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Companies have realized the significant benefits of managing product
data and processes in a product data management (PDM) system like
ProductCenter™. Today’s challenge, met uniquely by the
ProductDashboard™ PDM Web portal, is to allow users themselves
to transform and organize the product data contained in your PDM
system in a context more relevant to them individually. This transforms
product data into personalized product information, significantly
enhancing each user’s decision-making capabilities.
Designed for use with SofTech’s ProductCenter collaborative
PDM solution, ProductDashboard is a unique user configurable PDM
Web portal. Similar to My Yahoo!® or other Web portals, ProductDashboard
is easy to set up and use, yet is sophisticated and fine-tuned to
support your product lifecycle processes, offering flexibility and
ease of use out of the box — at a fraction of the cost of
custom, toolkit-developed Web clients.
ProductDashboard lets you organize your own product and process
information on a user interface framework, called a dashboard, with
your selection of content and functions included as a set of instruments.
Multiple instruments can be sized and placed on a single page or
multiple tabbed pages for accessing your commonly used ProductCenter
functions, workflows, reports, queries, bookmarks to Web pages and
FTP sites, links to email and other information.
ProductDashboard enables you to create your own personal view into
ProductCenter and to access functionality from your own tailored
PDM Web portal to better support you in the performance of your
specific job functions.
Create Your Personal Dashboard
Here are just some of the many ways ProductDashboard can enhance
and expand the usefulness of your ProductCenter implementation:
As an Engineering Manager…
For assessing departmental workload and assigning tasks, easily
configure one instrument of your dashboard to list the current workload
for each of the designers reporting to you. Clearly separate these
tasks from others you’re responsible for. Add access to ProductCenter
functions to check-in/out drawings, vacation schedules, and other
information you need. View an attribute form for a product, run
a process report, or place an activity on hold from your dashboard.
As a Designer…
Tailor instrument tables to display only the attributes that are
important to you. Set up your dashboard to include information relevant
to you, for example, your Worklist of current projects, your group’s
Claimable project list, Checked Out Items tables, and a list of
extended project team members. Add a link to an engineering association
Web site or on-line trade magazine you view frequently.
ProductDashboard can be used as a ProductCenter home page, a workflow
assignment portal or a find, view and print client. Whether you’re
in engineering, manufacturing or any department in between, you
can configure it to assist you in your role throughout the product
planning and development process.
The ProductDashboard PDM Web portal is the optimum environment
to access ProductCenter data, processes, and other helpful information,
improving the usefulness of your ProductCenter implementation:
- Presents important product information in user specific context
- Simplifies navigation to desired information
- Minimizes user training and promotes use by infrequent users
- Maximizes information use, reuse, and value
- Reduces on-going support and programming costs
Benefits of Using ProductDashboard
Anyone Can Tailor It. Portal-like dashboard
editors allow easy personalization of your product web page. For
example, you can use the Dashboard Editor for adding, deleting,
and modifying panels. The Panel Editor can be used for adding and
positioning the instruments within a panel. The Instrument Editor
can be used to tailor instrument behavior and display characteristics.
Several style sheets are provided to simplify the process of establishing
a company-wide presentation theme.
Data Security Guaranteed. The safety
of your product data is always secure with standard ProductCenter
user, group, or role permissions. No one can access information,
reports, or other data without your authorization, making it easy
and secure to roll out ProductDashboard to your extended product
teams, suppliers, and other partners.
Query Table Support. Create an instrument
with content from saved queries run against the ProductCenter database,
with the option of including both the query and output for display.
As with ProductCenter, queries can be run on items, as well as workflow
processes or instances for reports on pending ECOs for example.
Access to Other Content. Create an instrument
to access information outside of ProductCenter, including other
Web pages, FTP sites, email, or even a local file stored on your
computer; extremely handy for accessing vacation schedules, phone
directories, and other items that you reference all the time.
Access to Reports. Populate and organize
an instrument to access a list of all query-based ProductCenter
reports. Tailor your list to add or delete reports from the pull-down
menu for brevity.
Access to ProductCenter Functions. Embed
ProductCenter functions in your dashboard instruments, such as Add
File, Add Project, Issue Form, and Run Search, which can be additionally
specialized to suit your needs.
Display Attributes. Configure table columns
to be any item attribute and in any order. Include attributes from
multiple forms by adding entries from one form or another. Click
on any item to ‘drill down’ for further analysis, such
as Where Used.
Configure Your Information Refresh Rate.
Set a preferred time to refresh your dashboard information. Your
refresh intervals can be seconds, minutes, hours or days thus, ensuring
that important product information is delivered to you in a timeframe
that meets your specific needs.