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Safeguard your data from cyber attacks with SOLIDWORKS PDM

Cyber criminals no longer come in the form of Nigerian princes. The evolution of cyberattacks can be seen in news headlines across the world, such as “WannaCry”; the ransomware that locked up computers in an estimated 150 countries.

In 2016 alone, 1,209 data breaches occurred and resulted in 1.1 billion identities being exposed, according to the  Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report. With worldwide cyber security threats increasing in number and strength, businesses are being advised to take action and increase company data security.


Is Your Server a Digital Junk Drawer?

Let’s talk about junk drawers. How many of us have them? What kind of items do you store in them? Is it always junk, or does it double as the designated filing system for all things without permanent homes? Maybe you keep semi-important documents in there; things that you don’t need at the moment, but there is still a high-chance you’ll come back to them at a later time. What happens when you go back to retrieve items “stored away” in the junk drawer? If you’re anything like me, the outcome of the junk drawer retrieval process usually results in frustration, bad words, and a blizzard of 20lb. bond and cardstock from two birthdays ago.


5 Problems That Can Arise from an Inaccurate BoM

How important is the Bill of Materials (BoM) in achieving the desired end result of a final product for a commercial design? Is it an afterthought? A document that is nice to have on file, but not really necessary? Or, is the bill of materials an integral and necessary portion of any commercial design and manufacturing project – one that follows the process from conception to production? I’m willing to bet many, if not most, would concede the latter.

Levying the significance of the BoM, it should be no great surprise that errors in this document can spell out big problems in the grand scheme of things. If not caught in time, some problems can be felt not only interdepartmentally, but also by the end-user. Here are just some of the dilemmas inaccurate BoMs can cause:


Is ERP - PDM Integration on your wish list?

The holiday season is a time to check things off your wish list. Whether you have been naughty or nice, crossing things off that list can be therapeutic. But what about your desire to no longer manually enter Bills of Material (BOM) into your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. That is a big wish for many organizations. Engineering has designed products in SOLIDWORKS and created a nice, neatly formatted, and complete BOM on a drawing, yet we still have to manually re-enter that data into our business process system. Let’s take a look at how we can make this sharing of data possible with PDM Professional and our partners.

Approaching a solution that will fit your organization requires us to layout and discuss all the possibilities available to make a connection to your ERP system, starting from an out-of-the-box answer, up to custom development. Here are 3 approaches to handling this connection.

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