SMS group Improves Engineer Productivity with OpenText

OpenText Exceed TurboX helps manufacturer increase productivity and reliability, reduce costs and enable global collaboration.


  • Required a solution that could be easily accessible worldwide
  • Need for a system that can seamlessly run graphically demanding server-based applications


  • Increased productivity for engineers with global user access to data
  • Improved performance of graphically demanding applications
  • Reduced costs by eliminating expensive, dedicated workstations

SMS group GmbH (SMS) is a German, family-owned business originally founded in 1871, with approximately 13,500 employees and annual revenues of €3.5 billion. As a leading, global partner for the metal industry, SMS focuses on quality and innovation, striving to add value worldwide.

SMS engineers perform numerous complex calculations and simulations when designing and constructing a solution for clients. The group was using expensive and noisy personal workstations, and desperately needed a more efficient, flexible and collaborative way to work.

Dr.-Ing. Christian Imiela, manager of Calculations and Structure Analyses at SMS group, expanded on the challenges and why they ultimately turned to OpenText Exceed TurboX. “In order to prepare finite element calculations, our engineers use MSC Marc and Mentat software, which requires enormous graphical and computational power. More than a decade ago, we decided to move away from personal workstations to a Unix based data center. This meant we needed a powerful remote access solution for our staff to gain access around the globe. After evaluating a number of solutions, we chose OpenText Exceed TurboX, which is very reliable and provides us the remote data center access we need, from anywhere in the world.”

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