Have you seen this page from the SW website?
My general experience is mostly with workgroup, but the interface in Enterprise looks like windows explorer,
but the handling of the files is very similar. The biggest difference with Enterprise is the way it interfaces
with other departments. Notifications, groupings etc.
Here's a Matrix of the difference's
What I can tell you from our experience is.
LESS HASSLES virtually maintenance free (Granted does take time to get that way)
Data Integrity, Revision Control, No Same Name Files,
Better File Control and Structure, easier to control vault
A controlled way for the shop to view lastest drawings
Data Sharing of Library Parts, multiple users can be using the same part at the same time without losing any part integrity
Ability to give access to multiple users and groups
Customized Worflows for different departments and processes
Great ISO Procedure Documentation
Build your own Custom Search Engines - and DATA Cards - which makes files easier to find - saves our engineers about 2 hours a day
We use our search engine along with customized search cards I built from within EPDM so we don't use Windows Explorer at all
Web Server Access for on the road or working from home
I could go on and on but then It would sound more like a sales pitch.....LOL
We had to switch from workgroup to enterprise because workgroup perfomance came to a crawl. After your vault gets to a certain size, the check in-check out loading time will come to a crawl. There is no method to predict the threshold but you will know when you hit it. Our drafters would spend more time waiting for the assembly to load than making the changes.
There is more functionality in epdm as well.
Thanks guys. I've seen a lot of this before, the charts and things. Most of it seems to tell you what ePDM does better not how it does it better. Maybe I'm just going to have to get the VAR in and endure the sales pitch.
Dan, that's something I haven't heard before. I haven't noticed any difference but maybe it's a question worth asking the group.
Thanks again, and keep the info coming.