Episode 8 - Product Data Management Overkill


Is Product Data Management Overkill for Small Design Teams?

Small design teams face a tough choice for managing product data. Should they implement a simple document management solution? A CAD-only data management tool? Or go for something bigger that manages the BOM through to manufacturing? Analysts Chad and Jim don’t agree and you get to vote. Plus see who had to take a very public plunge in the pool at COFES - the conference that brings the leaders of the engineering software industry together.


PTC’s View


Without basic CAD data management, it’s difficult for organizations to effectively collaborate and improve their productivity. PTC Windchill PDM Essentials empowers smaller organizations to effectively organize and manage their product content so they can improve design reuse, broaden access to product information across roles and ensure control over design versions and release processes.

Smaller manufacturers face the same challenges as larger companies: the complexity of bringing products to market and the need to continually innovate. Yet, while large manufacturers have long relied on enterprise-class PLM solutions to help coordinate strategy and planning activities related to product development, small businesses have often shied away from adopting such solutions due to perceived deployment complexity.

PTC has taken the strengths of its enterprise PLM solution and created a "right sized" package for small companies. PTC Windchill PDM Essentials is easy to deploy, containing everything a customer needs to get up and running - including a Microsoft SQL Server database - in one easy-to-install package.

This offering also helps companies scale business and product development activities to ensure repeatability. For example, rudimentary processes may be sufficient if there are only a few people involved in product development. But as a company grows, a lack of defined, scalable processes can cause confusion and chaos. PTC Windchill PDM Essentials allows customers to enable simple controls and processes to help make everyone more efficient. This helps keep costs low and output high, while maintaining flexibility and adaptability, and maximizing ROI.

Based on PTC’s production-proven PLM software, PTC Windchill PDM Essentials offers a quick to deploy, easy–to-use offering that can improve your ROI. By managing product data from PTC Creo, as well as many other CAD systems, you can ensure data integrity and enable concurrent engineering.

PTC Windchill PDM Essentials is right-sized for the existing needs of smaller teams and companies. And it provides the foundation for additional capabilities that a growing company may require in the future.