3D XML includes, for example, automation support, FEA results, and materials rendering. A Collaborative Enterprise Sourcing function combines engineering and sourcing into one desktop environment, letting users design for supply, parts reuse, and obsolescence management throughout the product life cycle. V5R17's ad-hoc review and dynamic-approval capabilities are said to let firms respond rapidly to global competition.

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