ENOVIA SmarTeam Multi-site
Increasingly design, manufacture and service processes are taking place in geographically different locations that are carefully selected based on available expertise, labor and the importance of local markets. In this situation the global availability of complete, accurate, and maintainable product-related information that can be found quickly is required. But thanks to the Internet and collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, activities can be conducted as if global companies are located ‘under one roof’
An important tool here is the ‘Multi-site’ functionality, which not only provide all design data, product parameters, customer data and service reports a global character, but which – combined with SMARTEAM – also enables standard operating procedures (‘ workflow ‘) across multiple locations.
infostrait has experience with this international trend. In recent years, infostrait staff have delivered support to Dutch companies with offices in England, Germany, Mexico and Poland. At all these customers, the SMARTEAM Multi-site module has been deployed.
When setting up an international solution, it is first important to reflect on the cultural differences between sites in different countries. This can range from the need for product data in their own language, to the tuning of several design methods, production preparation and handling of service procedures. SMARTEAM Multi-site helps to bridge these differences, for example through a multilingual user interface, product descriptions, and reports. Prior to implementation though, the international colleagues must first agree on common practices.
After aligning the common working procedures, a joint archive can be arranged. The various local sources of information are hereby migrated to a central database. The SMARTEAM Multi-site solution ensures the integrity of data, with unequivocal designation who has got the ownership of the data. Once fully operational, multi-site ensures that all teams have got fast access to all up-to-date data, from anywhere in the world – no matter where the data was are created or modified. In the unlikely event a (network) connection failure between offices, the employees at each location still have access to all information and documents, so anyone can easily continue working. After restoring the connection, the efficient replication techniques of multi-site PLM ensure that each site is quickly up to date again, while advanced knowledge rules ensure that during this synchronization conflicts are avoided.
infostrait has realized many SMARTEAM Multi-site implementations during the last several years. Do you also need a successful deployment of SMARTEAM Multi-site technology? Please contact us.