Most of us know what Product Data Management (PDM) is, but have we stopped to ask Why PDM? Of all the enterprise solutions, why invest in PDM? This piece was written in hopes of addressing just that.
Let's Set the Tone...
It was a dark and stormy …Tuesday, at the office! Your company has a new project and everyone is excited. You think you’re making some serious headway. Emphasis on the word think. You see, you’ve been working on an assembly, but Dave the Designer, who works down the hall has some related files. It’s not until you submit your work that you realize, you’re not working on the latest iteration of this new project. At this point, you might bring your palm to your face, slam your keyboard a bit, or my personal favorite, look at your screen blankly while your eye twitches and whisper to yourself, “This is fine.”
By the way, this is not fine, but you know that already. Yet, you, along with many others, continue to manage your data manually. And it happens to companies of all sizes, in all places, way too often. So Why PDM? To avoid catastrophes.
PDM allows you to manage, formalize, and optimize your data, which in turn leads to:
- Seamless Collaboration
- Standard Archives
- Secure Access
Let’s dig in to these benefits, shall we?
Remember Dave the Designer from our horror story earlier? What would happen if he worked even farther than just down the hall? With PDM, you can collaborate across multiple offices, multiple devices, multiple time zones and even multiple continents. This allows you access to the things you need, at the critical times that you need them. It also means, project management becomes that much easier for your client. In fact, Dave the Designer could approve something halfway across the world, and Sam the Sales Person can whip out his iPad at a customer site, to show progress on that same project, minutes later.
And by ‘Standard’ we mean, you set the standard ! How often are you using the same parts to build out a project or design? Are you re-using those parts now? Maybe you are, and so you’re ahead of the game…but how easy is it for you to locate these files? Does this look familiar?
Shared Folder > Sub Folder > Other Folder > Other Folder with Conflicted Copy > Part > Partv2 > USE THIS PART!
With SOLIDWORKS PDM locating files is easier than ever since you are the one who builds and customizes your vault. This simplifies your search process and also creates a standard method for everyone in the company. Just imagine you never having to name a file ever again, because it’s automated in a way that’s familiar for all departments.
Maybe someone outside of Dave the Designer would benefit from having the updated version of your project? After all, I did mention that Sam the Sales Person likes to show his clients progress right from his iPad. Wait a minute, what if Sam the Sales Person jumps the gun and shares it with his clients before it’s done? Well, PDM also allows you to set the proper rules and permissions in place to (come on, you know what I’m going to say…) avoid a catastrophe. So don’t worry, with things like revision control in place, we’ll make sure Sam only receives the file, after Peter the Project Manager has approved it.
If You Don't Know, Now You Know!
In the final analysis, you can see that PDM as an enterprise solution is the way to go for a streamlined workflow. Aside from massive savings in time and money, your business can be seamless, standard, and secure. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please don’t hesitate in reaching out.
DesignPoint is invested in your success, so not only do we sell SOLIDWORKS PDM, but we can also advise you on your setup, customization, installation, and implementation.
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