SOLIDWORKS PDM is a powerful tool for managing data, but businesses often struggle with deciding whether to use a traditional or Cloud-based system. Traditional PDM systems require maintenance and upkeep by an IT department, while a single individual can manage cloud-based systems. Let’s explore the pros and cons of both types of systems and help you understand all the differences between a traditional or a Cloud-based PDM like SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud.
Workflows Have Changed
Twenty years ago, the world was a different place. The internet wasn’t as widely used, and most businesses didn’t have the global reach they do today. Because of this, workflows were very different. Businesses only had to worry about their local data, and their main concern was ensuring it had a viable backup in a disaster.
Your business was also a lot simpler because businesses didn’t produce and use as much data as they do today. The explosion of big data and the need for global collaboration has changed how businesses operate. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud, you can manage your data globally and securely, no matter where your team members are.
So, What’s the Difference?
Now that we’ve looked at how workflows have changed let’s take a closer look at the difference between traditional PDM and SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud.
With traditional PDM, businesses have to worry about managing the infrastructure and keeping up with server maintenance. This can be a full-time job for someone in your IT department. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud, everything is taken care of for you. Someone can manage the servers and the infrastructure so you can focus on your business.
Another big difference is in the way data is accessed. With traditional PDM, data is stored locally on your servers. This can be a problem if you have team members working remotely or in different locations. With SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud, data is stored in the Cloud and can be accessed anywhere.
The Pros and Cons of Traditional PDM
Now that we’ve looked at the difference between traditional PDM and SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each type of system.
Traditional PDM has a few advantages. First, it’s usually less expensive to set up and maintain. Second, you have more control over your data because it’s stored locally on your servers. And third, you can customize traditional PDM systems to fit the specific needs of your business.
However, there are also some disadvantages to using traditional PDM. First, it can be a full-time job for someone in your IT department to manage the system. Second, data is stored locally, so it can be difficult for team members working remotely or in different locations to access the data they need. And third, traditional PDM systems can be more difficult to scale as your business grows.
The Pros and Cons of SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud
SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud has a few advantages over traditional PDM. First, it’s easier to set up and manage because all the infrastructure is taken care of for you. Second, data is stored in the Cloud, so team members can access it from anywhere in the world. And third, SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud is easily scaled to meet the needs of a growing business.
However, there are also some disadvantages to using SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud. First, it can be more expensive than traditional PDM because you have to pay for the servers and the infrastructure. To solve this problem, you need to work with a qualified SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud provider. Second, you don’t have as much control/ownership over your data because it’s stored in the Cloud.
Why SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud Is the Right Choice for Your Business
Having your PDM in the Cloud has many benefits, making SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud the best option for businesses of all sizes. Here is how it stacks up in organizations of different sizes:
You can immediately increase or decrease the number of users without investing extra money on unused licenses. SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud is the future of PDM because it is a pay-as-you-go subscription. As your business grows, you can easily add more users. And if you need to reduce the number of users, you can do that just as easily. There is no wasted investment on unused licenses like traditional PDM.
Best practices from various industries compiled for your convenience: SOLIDWORKS has been working with customers across a variety of industries to learn best practices for data management. This means that SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud already includes many of the best practices from users across industries.
Changes to the organizational chart or procedures are implemented in near real-time. SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud is flexible to adapt to your organization’s changes easily. This means you can make changes to your org chart or workflows and see them reflected in the system in real time. There is no need for development or test environments like traditional PDM.
Get started quickly. SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud is quick and easy to set up. You can be up and running within minutes, not months or years, as with traditional PDM.
Contact Converge Design To Learn More About SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud
SOLIDWORKS PDM as a service from Converge Design is the best way to get all of the benefits of SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud without any disadvantages. We are a team of experts who will work with you to set up and manage your SOLIDWORKS PDM Cloud system. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you take advantage of this dedicated service and speak to a CAD expert.