Configuration Management (CM) has evolved as a concept and as a practice since its introduction in the 1950s in the defense industry.
Now I’m a big believer in technology, but when Autodesk told me that they can create custom integrations between their Fusion Configure product and almost any ERP, MRP or SFA solution, I was skeptical. I was skeptical primarily because I’ve done a lot of integrations between those outside systems and automation or PLM.
In the continuing expansion of their Fusion line of products, Autodesk has brought their Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) offering into the solution with their new product Fusion Configure. This is starting to round out the complete suite of Fusion branded products.
One of the biggest selling points that we had for parametrics was the argument for data reuse. “Why would you spend all day doing File, Save As when you can build once and use as many times as you want?” As always, the answer is “it depends.”
Let’s dig a little deeper in this final post on PDM engines (look here for the previous post). I think there are two reasons why it is helpful to have an engine-centric perspective on Product Data Management: to understand when you should/shouldn’t use PDM, and to fuel creative uses of PDM. Those may seem a […]
From the last post on this topic, we’ve collected five basic “engines” at work in even the simplest Product Data Management (PDM) systems that manage CAD files: File vaulting CAD relationship interpretation Multi-document file vaulting Lifecycle Security
Most look at Product Data Management (PDM) systems and see software for managing/controlling documents, and maybe for performing other useful design/engineering housekeeping functions. When I look at PDM systems, I see collections of intertwined logic engines, connected to each other in meaningful ways to support configuration management practices. I like to break it down like […]