The high-tech transport manufacturing industries like automotive and aerospace have globalised with customers, partners as well as competitors. Industrial partners are involved in multiple projects that involve the collaboration of multiple sites and multiple companies, supplying each other with specific services in engineering and manufacturing. To survive in this very competitive environment the European market will need to be inventive, innovative AND operationally excellent. This means that the European competitive edge based on their knowledge of novel high-tech solutions should be combined with fast, robust and low-cost product development and operationally excellent manufacturing. IDEaliSM aims to drastically improve the time-to-market and development cost of high-tech structures and systems through a radical change in the product development process by enabling the continuous integration of distributed and highly specialised development teams. To this end the project will deliver a new distributed, flexible and service-oriented development framework for multidisciplinary design and optimisation that is capable of integrating people, process and technology.