3dExperience Platform from the cloud, a first in the PLM space in South Africa. In addition, T-Systems will make access to High Performance Computing available to the local market. Touted as the first real "Simulation-as-a-Service" offering in South Africa, the disruptive, cloud-based solution aims to make PLM accessible to the South African engineering and manufacturing industry.

Currently aimed to solve the problems of managing design and product simulation, the paperless solutions enable organisations to manage their products and services from design and engineering to the customer environment - making it ideal for the needs of the automotive and manufacturing industries, as well as other sectors of the economy, from the financial sector to Smart City programmes. The solutions promise to eradicate problems typically associated with traditional processes, such as damage and loss of paper-based designs, complex change tracking and repetitive hardware repairs and replacements due to the rugged environment of an industrial area.

Steven Kramer, Natasha Sampson and Michael Frans.
Steven Kramer, Natasha Sampson and Michael Frans.

"The planning, design and management of products or services will become a whole lot simpler and easier to manage with these PLM solutions," says Michael Frans, Head of Business Development and Strategy for Automotive and Manufacturing Industries at T-Systems. "Users will be able to use the software easily, and take advantage of true collaboration across organisations. In the production areas, using the Fujitsu kiosk's system, production staff will be able to view the current build instructions, and important production information. These solutions mean that the time spent on design, redesign and fine tuning a product or service is reduced, while records of changes are able to be stored and managed."

According to Natasha Sampson, Partner Acquisition and Partner Success Manager, Dassault Syst`emes, South Africa is ripe for solutions addressing end-to-end business processes. "We believe that South Africa is a growing market with businesses that are beginning to recognise the value in the use of virtual applications to remain a step ahead of competition. We are strongly invested in South Africa - a common thread between ourselves and both T-Systems and Fujitsu - and are proud of an innovation of this disruptive scale emerging from these shores."

T-Systems' Managing Director, Gert Schoonbee, seconds this belief, saying, "At T-Systems, we have long been believers in developing, growing and retaining local talent within South Africa, and the market disruption that this solution promises to bring about is yet another way that we, as a nation, are proving to be at the forefront of technology. T-Systems, Dassault Syst`emes and Fujitsu all have local presence within South Africa, and as such, we are best positioned to service the local market."

Steven Kramer, Channel & Marketing Manager: ESA at Fujitsu, says of the partnership, "We see value in real partnerships, such as this one which brings a unique PLM offering to market. Dassault Syst`emes has a fantastic software solution, Fujitsu has a hardware offering that is uniquely suited to launch the software solution, and T-Systems has the knowledge, experience and cloud platform to link it all together and offer it as an end-to-end solution, including Fujitsu Servers and server platforms as needed by customers. The combination of our abilities and strengths will enable us to pave the way for new opportunities as we identify new problems we can solve - the possibilities are endless."

Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of 31 December 2014). The group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228 000 employees worldwide. The group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year - more than 60% of it outside Germany.


Deutsche Telekom considers the European business customer segment a strategic growth area. Deutsche Telekom offers small, medium-sized and multinational companies ICT solutions for an increasingly complex digital world. In addition to services from the cloud, the range of services is centred around M2M and security solutions, complementary mobile communications and fixed network products, and solutions for virtual collaboration and IT platforms, all of which forms the basis for its customers' digital business models.

With approximately 47 800 employees worldwide, T-Systems generated revenue of around EUR 8,6 billion in the 2014 financial year.

Since the inception of T-Systems in South Africa in 1997, the company has cemented its position as one of the most successful T-Systems companies outside of Europe. A leading ICT outsourcing service provider locally, T-Systems offers end-to-end ICT solutions in both the ICT Operations and Systems Integration markets. Their extensive portfolio of services covers the vertical, horizontal, IT and TC space. T-Systems South Africa's head office is located in Midrand with another major office in Cape Town, and 20 further representative offices in locations throughout Southern Africa.

Fujitsu South Africa

The evolving nature of every business means changes, enhancements and upgrades to its data centre infrastructure. Businesses are finding data centre upgrades to be not only disruptive but also costly. There is a constant need to re-train and re-skill data centre staff in order to effectively manage applications whilst ensuring data availability, security and energy consumption optimisation. Not to mention maintaining compliance and service level agreements.

Fujitsu South Africa's approach to servers, mainframes, storage and integrated systems offers the flexibility to tailor data centre technologies to its customer's specific requirements. It provides the benefits of secure, robust, future-proofed technologies from a single source supported by a unique, consultative approach. This ensures you get exactly what your organisation demands bringing true business value to companies.


Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155 000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. It uses its experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with its customers. Fujitsu (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US $40 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2017. For more information, please see

Fujitsu EMEIA

Fujitsu enables customers to capitalise on digital opportunities with confidence, by helping them to balance robust ICT and digital innovation. Fujitsu's full portfolio of products, solutions and services gives its customers a competitive advantage in the era of digital transformation. In Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) the company employs more than 29 000 people. For more information, please see

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