At my last job we looked at a couple of PDM softwares including Enterprise.
I have experience with the workgroup version of PDM, but one of the things they
said upon presenting the Enterprise to us is with us using an Oracle based system they said
Enterprise could be setup to automatically pull our part numbers interacting with Oracle.
So it can be done. Check with your VAR to see if Enterprise works with Access.
Were you able to achieve the equivalent using Workgroup PDM? ie generate drawing metadata in Oracle and pass this to the Custom Properties in the Solidworks files. (and back?). We tried a utility called Toolworks for this for a while until lack of 64-bit support became too limiting.
What made you move to EPDM if that is what you did? What was lacking in Workgroup?
We are contemplating going straight to EPDM without the 'stepping stone' of Workgroup, but are hesitant because of the big investment and the prospect of a possibly unwieldy system. Any comments appreciated.
No, workgroup is nothing more then a good, safe and secure way of revision controling
and storing your files whether it is just Solidworks or other type files.
EPDM does allow a better integration of like I said Oracle and possibly other type databases.
And it interacts with other CAD packages nicer then workgroup.
But, if you already have office professional then you already have PDM workgroup and that is
no additional cost if that is the case. If you do then workgroup may not be a bad place for you
to start to get aquainted with vault softwares.