In the last blog post, we discussed Flatter Files. The next step in the data management marathon involves resource management. We're finding more and more small and medium businesses are adopting a Cloud-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system to manage the physical resources that allow the business to run. Again, SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional has a connector that works with most ERP systems, so that problem is partially solved by built-in functionality. However, PDM workflows and processes don't grow on trees, as they say. Instead, companies are clamoring for a solution that fits within their existing CAD investment that allows them to collaborate more seamlessly with these internal and external stakeholders.
In the last blog post, we discussed the built-in options for automating some tasks using SOLIDWORKS PDM Tasks. However, to solve the rest of the Data Distribution issues that plague any given design firm, we present one of our favorite solutions that addresses these needs and more: Flatter Files.
In our last installment, we spent a bit of time talking about the data creation and management pieces, and fortunately we are seeing SOLIDWORKS PDM adoption climb along with our users' knowledge of SOLIDWORKS. PDM instantly solves most of the data management needs for SOLIDWORKS users. However, the need that most companies are failing to address, regardless of their data management situation, is distribution of data.
"What we've found over the past 5 or so years, is that the problems most companies face today are not related to usage of the SOLIDWORKS software anymore—most of their problems are data management and distribution problems."
-Chad Garrish, Co-founder and EVP of Converge
We're all familiar with the SaaS model, or Software as a Service, whether we know it or not. Think of Software as a Service as a subscription model that allows you to use software, or in some cases install it locally when you're paid up on your subscription. Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, and even some CAD suites are examples that adhere to this model. OnShape and Autodesk's Fusion 360 have pioneered SaaS in the CAD space, and the makers of SOLIDWORKS are poised to enter the market with the much anticipated 3D Experience Platform. In the near future, it's a safe bet that most, if not all of the software you use today will be delivered in the SaaS manner.
Over the past several weeks we've looked at different aspects of the question of Private vs Public Cloud. We started with an overview. From there, we talked about pricing, security, and then management. Today we'll take a look at how the two options compare in the areas of reliability and performance.
Last week in our series on Private vs Public Cloud, we discussed Security and Compliance. The final and most important part of the puzzle for EpiGrid when considering Public Vs. Private Cloud is the ability for Converge to manage not only the Cloud-host, but also the PDM Vault as well. With a Private Cloud, we're able to deploy, train, AND manage the vault seamlessly after the fact. Since EpiGrid owns the hardware and licensing at the host, instead of carving out virtual servers from a conglomeration of servers, we are able to manage the solution top to bottom, all while reducing the amount of time your design team spends on IT impediments.
This is the third post in our series on Public vs Private Cloud. We started with an overview and then delved into a comparison of pricing last week. Today we will look at the security and compliance that our private Cloud solutions for SOLIDWORKS offer. While we can't speak for what kind of security every public Cloud solution offers, I think it's safe to assume we won't be beaten in this regard.
One of the most important aspects of a Cloud-hosted solution is the necessity for it to be in compliance with any governing agency that has final approval of a given design. We strive to deliver a system that meets any compliance standard imposed on your organization.
Last week we gave you an overview of the topic of Private vs Public Cloud. Starting with this post, we will now dive deeper into the differences between the two approaches over the next few weeks and give you an idea why we chose to go the private route.
Here at Converge, we've adopted the Cloud as a means to facilitate collaboration and data distribution using our existing CAD tools, namely SOLIDWORKS. We provide and implement EpiGrid Cloud-hosted services to help you eliminate IT burdens when trying to solve the difficult problems of data management and collaboration. However, with a seemingly endless amount of Cloud providers, why should you choose EpiGrid over household names like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft's Azure, or even DropBox?