Data Management Insights from SOLIDWORKS Champions

Earlier this year, we took the opportunity to survey our SOLIDWORKS Champions for their thoughts on Data Management.  Our SOLIDWORKS Champions are some of our strongest users and their feedback is always valued!  Sean O’Neill, Lisa Costa, and I had a chance to have a roundtable conversation earlier this year to discuss the results, many of which I’m sure you will identify with.  You can check it out below.


Here are a couple of quick highlights along with some of our insights

Managing CAD Data in Windows

Almost 70% of our survey respondents say that Windows Folders are not an effective way to manage design data when working with others.  Not a big shocker – but have you thought about why?  Windows folders are challenging for managing CAD relationships, which in turn have a knock on effect for trying to manage revisions.  Data Management solutions like Collaborative Industry Innovator from the 3DEXPERIENCE Works Portfolio and PDM Professional, provide simple and effective ways to handle both relationships AND revisions.

Ease of Information Access

Mobility and the freedom to access our data anywhere is huge, but to do it right, it has to be both convenient AND secure.  The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform provides you with both!

Change Management

It’s amazing how prolific email still is!  More interesting is that forms and phone calls are right up there as well.  These methods work, without a doubt.  However, they completely disconnect the request from the design, usually leaving the organization struggling with traceability, duplicate file attachments, and signed physical forms.  With the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, all of this can be connected – out of the box.

To learn more data management insights from our Champions, be sure to check out the episode of SOLIDWORKS Live.  And, to learn more about how you can Modernize Your Product Development Process, Click Here.  What data management trends and challenges are you seeing?  Let us know in the comments below!


Steve Fick

Steve Fick

Steve FICK is a Sr. Industry Solution Consultant DS SOLIDWORKS. He has over 17 years of SOLIDWORKS experience as a machine designer, technical manager, & solution consultant. His technical background includes a focus on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform as well as SOLIDWORKS Distributed Data Management offering which includes SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional & SOLIDWORKS Manage.