Enterprise Data Management

PDM is a Personal Productivity Tool

Ready for a rousing debate on Product Data Management (PDM)? It may not be the most compelling topic, but reading up on it has its uses. In a pinch, it’s a surefire way to get to sleep on time. It’s a fine alternative to watching paint dry. And make no mistake, if you’re ever trying …

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The Diverging State of PDM

A little more than a year ago, I wrote post titled The PDM Revolution is Upon Us, Brought to You by CAD in the Cloud, which postulated what would happen as some PLM providers moved their CAD offerings to the cloud. Fast forward to today, and things haven’t quite played out as I suggested.

PDM Capabilities: The Right Fit for Small Organizations

Technology can be a powerful thing. But is it always a good fit for every organization? The proposed advantages and benefits may sound appealing, but sometimes new tech can actually introduce more bureaucracy and disruption than it solves. In today’s post, I’ll look at what aspects of PLM and PDM systems make sense for smaller …

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PDM: Boon or Plague?

Wow. So PDM is a hot topic now, eh? Over the past few weeks, we’ve had our Tech4PD episode on PDM for small organizations and a slew of blog posts on the topic. While there’s a lot of content out there to browse through on PDM, one post got my attention this week from… *drumroll*… Oleg Shilovitsky from Autodesk.

Has PLM Been Misdirected All This Time Around?

Deploying PLM. I know few technical champions that face the prospect of starting a PLM deployment with earnest joy. Mostly, that’s because it can be a long, hard slog. According to posts like this one there are fundamental pieces of PLM that you really need to put in place before you get into more advanced capabilities of PLM. Concurrent Engineering, a PTC reseller and author of the blog post above, is by no means alone. You’ll find such posts on the basics, foundation or fundamentals of PLM all over the place. This view has been in place for years now.

Engineering-less PLM?

Back in September, Yoann Maingon over at Minerva, an Aras reseller, wrote a blog post that got my attention:Stop Starting PLM from Engineering!!! The gist of the post boils down to this excerpt. Start your implementation’s phase 1 out(side) of engineering and you’ll get live much faster. These people need integrated systems and their processes are more stable then in engineering. As you can see, it’s another traditional perspective on… wait… what?

Is PDM Disruption Ready?

What’s it take to get some love? At one time, PDM was the bleeding edge of the software industry for product development. After trying to manually manage the complex interrelationships between CAD files and documents, people were ecstatic to have a system that would just do it. Initially, it was seen as a miraculous boon. …

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The Many Faces of Product Data Management

As I’ve said before and I’m sure I’ll say again, terminology in this industry can be a source of confusion. And even though it’s been around for quite some time, PDM can actually fall into that same category. If nothing to add a little more clarity to how PDM is defined in the posts on …

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PDM-less PLM: Is It Pragmatic or Just Problematic?

Since PLM was first conceived, it has almost been inseparable from PDM. The majority of PLM deployments included PDM as part of the PLM deployments. However, more recently, the idea that PDM must be deployed with PLM has been eschewed. Some new PLM solutions only offer plug-ins or integrations to 3rd party PDM systems, all of which is optional. Is this a good or bad idea?