I am trying to setup Workgroup PDM or std PDM and I am missing something. Can someone point me in the right direction?
Workgroup pdm is being discontinued we are in process of setting up std pdm. We had our var set it up. They require a release signed if we were going to try to do it ourselves.
Thank you, Stevan.
That is absolutely ridiculous! Signing a release if you attempt this yourself. Why would you ever sign a release for something like that? The VAR doesn't own your data and unless you have an agreement that contractually binds you with the VAR for some sort of IT contract they have no liability.
While I agree with Ryan, and that requirement is probably from the VAR specifically, I have run into similar difficulties. I wanted to setup PDM std here and was unable to find any documentation on how to do it. I was even able to have our system administrator get it installed and ready to use but was unable to go any further. The reply form the VAR is that SW is not making the instructions available beyond the VAR so that the PDM is setup in a standard manner to facilitate ease of trouble shooting by the VAR. Sounds like SW knows that the product is kind of a cluster so there WILL be problems and they want to give the VARs some aid form the start. I am sure that there are many companies with people like Ryan who have the ability and knowledge to easily do this themselves. I on the other hand have worked off 3 different setups but never as the admin so without clear, concise instructions would be one of those spending far more on tech support that PDM Pro would cost upfront if I were to do it entirely by myself.
Hum.... I wonder if this could be solved by hiring a GOOD documentation writer and having a clear step-by-step manual written? Of course then the VARs would not be able to charge us $2000 to setup software that is advertised as free in the package.
Jim Steinmeyer BINGO! Besides the fact that it allows the VAR to get some extra setup money it also locks the customer into PDM. This ensures a more constant cash flow because of the PDM licensing- have to pay maintenance or buy licenses all over again) and it makes it more difficult for the customer to look at moving off SW to competitor software like Solid Edge. (BTW which can now recreate SW drawings inside of SE during the data migration. So not only can you pull your model, reassign parameters to solids, move and change faces, recognize patterns of faces, etc. You also get a native SE drawing of your SW drawing too!) And you want to know why they want to lock you into "free" PDM. ;-)
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