With the new release of Solidworks 2010 I am curious if PDMworks will be supported?
If not.... What is the replacement program?
Did you get the latest SolidWorks Express? Mine arrived today with a couple of featured articles about Document Management. I clicked on them and was greeted with a good article about the benefits of Document Management. There was NO mention of anything other than Enterprise. I realize the economic benefits to SWorks Corp to sell higher-priced items but I would hope that there would be at least a mention of the Workgroup option. Even something like - "Workgroup exists but cannot handle the rigors that Enterprise can". Don't treat it like an orphan without expecting to create rumors of Workgroup being "retired".
SolidWorks is severely disappointing with their actions on WorkGroup. They are trying to upsell to Enterprise. My VAR tried it with me after we let them know what we won't be re-upping subscription. I would suggest other WorkGroup users vote with their dollars as well. SolidWorks will eventually get the message. I think they have made a pretty lousy business decision with WorkGroup and an even worse ethical one.
It seems the tactic with CAD companies in bad economic times is to discount an upgrade and require an active subscription to get the discounted upgrade. This ups the cost of subs for a customer as long as he remains a SolidWorks user and keeps paying like a good little customer. I think that is the tactic. SolidWorks wants higher recurring revenue from its customers and the upgrade way is the path to get there. It works when the customer really thinks he is getting a great deal. In order to get users from WorkGroup to Enterprise, I think SolidWorks had to kill WorkGroup b/c by and large most WorkGroup users probably don'y really have a need for Enterprise. For the current promotions for the upgrade from SolidWorks to SolidWorks Premium, they don't have to kill anything in the base program in order to get users to upgrade to Premium, because there is quite a bit useful in Premium (simulation and motion) for users to get excited over and make the switch up. Take a look at the subs price difference between SolidWorks and Premium and WorkGroup and Enterpise. I think that is the purpose of all this.
That all makes sense, Peter. By the way are there other SWorks users who were happy to hear that Californians were able to upgrade for "free" even though the offer didn't extend to other areas? Don't get me wrong - I am happy for those in Ca. that were able to avail themselves of the offer. I'm not quite as happy to know that most of us could not.
I'm sorry to have lost track of the original forum question.
We are on the verge of just dropping "Extra-Work Group" PDM. Particularly after I found this:
Overwriting of "Read-Only" Documents...
We have no need whatsoever for Enterprise PDM. I utilize Workgroup PDM simply as an added layer of protection to prevent myself from accidentally fubaring my old assemblies when reusing parts in other projects. Nobody else designs in Solidworks here, and the manufacturing department only opens parts to feed into Mastercam. Hell, I even run the vault server from my own workstation!
The day they strip away useful features simply to force me to pay for something I don't need is the day I start taking courses on Inventor or Pro-E.
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