The co-existence strategy is a transitory state with the primary advantage of introducing the V6 technology in a more flexible and non-disruptive manner. The co-existence strategy uses two different approaches:
• Co-existence at the design level engages V5 and V6 solutions in parallel. The new work is performed in V6 while data managed in V5 remains the same.
• Co-existence at the process level means that some new business processes are implemented in V6, in conjunction with the SmarTeam V5 implementation. Bill of Material (BOM) Management and Program Management are examples. These processes will view the V5 data managed in SmarTeam as needed but will not upload or upgrade the data.
DS will provide a variety of technical tools and the necessary mechanisms so that the exchange of the useful data from the legacy V5 system to the new V6 system can be implemented as needed by the Coexist or Migrate strategy chosen by the customer.