Ouch! No More VB6!

I knew the day would come… and it is happening soon! I just came across a note from SolidWorks discussing Visual Basic 6 and PDMWorks Enterprise… For stability reasons, the 2008 version of PDMWorks Enterprise will no longer support VB6. If you have developed addins using VB6 you will need to convert them to VB.Net before upgrading to the 2008 release. Also, make sure you use the "Multi-Threaded" option. Working in .Net will also ensure that your addins work under x64 bit environments. Inflow Technology has API services. Give us a call if you need help!

PDMWorks Enterprise Workflow – Lifecycles vs. Routes

For those who use PDMWorks Enteprise, you will notice that all documents are assigned a workflow when they are added to the vault.  These workflows are developed using the Workflow Editor (here is an example). Everything from a CAD drawing to a word document will have a workflow assigned.  Because of this, we have seen some people confuse workflow with document routing.  In PDMWorks Enterprise, a workflow can serve two purposes, Document Lifecycles and Document Routing.  Here is the difference: Document Lifecycle:  This applies to documents that undergo revision control.  For example, a SolidWorks drawing may start out as "Work In Progress", then move to "Pending Approval", then "Approved".  Once […]

Sharepoint to PDMWorks Enterprise Migration

This is a post to highlight some recent successes in migrating from Microsoft Sharepoint to PDMWorks Enterprise.  The migration is accomplished through the use of a migration application in combination with a process to extract and "prepare" the data for migration into PDMWorks Enterprise.  We were able to migrate lots of different office documents with revision history. So, if you own (or are looking at) PDMWorks Enterprise and you have a current installation of Sharepoint.  We can help migrate the data…just ask InFlow Technology for help.

No one wants to buy PLM…Part 3 of an infinite series

I am a PLM sales person…and the title of this blog entry may imply that I am whining about my job.  While I am not immune to the occasional emotional episode / mild tantrum, the title of this blog entry has a purpose.  I assure you that this purpose has nothing to do with my emotional state. Companies that contact InFlow are generally not looking to buy a PLM solution.  Rather, they are looking to solve complex issues in their organization.  Often times, the connection between the issue and the definition of PLM is somewhat cloudy.  Therefore, my goal in this series is to discuss some of these challenges that […]

PDMWorks Enterprise Cache Tips

For those familiar with PDMWorks Enterprise, it uses a local cache when a user accesses a file.  This local cache works like Internet caching.  As you may or may not know, when you browse internet pages, images from those pages are copied down to your local hard drive so the page displays faster the next time you browse.  PDMWorks Enterprise works the same way.  Any time you access a file by viewing or modifying, that file is copied into your cache.  So the next time you view the file, the system will access it from the local cache instead of from the server saving valuable time, especially when you are […]

PDMWorks Enterprise Authentication

For those interested in implementing PDMWorks Enterprise, here are some basics regarding authentication: 1st: PDMWorks Enterprise is a secure vaulted application, meaning that access and permissions are based on a user’s unique login name and/or group.  Depending on the user’s rights, they may see totally different parts of the vault (ie engineers see engineering folders, purchasing sees purchasing folders, etc.) 2nd: There are three "modes" of authentication: PDMWorks Enterprise login, Active Directory (or windows) login, and LDAP server login. Here is some information about each authentication mode: PDMWorks Enterprise login: This mode is the easiest to administer if you have a small group of people (<20) and you don’t have […]

Improving PDMWorks Enterprise Replication Performance

As you may know, PDMWorks Enterprise provides companies with the ability to manage solidworks files.  Included in the cost of the software is site to site replication which automatically copies files from one site to another so that users always work on files from their local network.  So, if 1 GB of data is changed on a given day, you can schedule the replication of this data to all other vaults on your network.  So one of the questions I get is, "If I schedule replication 3 times per day, how can I keep the replication process from bringing my network down with a transfer of 500 10MB files?" Here […]