Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 has been out for nearly a year now. It certainly adds a lot of collaboration tools over WSS 2.0. I think that just the simple fact that 3.0 now supports blogs and wikis makes WSS a nice design collaboration tool. With all these new collaboration tools now included, can it replace PDMWorks Enterprise?
There certainly is a lot of overlap between WSS and PDMWorks Enterprise. Both products allow you to check in and out documents, have a nice easy to use interface and provide file version control; but to date neither product can truly replace the other. Bottom line: WSS is great product but it is not an engineering tool. It is very weak as a CAD document manager -especially for SOLIDWORKS files.
Just a few quick examples:
- No toolbox support
- No configuration support
- No automatic part numbering for SOLIDWORKS generated parts (mirrored parts and assemblies)
- No automatic SOLIDWORKS parent/child relationships. WSS knows nothing of assemblies -this means the BOM need to be manually calculated.
- No automatic parent/child relationships also means finding where a part is used or what an assembly contains is a manual process.
- With PDMWorks Entperise you can check in and out documents while they are opened in your assemblies. WSS makes this a manual process.
- WSS does not have an integrated SOLIDWORKS interface.
- With WSS you work on the files over the network – you lose the speed you get working on your local hard disk as you get with Enterprise.