I have the SolidWorks Administration Bible from Matt.
I am researching PDMw to see if it can replace the PDM we have here that was not intended for cad files.
I have only skimmed over the PDM section of Matts book.
You are correct that it is based on Workgroup PDM but he goes into a lot more than the Workgroup product specific items.
Matt gives a good overview of whatever subject he is discussing without overburdening you with the nitty gritty extreme details that you don't need and would put you to sleep.
That being said, he gives good overviews and more than sufficient details you need to setup and use whatever subject he is discussing.
If you haven't used the products yet or are not following along it can get confusing but if you are using as you read it is good.
He gives Best practices and a lot of general PDM management and operation information that should fit any PDM system.
Any book is going to have good and bad points and being a technical subject it will depend heavily on your current knowledge as to how well you like it or how good it works for you, but I have several of his books and some training videos and in general they work good for me.
I would also suggest looking for this in ebook form - it will save a few $ and you don't have to carry it around with you.
If you want the hard copy, I found it at a good discount at Nerdbooks. http://www.nerdbooks.com/
I just looked and it is out of stock (but they can usually order it) and is $32.99 instead of $59.00 list. I have gotten several books from them at about 50% off cover price.
Thanks Rick. I think I will get the Admin Bible.
I doubt that you will find commercially available books specific to the implementation and usage of EPDM.
I highly recommend you take a class (and hence will receive training manuals) with your local VAR.
The product is much more complex than the Workgroup PDM and you would certainly benefit from the interaction.
It takes time to maser the product fully as I'm sure others in this forum will tell you.
"I doubt that you will find commercially available books specific to the implementation and usage of EPDM."
Unless you speak German or Chinese apparently
I do fully intend to take the classes provided by my VAR during implementation. However, that does not help for advance planning; it can be difficult to even ask good questions at this point without knowing more about EPDM and best practices. Maybe I'll try to get the training manuals in advance. I can also look through the online EPDM help files http://help.solidworks.com/, but that tends to be too open ended.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Hi Brian -
Save your consulting time for after you have taken the training and spent some time becoming familiar with what EPDM can and cannot do.
Once you have some 'driving time' under your belt, start to really document the document management process you desire and what you want to happen during each stage of transition in the workflow.
If you have it clearly mapped out ahead of time, it becomes much easier to implement...
Another place you can look to get a lot of good information is:
This is from the last 3 SolidWorks World training sessions.
Look under the Data management category for the PDM products.
Also look at all 3 years of information since the product doesn't change much (in basic operation) and the training changes over the years.
I have gotten a lot of really valuable information from these.
Probably next month the 2010 information will go away and 2013 will be added.
When I was at BizJet, my EPDM supervisor I hired to handle daily support and configuration of EPDM found one...written in German.
I haven't seen the training manuals that Joy is referring to, but after taking her class at SWWorld, I'd listen to her! (unless you're stubborn like me, and like to figure things out on your own...)
I've been using the ePDM Admin Guide, Install Guide, Getting Started, and What's New as good references. Some are available here:
Others you may need to get from your VAR. The online ePDM Help is good, too. Don't forget to research the SWWorld proceedings for applicable ePDM info. They can be found here:
They are not yet available from 2013, but be patient, they will be posted. The 2012 content will be a good start. Well, that should keep you busy for a little while... Good Luck!
I'll take a look at the guides, thanks Dan. Yep, I was at SWW this year too, good experience, and I'm waiting on those proceedings to be published.