The search for an all-encompassing “single source” solution for Engineering Data Management and Document Control turns out to be a long journey and often ends in disappointment because there is no singular solution available without a lot of compromise on either end. Real-world experience and expertise help us conclude that the best advice is to choose a combined “best of breed” solution.
Choose Autodesk Vault for Engineering Data Management
Cadac Group has been active in the field of Engineering Data Management (EDM) for more than 30 years. Throughout this time we have seen that due to the use of discipline specific CAD applications, the requirements set for EDM applications are becoming ever more complex.
This makes Autodesk Vault an optimal EDM tool because it offers integration with multiple CAD and engineering tools. It gives both engineers and designers a solution that eliminates the dependencies for all kinds of internal agreements and procedures on paper - because Autodesk Vault can automate these procedures. As a result, project teams can optimally work together, using each other’s design data in a controlled way without the risk of error.
Choose Microsoft SharePoint for Document Control
In order to provide easy access to project information for other departments and third party participants, a collaboration platform like Microsoft SharePoint is required. Many companies already use SharePoint as a platform for storing files, supporting collaboration on documents, and controlled sharing of documents with colleagues and project members, both internal and external to the organization. Therefore, SharePoint can primarily be regarded as the successor to file servers, public folders, central mailboxes, and file exchange using FTP, Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.
On top of these capabilities, SharePoint is an open platform and offers a vast scope for application developers, such as Cadac Group, to develop add-ons like the document control solution Cadac Organice DCS for the bigger engineering firms. Cadac Organice DCS provides companies greatly enhanced capabilities to monitor and control their project-based document flows and revision processes. Cadac Organice DCS introduces pre-defined and task-oriented workflows that drive document flows, both internally and externally. Thanks to the increase in transparency and control provided by integration with Cadac Organice DCS, revision processes are shortened and chances of errors greatly reduced - resulting in massive cost savings.
Integrate Autodesk Vault with SharePoint
Wouldn’t be nice if engineers can benefit from a tightly integrated toolset (CAD & Vault) and project managers can easily collaborate with all project stakeholders without losing control (in SharePoint). Read this article and discover how it’s done.