Well, it's been a day or two since I last checked in due to lack of internet connection and the next hectic stage of our travel schedule. We left India yesterday after a very successful Channel Summit meeting attended by over 70 people representing almost 40 resellers and our own colleagues from Autodesk India. We had a very productive day with our partners, and from my own perspective it was fabulous to see so much enthusiasm around data management. Here's yours truly waving his arms around during my pitch:
These guys are ready to take the Autodesk DM story to our customers, and as I saw from my customer visits we will be solving the same classic problems that we see all over the world when manufacturers are trying to manage engineering data in the Windows file system.
I spent quite a bit of time chatting with the partners about how powerful the Bill of Materials capabilities are within Productstream, so I thought it timely to launch a BOM Pop Quiz:
1. You skin your knuckles creating a bloody brilliant looking parts list on your assembly drawing, but did you know that further downstream someone somewhere might be re-ntering all that great data all over again into your company ERP/MRP system (and mucking it up)?
First off, Productstream's BOM capability allows you to capture your mechanical structures from Inventor or AutoCAD Mechanical automatically and complete the process by adding non-drawn items etc. Then your colleage in production engineering can take all that data and simply export it out in the file format of their choice for easy import into other systems. No need to break a sweat, no way to make a mistake.
2. Your boss stops by to ask you "can you show me the BOM for the configuration we shipped to Acme Corp. on March 30th 2003? They've got a problem with the machine and no one can tell me exactly what we sent". How long will it take you to get that information together?
Fear no more, because with the BOM Views in Productstream 5 that level of information is at your fingertips for the first time. BOM Views help you inspect BOM information:
- by a specific date
- by current effective state or
- by the default "today" view
Now that's intelligent! Oh, and I promised I would try to capture some of the street life before we left Bangalore, and although I didn't get much on camera I thought you'd like to see one of the many forms of transport on offer for the adventurous:
That's it for now, look out for my next entry from Seoul, Korea.