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SOLIDWORKS Manage: When PDM Just Isn't Enough

By Lisa Hughey on September 24, 2018

Every now and then, a PDM user or vault administrator envisions a usage case that's just a bit outside the current PDM functionality, or possibly in a different wheelhouse altogether. This happens with the newly initiated, as well as software veterans. You'll use a feature and think, "If only there was a button to [insert idea here]."

SOLIDWORKS Project ManagementToday, we'll look into a new addition to the SOLIDWORKS Data Management suite that may meet some of those needs... SOLIDWORKS Manage. This product was introduced with SOLIDWORKS 2018 and fits between product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM). The fundamental difference between the two is that PDM is a file-based management system in which all operations and activities involve a physical file, while PLM is a record-based management system that handles items without any requirement for a physical file. 

Data Management Bubble

SOLIDWORKS Manage stands on four pillars:

  • SOLIDWORKS Item Management Project Management- track timelines and resources 
  • Item Management- edit and drive BOM content
  • Process Management- identify decision points, involve ad hoc approvers, assign tasks
  • Dashboards and Reports- interactive graphical display of desired info 

SOLIDWORKS Process ManagementSOLIDWORKS Manage capabilities build upon the familiar PDM concepts of data card fields, fast and easy searching, computed bills of material, workflows, and (saving the best for last) sophisticated SQL queries. 

SOLIDWORKS Manage licenses - CAD Editor, Contributor and Viewer - include the corresponding PDM Professional client license. Each gives you access to your PDM vault, along with an add-in for SOLIDWORKS Manage (accessible within the PDM local vault view), as well as an independent SOLIDWORKS Manage user interface. From a seat standpoint, this offers a simple path forward for existing PDM clients. Please reach out to us for information about the SOLIDWORKS Manage benefits, and we'll evaluate and recommend the option that's right for you. 

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