I attended the morning Teamcenter Express session. Eduard Marfa from Siemens PLM gave live demos of Teamcenter Express V4 which included the UI, project manager and - what I think will be a hit with users - the shop floor client. The client is designed to improve the collaboration between design and manufacturing. Earlier today, Bill McClure explained that anyone who needs to find and view data, either 2D or 3D, should really be the ideal user of the Shop Floor client. While the majority of people who requested this came from the shop floor, it is not limited only to those folks.
Eduard presented some key facts about Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMBs) courtesy of Crimson Consulting:
59% using Windows File Manager (no PDM)
48% considering PDM
22% evaluating/plotting PDM
These figures are not surprising and I expect overtime, companies who are evaluating a PDM system will increase as the amount of CAD data increases. John Devitry from Space Dynamics Lab at Utah State University (SDU) asked "Where do you start with regards to implementation on Teamcenter Express? Just the engineering group first and then who do you get buy-in from?"
"Teamcenter Express is modular. Start in CAD management and maybe version control. Then add documentation management. You're right, start at the core competencies and expand." Eduard Marfa
After the session, John stopped by to chat. He teaches Solid Edge and currently uses Insight to manage the CAD data. His objective at the conference is to figure out how to "sell" Teamcenter Express internally at SDU. He's at the right location, the conference is packed with experts who can help him!