We are a small site but we migrated form Workgroup to Enterprise about 18 months ago (9 Sworks seats + 4 stand alone PDMW). We migrated the lifecycle status over to Enterprise but we have changed this somewhat as Enterprise has far superior workflow features. Enterprise is just an all round better product (should be for the cost), more robust, faster searches, easier to grasp for new users, also reasonably easy to manage. The main driver for us to change was sharing data with two remote sites (oversea) which works well. The biggest hurdle was migrating the data correctly as the migration tool had more than a couple of hick-ups during the process. We used a third party to help with the implementation and I REALLY reccommend doing this, especially with data to migrate. Ours helped tremendously. It took approx 3-4 weeks before going live with the new system from start to finish. After moving to Enterprise we have expanded its use across our ACAD seats and baisically all our engineering data at this site goes in the vault now. With the size of your dataset and what sounds like a large user base I would be concerned about Workgroup too. Our old vault at the time of migration was about 120GB and it was a bit creaky.....
We are in a similar boat as you. We have multiple PDMW sites within the company and have over 100 users across the sites. We are experiencing a significant number of vault crashes on our largest vault. We have also disabled many of the "vault tools" for users, we ask users to log out after check out and check in, we reboot the server daily...etc.
I have participated in many PDM installations... and (as already stated) data migration will be your biggest task.
If your have data that is very specific to a given group, I would recommend a pilot implementation. Work out the migration and workflow challenges then validate performance, training and general implementation process... and get plenty of references from your 3rd party support team... and check them out personnaly (drive, fly, swim to their sites and speak to as many employees as possible).
Hi Ken, Can you clarify whether those vault crash problems were using PDMWorkgroup or with Enterprise?
If it was PDMWorks, how did the migration to Enterprise work out?
Nick - The crashing issues we had were in PDMW (WorkGroup).
Our Enterprise migration took significantly longer than planned.
Our VAR and SolidWorks supported the analysis of the issues that prevented a complete migration tirelessly through the Holidays (X-mas past New Years).
Glad to say we have not had system crashing problems, but we have had other new opportunities to deal with.
We have 131GB, 420,626 files, 127,108 folders in our vault. We have not had too many problems yet. We too love the simplicity and cost of it.
Is it time to look for something else? When do these things start blowing up?