4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 9, 2008 5:15 PM by Devon Sowell

    compatibility PDMWorks Workgroup - Enterprise

    Ronald van Boven
      When upgrading to Solidworks Classic to Office professional, PDMWorks Workgroup gets available.
      This looks quit interesting to me, while we do not have such a document file managing system.
      However, the possibilities of PDMWorks Enterprise also seem great to me.

      Is there a possibility of upgrading Workgroup into Enterprise after a year or so ?
      Thanks for your info.

      Ron
        • compatibility PDMWorks Workgroup - Enterprise
          Devon Sowell
          Hello Ronald-

          RE:"Is there a possibility of upgrading Workgroup into Enterprise after a year or so ?"

          Yes, you can. However, I recommend you "lock in" your Revision Scheme and Meta Data requirements before you migrate from WorkGroup to Enterprise. There can be problems if the Revision Scheme is changed mid-stream. In that case, you might want to manually migrate files that didn't meet the Revision scheme defined in Enterprise.

          In any case, test, test, test. Set up a Test Vault and run that first to define your production vault.
          • compatibility PDMWorks Workgroup - Enterprise
            To be honest, if you're seriously considering taking the PDMWE route, bypass Workgroup all together. Devon mentioned the revision scheme "issue" and it was a huge problem for us. (We switched revision schemes once.) So, we had to migrate a lot of files manually, which became an issue because had a lot of duplicate files due to references.

            With that being said; I would go through the painful migration again to have the benefits of PDMWE. It's by far a superior product.

              • compatibility PDMWorks Workgroup - Enterprise
                Corey Hinman
                Agreed. We used workgroup for 2 years. Our conversion prior to implementation took months, not days.

                From a practical standpoint, I don't like to train users on a system that I know is being replaced shortly.

                Corey
                  • compatibility PDMWorks Workgroup - Enterprise
                    Devon Sowell
                    Hello Ronald-

                    Yep, I agree with Corey and Lee, skip WorkGroup if you can.

                    However, I've seen this other point of view many times; Management thinks it is better to start with WorkGroup (included with SW Office = very little cash expense), then consider Enterprise for later use.

                    I see both sides of this issue.

                    The common issue between both applications is the issue of testing and creating a test vault. In my opinion, many companies don't spend enough time testing prior to implementing a production vault.