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1 SolidWorks Enterprise PDM and Microsoft SharePoint Interoperability
Marc Young xLM Solutions, LLC.,

2 Contents SharePoint on the Rise Usages and Advantages
Document Management and Data Presentation EPDM in Collaborative Environment Integration: the Best of Both Worlds EPDM-SharePoint Integration (Data Presentation) Approaches SharePoint DataView Control Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) with Business Data Catalog Custom Integration Web Part Solution Application Scenarios Integration Examples (Demonstrations) Considerations Integration Benefits Conclusions

3 SharePoint on the Rise Companies are… Deploying Microsoft Windows SharePoint as cost-effective and simple internet and intranet solutions: WSS (Windows SharePoint Services): included in Windows 2003 and 2008 (no additional licensing costs) MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) 2007 contains additional corporate level support and templates SharePoint 2010 Increasing demand for accessing PLM/PDM data and functionalities from within SharePoint

4 Why SharePoint? Provides focused and integrated browser-based workspaces for Facilitating collaborations within and across units, departments, and sites Sharing documents and other essential information Implementing business processes and intelligences Searching for and utilizing information on organizational and technical resources Adding values to existing Office and PLM/PDM applications A set of services and tools for easy construction and management of purpose-specific web sites and collaboration portals A cost-effective platform for building scalable and robust web-based applications 4

5 SharePoint: Enterprise Portal & Collaboration Environment
Organize and manage meetings Share and manage documents, contacts, tasks, calendars, and announcements Develop repositories of knowledge and information through wiki sites Allow easy participation in discussions, meetings, and document creations Manage projects with task and participant lists Share ideas with blogs Provide mobile access to contents 5

6 The SharePoint Advantage
Present data- and user-centric experiences similar to other Office system products Already familiar with and preferred by most users Web sites may be easily created for long or short term applications: Corporate internet and intranet portals Individual-, meeting-, project-, team-, and division-based, or other special purpose web sites Custom web parts may be developed to provide specific functionality or feature 6

7 SharePoint Document Management Features
Metadata shared with document contents Customizable Document Information Panel for entering and displaying document metadata Granular Security with Inheritance Security may be set for a document, folder, or library, with inheritance Auditing—Create and Analyze Audit Trails for Document Libraries Events: Open, download, edit, view item in lists, view item properties, check-in, check-out, move, copy, delete, and restore of documents Document Protection Outside of the Repository If an Information Rights Management (IRM) policy is set on a library, any document leaving the library is encrypted and only accessible (viewing, printing, etc. with expiration periods) after user validation and for the approved action. Support for Major/Minor Versioning Built-in Document Workflows Content Types Definitions Support definition of templates for specific document types to standardize associated metadata, business rules (e.g., workflow), and type-specific actions

8 Document Management Key Component: SharePoint List
Is an OOTB (out-of-the-box) component of SharePoint Is a collection of similar items (that share the same metadata schema) Contains columns or fields that define the item data or metadata schema May have documents attached to the columns/fields Resembles a database table in structure and behavior Supports various fields or data types Provides various methods of visualization in entering, editing, and displaying of item data May be queried--supports filtering, sorting or grouping based on item data or properties May have triggers that react to list events such as creating, updating or deleting items Supports workflows Supports content types

9 SharePoint as a PLM or Document Management System
Pros Built upon robust Microsoft technologies Vest support and resource bases Tight integration with other Microsoft Office products Cons No document level options Does not support document markups Relies on Microsoft Office suite for document manipulations Documents are housed within database Traditional PLM/PDM and document and content management system house documents and contents on external storage medium for efficiency Many options, not enough functions (offering is broad but not deep) Not a true PLM/PDM system Need for heavy customizations Not aligned with most business processes and models OOTB Performance limitations in SharePoint 2007: 15 simultaneous workflows per library 2000 lists per web site 2000 items per view using ListView

10 Disadvantages of Managing SolidWorks Data in SharePoint
Lack of Native SolidWorks Integration with SharePoint* No SolidWorks toolbox support No SolidWorks configuration support No interrogation of SolidWorks relationships and dependencies No SolidWorks BOM modules No SharePoint interface for PDM functions in SolidWorks Non-Ideal Solutions: Use SharePoint to manage SolidWorks files but not contents Disregard SolidWorks file relationships and dependencies Manage PDF files of released SolidWorks Drawings Does not support content revisions directly *Third-party solutions exists for SolidWorks and SharePoint integration

11 Customer Requirements
Customers with EPDM and SharePoint environments are seeking solutions to: Provide customer-specific EPDM functionalities in SharePoint Ensure data consistency and document lifecycle integrity Eliminate redundancy and potential complications from user ad-hoc solutions 11

12 Integration…The Best of Both Worlds!
Provide selected and focused EPDM features in the SharePoint environment Easily extend EPDM to SharePoint users Familiar, intuitive, and customizable browser-based user experience Minimal EPDM concepts and skill set required Add values to both investments 12

13 Integration Advantages
Excellent access and utilization of EPDM and SharePoint data: Expose side-by-side data previously available only in separate environments Facilitate business and engineering processes by combining data from both platforms in a single business process, while maintaining data integrity Preserve and utilize existing data—no need for large-scale data migration or duplication across platforms Exposes EPDM data to mobile users 13

14 SharePoint Primer: SharePoint Components
Shared Documents Summary of Active Web Parts Purpose-Specific Workspaces Team Announcements Useful Links A web part is: - a component, ASP.NET server control can be added or installed to a web page at run time performs a predefined, specific set of functions may be customized by either the end user or administrator, or both 14 14

15 EDPM-SharePoint Integration Approaches
Three Integration (Data Presentation) Approaches: SharePoint DataView Control Available with WSS or MOSS MOSS with BDC (Business Data Catalog) BDC is available with MOSS Custom EPDM-SP Integration Solution (e.g., EPDM-SP Integration Web Part) Licensing required Minimal to no customization required 15

16 SharePoint DataView Control
No addition cost or licensing requirements Requires editing SharePoint content in XML; or Use Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 (free download at: keyword: SharePoint Designer) Requires extensive customization 16

17 SharePoint DataView Control
SharePoint Designer 2007 EPDM Data in a SharePoint DataView Control WSS Site Sorting Support Sorting Support EPDM Data in SharePoint DataView Control DataView Control Customizable Paging Support 17

18 MOSS With BDC MOSS with BDC (Business Data Catalog)
MOSS requires licensing BDC is available as part of MOSS Required extensive customization Administrative action is needed to setup the data source as a shared data provider in SharePoint 18

19 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server With Business Data Catalog
Minimal query flexibility supported Example BDC web part EPDM Data in BDC EPDM Data in MOSS with BDC Minimal User Action Supported 19

20 Custom EPDM-SharePoint Integration Web Part
EPDM-SharePoint Web Parts are constructed to present EPDM data and functionalities to SharePoint users may be hosted in SharePoint sites and portals may become standalone web applications if desired interact natively with both EPDM and SharePoint provide customizable document level accesses (e.g., downloading, viewing, and editing contents) 20

21 EPDM-SharePoint Integration Web Part
Customizable Query Attributes EPDM-SharePoint Integration Web Part Sortable Columns EPDM Data Multi-page query results

22 Statistics of File States

23 Summary of Integration Advantages: Centralized Data Access
Exposing a list of selected documents from EPDM in SharePoint The document list is formed from the results of a EPDM query The site administrator governs the syntax of the query, thus the contents of the SharePoint web part The document list is invalidated and refreshed according to a policy set forth by the administrator EPDM data statistics may be exported and displayed in a graphical web part Additionally Advantages of a Custom EPDM-SP Web Part Solution: When the user selects a document, it is retrieved from the EPDM vault and optionally displayed using an appropriate viewer (e.g., eDrawings Viewer) The menu of functions supported on an EPDM Document may be customized and expanded 23

24 Application Scenarios

25 Application Scenario I: A Joint Meeting Between Engineering and Sales
A SharePoint Meeting Workspace is created as the centralized resource repository for the meeting A web site is set up for participants to view the agenda, previous meeting minutes, and all related technical and business documents PLM data from EPDM is referenced in the portal EPDM data is live: data changes (revisions) are reflected immediately The web site and shared workspace may persist to support future meetings and collaboration projects, or may be removed when no longer needed 25

26 Application Scenario II: Centralized Data Access
EPDM is tightly integrated into product development and other business processes Corporate IT Department deploys SharePoint Services to support manufacturing, business , and other non-technical collaborations Non-technical departments may require access to technical data For example, the Purchasing Department may require access to EPDM (as well as other ERP) data from a central location or application PLM data access across the two systems is inefficient, time-consuming, tedious, and may jeopardize data integrity and consistency (e.g., when copying data across systems) The EPDM-SP integration solution allows user accesses to selected EPDM data and functionalities in SharePoint without requiring extensive EPDM knowledge The solution provides a familiar, easy-to-use web-based experience for the SharePoint users The integration increases efficiency while maintaining data consistency 26

27 Application Scenario III: Supply Chain Collaboration
A SharePoint Site is created as the centralized resource repository for collaborating and sharing data with the supply chain (suppliers, vendors, etc.) and customer communities The SharePoint site is located outside of the corporate firewall to provide controlled access to data Suppliers and customers may access product specifications, data sheets and manuals; participate in workflow (e.g., design outsource); and access technical and business documents through the SharePoint site to support design and production outsourcing Live EPDM PLM data is referenced in the SharePoint site: data changes (revisions) are reflected immediately 27

28 Application Scenario IV: Project/Upper Management data access
SharePoint Web Parts are configured to access various project- and data- related information in EPDM For each web part, a custom query is created to expose the data of interest (e.g., the status of documents for a project, the duration of the workflow stages) Data may be exported and shared with other web parts or Microsoft Office applications Data may also be displayed visually using a graphing web part 28

29 Other EPDM-SharePoint User Scenarios
Solution can be expanded to many other corporate-specific scenarios… 29

30 EPDM-SharePoint Data Presentation Demonstrations

31 Considerations Generic vs. Specific Solutions DataView/BDC
View data only—no file access support Difficult to change view contents (BDC) Requires administrative action to instigate site-wide shared data resource changes Requires knowledge of XML and familiarity of additional authoring tool(s) EDPM-SP Web Part Supports item/file access for viewing, editing, printing, etc. Easy to update view contents Customized item-level actions through configurable menus Automatic Notifications SharePoint Users EPDM Users Licenses DataView (free), MOSS/BDC (required), EPDM-SP Web Part (required)

32 Integration Benefits Extends the reach of product lifecycle and document collaboration across boundaries Leverages existing IT strategy and infrastructure Connect people, resources, and knowledge base for better and faster accesses Optimizes team performance and synergy for maximum project, product, and program achievements 32

33 Conclusions A EPDM—SharePoint integration harnesses the powerful features from two complementary collaboration systems to provide a rich user experience The integration facilitates the adoption of EPDM by SharePoint users The integration also expands product and document management options and ultimately simplifies both engineering and business processes The EPDM-SharePoint web part provides the most practical, flexible and powerful solution—the best ROI 33

34 Thank You! Questions? For More Information… Marc Young
xLM Solutions, LLC

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