Guide to SOLIDWORKS Database Managed Products
(PDM Standard, PDM Professional, Electrical, PCB) - Installation and Upgrading
Quite often, we (SOLIDWORKS resellers) are asked by customer/users “How do I install/upgrade SOLIDWORKS PDM/Electrical/PCB?”
It’s a simple question, right?
The answer is not so simple. Application experts can find it hard to answer these questions, not because they don’t know the answer, but due to the number of variables that can affect how they would offer solutions.
Why is it so hard to answer these questions?
The short answer is: These are database managed software systems with multiple server components and client software.
Anecdote: Once during a sales call, a customer challenged me as to why he could not install PDM Professional himself. His direct question was “Does SOLIDWORKS provide enough documentation for me to do it myself?”. The answer is unequivocally YES. The PDM installation guide is a 200+ page PDF. It accounts for every type of server topology possible. The real challenge for non PDM experts is the unintended ignorance, what they didn’t know they didn’t know. Let us help you define the necessary information for their environment and end goal.
The best intangible benefit of hiring a SOLIDWORKS reseller for implementation services for PDM, Electrical, or PCB is the project planning and IT guidance. We’re not here to tell you what to do, how to do it, or what server you should buy. We’re here to understand your business process, listen to your end goals, and help you through every step of the way from starting the install to ensuring your users are trained on how to effectively use the product. We leverage our experience with companies, big and small, and show you the best practices we’ve seen be successful. We want to work with your IT and management team.
Also, implementation services can be a huge benefit because an experienced application expert can provide the following:
We all know or can imagine what kind of trouble we can make for ourselves if we don’t know how to properly use the heavy equipment we have or mismanage our data from the start. We invite you to consider implementation and training services, so you can get working quickly and effectively in a short amount of time. Remember learning SOLIDWORKS on your own? It may have only taken you a few weeks, but our Essentials course is a 500-page book in 4 days. Implementation is about getting you all the information you need up front, so you can be productive faster.
Below is some additional information regarding the specific product you are interested in.
Other IT Considerations before Implementation:
Possible Topology Scenarios (most common, not all):
Useful information to gather:
Useful Information to Gather
About the author
Nadia Shea has been with MLC CAD Systems since 2008 and currently serves in the role of Elite Application Expert. Her professional background ranges from the computer gaming industry to welding to servicing all products in the SOLIDWORKS portfolio.