We currently have 15 designer/engineers who are using Solidworks. The problem we are running into, is that our VAR suggests and recommends that everyone saves files to there local drive (speed/crashing), but everyone doesnt want to do that because they are concerned about there computer dying and losing all data. The other issue we run into is that we will have 2 or 3 people working on the same project at the same time, which works ok, until someone is working out of the wrong directory and they start modifying incorrect or old data.
We have Workgroup PDM, but we don't utilize it until we release a project to the shop floor. Then we utilize it primarily for revision control.
How do the rest of you handle this type of situation? Do you work on the network, on local drives, or check everything into PDM as a working copy until it is ready to release to the floor?
I cannot imagine that Ford, GM, or Chrysler has all of there engineers in all of there facilities working on a network drive. How do they handle this type of situation?
Are we trying to make it harder than it has to be? Are we under utilizing workgroup PDM? Do we need to switch to Enterprise PDM or something else to get the functionality we require?