• Five Ways Shape Search Drives Business Value shares the shortcomings of traditional search methodologies and how geometric search can complement them to drive new business value. The report includes some basics about shape search, five tangible ways it can improve business performance, and an example of how to calculate the ROI of a shape search investment.Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report or title to view the full PDF courtesy of our sponsor Siemens PLM (free of charge, no registration required).For more information, please visit the Siemens PLM Community blog to read the Shape … [ read more ]

    Five Ways Shape Search Drives Business Value (eBook)
  • Jim Brown contributed a guest post to the Siemens PLM Community blog discussing how R&D in the food and beverage industry can step up to the digital age to combat smaller, innovative companies that embrace the digital enterprise. This is the first of several posts that drill down on Surviving the New Competitive Landscape in Food and Beverage, a post that shares three ways that consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies can start their digitalization journey and discusses how that can help them avoid industry disruption.The first opportunity we're looking into is how the digital enterprise can improve … [ read more ]

    R&D Enters the Digital Age (guest post)
  • Please join Tech-Clarity's Michelle Boucher, Mark Turner from Alcon Labs, and Swapan Jha from PTC on Tuesday September 12, 2017 for a discussion on the right software solution for medical device engineering. The discussion will feature an interactive discussion between the panelists coving topics such as:Challenges facing medical device manufacturers. Why to consider the complete product lifecycle with respect to:Managing product and requirements. Transitioning from document to product centric approaches. Enabling smart and connected products.The best selection criteria for … [ read more ]

    Selecting the Right PLM Software for Medical Device Engineering (webcast)
  • Jim Brown contributed a guest post to the Siemens PLM Community blog discussing the opportunity for food and beverage companies to leverage digitalization and the digital enterprise to combat market disruption from new, innovate companies that are challenging current industry leaders. The post offers several ways that consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies can get started on their digital journey, achieve tangible business value, and combat challengers like Blue Apron and Amazon Fresh that are disrupting the status quo.The full post, Surviving the New Competitive Landscape in Food and Beverage, can be … [ read more ]

    Digitalization in Food and Beverage (guest post)
  • Dassault Systèmes continues to make significant progress on the 3DExperience vision they laid out 5 years ago. This strategy has seen them transform from a software vendor offering distinct solutions for a variety of functional areas to a company that leads with a strong business transformation message backed up by a platform of solutions. I dropped "PLM" from the title of last year's strategy review. I feel even better about that decision a year later. They now have a broad software suite brought to market as solutions tailored to support key initiatives in the vertical industries they serve. As times goes … [ read more ]

    Dassault Systèmes Strategy 2017+

Managing Design Data with SharePoint


SharePoint Data Management ThumbTech-Clarity Insight – Managing Design Data with SharePoint – Improving Product Design and Development using Low Overhead Collaboration Infrastructure explains how general document management and collaboration infrastructure can be extended to manage product designs. The report reviews the business benefits of controlling, accessing, and sharing design data and the challenges manufacturers face in  unmanaged environments. It then shares the experiences of four small to midsize manufacturers, Eurotech Benelux, FPEE, Teledyne, and Theebo Tech,  in various levels of maturity using SharePoint for design data.

The report concludes that manufacturers can get significant value from SharePoint-based solutions, but that SharePoint requires some important extensions in order to be effective. With these modifications, however, companies can take advantage of relatively low-cost infrastructure software from Microsoft that requires few IT resources to manage.

Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report to download a PDF overview (free of charge, no registration required).

For the full report, please visit Siemens PLM’s Solid Edge SP page (free of charge, registration required).

SharePoint PDM French ThumbWith special thanks to Siemens PLM, you can also download the full Managing Design Data with SharePoint paper in French (Gérer les donné de conception avec SharePoint) or download a French summary of Managing Design Data with SharePoint  (free of charge, no registration required).

Table of Contents

  • The Business Value of Effective Design Data Management
  • Control, Access, and Share Design Data
  • Avoid the Pitfalls of Unmanaged Data
  • Leverage Existing Infrastructure to Centralize and Collaborate
  • Pros of Managing Designs and Projects with SharePoint
  • Cons of Managing Designs and Projects with SharePoint
  • Explore SharePoint-based Design Management Solutions
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • About the Author

Executive Overview

Tech-Clarity research shows that effectively managing design data offers tangible business value. It helps manufacturers grow their business, respond rapidly to market changes, and control cost to improve profitability. Data management does this by helping companies better control, access, and share their designs and related product information. Unfortunately, data management solutions have been out of reach for some companies due to cost and lack of IT resources, forcing them to rely on less effective approaches like storing data on shared drives and folders. These unmanaged approaches are risky and lead to inefficiency and errors, often relying on designers to follow confusing naming standards and file storage processes.

One alternative to an unmanaged environment is to use a collaboration and document management platform such as Microsoft SharePoint to manage designs. This helps organize files and make information easier for designers to access. SharePoint is an attractive collaboration platform for manufacturers because it has a very low total cost of ownership (TCO), leverages existing investments, and requires very little user training.

Although SharePoint offers some level of control and collaboration, it does not natively support the complexity of product development and engineering data. But SharePoint is more than a tool. It is designed as a development platform that can be extended for special needs like engineering. Software vendors with expertise in product development and engineering have taken advantage of this, extending SharePoint to handle the unique needs of managing CAD files and their complex relationships.

SharePoint-based design management solutions allow engineers to simplify data management so they can focus on designing products. They help designers view and make sense of the relationships between CAD files, specifications, BOMs, and other product-related information. “With our SharePoint-based design management system we clearly see the links and inter-relationships between all of our designs and parts, we have more clarity, and it’s easier to see where things are used and the effect of design changes,” says Theodore Turner of Theebo Tech, “We can see the whole ball of twine.”

Although they may not offer all of the advanced capabilities and scalability found in purpose-built PDM/PLM systems, SharePoint-based solutions can offer the best of both worlds by combining the business value of better design data management with lower cost and less demand for IT resources.


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