Managing CAD files with Product Data Management (PDM) is important, but only the beginning of connecting your enterprise.
Product Data Management helps companies improve the way they control, access, and share critical, product-related files and information; but perhaps more important than what PDM does, are the benefits that PDM delivers.
Your information is manual and disconnected. You hand deliver printed drawings to non-engineering staff so they can review and approve designs.
It takes significant manual effort and far too much time to get all the necessary sign-offs to push through an engineering change order.
Other departments, such as manufacturing, procurement, quality are using the wrong version of the design.
You spend countless hours managing your bill of materials (BOM) inside of a spreadsheet.
You have to exchange product information manually between disparate systems used by engineering, purchasing, sales, and manufacturing.