The “E” in EPDM Stands for Enterprise

epdm_imageIt’s frustrating when customers who purchase a Product Data Management (PDM) system finally realize the implications of having their company files and data in an access controlled software application. Sometime during the kickoff meeting someone asks the question “You mean if someone doesn’t have the software installed and a license to use it they can’t get to the files or data?” YES, that is absolutely right!
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Advanced Product Data Management Engines

From the last post on this topic, we’ve collected five basic “engines” at work in even the simplest Product Data Management (PDM) systems that manage CAD files:

  • File vaulting
  • CAD relationship interpretation
  • Multi-document file vaulting
  • Lifecycle
  • Security

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Recognizing Engines in Product Data Management

Most look at Product Data Management (PDM) systems and see software for managing/controlling documents, and maybe for performing other useful design/engineering housekeeping functions. When I look at PDM systems, I see collections of intertwined logic engines, connected to each other in meaningful ways to support configuration management practices. I like to break it down like this. Continue Reading

SharePoint-to-EPDM Integration by D2M3

Integrating business systems is always a hot topic. How do you get the information from a CAD system into a PDM system and then into an ERP system? Where do the information handoffs take place? Does the native file get passed along? Do we create a neutral-format rendition (eDrawing, PDF, DWF) to pass along? With the rise of Microsoft SharePoint, many companies are using it to disseminate information across their entire
enterprise. If the question is narrowed down to “how do I get my CAD information from EPDM into SharePoint,” then there is a solution. Continue Reading