From Dirt to Data

There is economic value in connecting people to information; improve the connections and you increase the value of the information.

Consider the analogy in which your manufacturing or construction project is a ditch, and data inside your files is water that will flow through that ditch. What sort of tool are you using to move the dirt and prepare for the water, shovels or backhoes? I would submit that Windows Explorer is the equivalent of a shovel, and product data management (PDM) software is the backhoe. Product Data Management (PDM) moves a lot of data fast. And it does much more than that. PDM also improves access, reuse, sharing, record keeping, and security that affect data files.

After digging the ditch, you have a nice place to store data. But that place to store data is not a static repository. It is a moving river, where data flows freely. Data is created by CAD users, deposited into the river, and then flows downstream to manufacturing shop floors, documentation departments, and customers, and other consumers of the data.

When your data management metaphor is a river, you can gain valuable insights into managing the data in your organization. These four V’s demonstrate things about the rivers of data that can help you understand and solve some of the data problems in your organization.

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New Survey Reveals Strong Surge of Interest in CAD Data Management

A new survey of CAD users reveals strong interest in both first-time and increased use of PDM (product data management) technology. Only 3D modeling and simulation rate higher as areas of emphasis for short-term spending.

The data comes from Business Advantage (BA), global software and IT research specialist. The results are based on interviews with 635 CAD using firms of all sizes on three continents in manufacturing, AEC, and allied disciplines. It covers 15 primary trends of interest to engineering and construction, including 3D Modeling, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Cloud Based CAD, Simulation, PDM, PLM, 3D Printing, Augmented/Virtual/Reality Computing, and more. The trends are ranked by awareness, importance, current and intended adoption to reveal their trends and growth potential, including comparison to the prior year survey results. Read More

Adept and Engineering Data Management is…

Personal.

In all the years I’ve been with Synergis, I’ve learned that what Adept does for organizations and their people is personal.

Some experience Adept as the product that makes it possible to find and reuse engineering files, and eliminates revision control nightmares.  Or the traffic cop that ensures documents are secure, go through the correct approval process, while maintaining an audit trail.

For many, it’s a foundational part of their product or project lifecycle management solution.  It streamlines design through delivery, and enables collaboration across global sites and partners.  Without it, their business could not grow.

Others view Adept as the solution that makes their job easier – where without it, their work life was chaos. Now they’re able to contribute more in ways they’re uniquely qualified, while enjoying greater work-life balance.

I’m absolutely amazed at what our clients have done with the solution – things we never envisioned –because they took it personally.

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