Intralink, should we buy it??

Discussion in 'Pro/Engineer & Creo Elements/Pro' started by Rick, Aug 1, 2005.

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    Rick Guest

    We are a three strong design office in a small manufacturing company
    with about 30 office employees (we have five seats of Pro/e). We don't
    have an IT department and we don't have many assemblies but we would
    like to link our pro/e files to other manufacturing data.

    We considered getting Intralink many years ago but feedback indicated
    that it was unstable and required a lot of IT support. Has it
    improved? Are you from a small company who has implemented Intralink -
    would you recommend we give it a try?
     
    Rick, Aug 1, 2005
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    peterdouglas Guest

    Rick,

    Regardless of your 'small business' status, you certainly need some
    form of data management - and Intralink is as good as any. Arguably
    better, actually, because it is designed to work with ProE.

    That being said, Intralink is just recently undergoing major changes to
    Version 8. This is more a Windchill application than traditional
    Intralink. Conversion for we 'mature' users is going to be a strain,
    but worth it. For someone just starting out ground-up it should be a
    lot easier since you aren't bringing years of Intralink 1.x/2.x/3.x
    along with you.

    If I were you, I would take a long, hard look at PTC's new "PLM
    On-Demand" service. It is Windchill PDMLink, hosted and maintained
    online for you by IBM. No worrying about backup, servers, etc. There
    is a monthly subscription fee involved. All you need is a web browser
    and a reasonably fast internet connection. The synopsys is located at:

    http://www.ptc.com/community/plm_on_demand/index.htm

    Regards
    Peter Brown
    Jarvis
     
    peterdouglas, Aug 1, 2005
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    Rick Guest

    Thanks Peter
    Anyone else out there got some views on this?
     
    Rick, Aug 3, 2005
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    peterdouglas Guest

    No, just me.
     
    peterdouglas, Aug 3, 2005
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    KP Guest

    We have 6 Pro/E seats and share projects amongst all of them. To do this
    and not cause headaches you most have Intralink or another product just like
    it. Currently I perform all of the support for the engineering department
    with no help from our IT people. Personally, I don't think 90% of the IT
    people out there could handle it anyway. That said I couldn't at first
    either. But once the first install was done by a contractor it ran just
    fine until it was time for an update.

    Updates are the hard part. Every once in a while PTC decides that a version
    of Pro/E won't work with the older version of Intralink anymore. (They
    claim these are software errors but I am a conspiracy theorist so you know
    what I think.) When the time comes for upgrading to a new version of
    Intralink you will need hand holding a few times as I did but, eventually,
    it won't be too bad.

    Another poster has mentioned Intralink 8. From what I have read it will
    cost a minimum of $20k just for the conversion software (which you have to
    buy ... you can't have somebody do it for you with their software and charge
    you a fee for using it ... unless you want to call $20k a fee) not to
    mention that you probably won't be able to do it yourself anyway so you can
    add at least another $4k for a consultant even if you performed previous
    upgrades yourself.

    Basically, you should either wait a few months or go with the IBM on-demand
    solution. The only worry I have is whether IBM will commit to this for more
    than a few years. They might decide there is not enough money in it and
    just give it up. Also, the on-demand stuff includes much more than
    Intralink like stuff. It is really more oriented towards a systems aproach
    to projects as well so you can do things like APQP with it.

    Unfortunately, Intralink is only part of the solution. Everyone MUST use it
    religiously or else it is useless. I have two engineers that do not use it
    properly and this causes no end of headaches for everyone involved.
     
    KP, Aug 8, 2005
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