Winter Slowdown, SharePoint and Enterprise PLM Scale?

Winter slowdown is a good time to clean back logs of RSS readers and work on urgent development projects. Especially when it comes together with the snow blizzard. Take a look on the fresh picture I just made out of my house in Brookline.

I read ECM Connection post Benchmark Test Results Show SharePoint Ready For Enterprise Content Management Scale. I downloaded the white paper mentioned in this post using the following link. I never heard aboutStorSimple. According to the website, the company provides an appliance and data solution with the focus on SharePoint and Exchange. Recently I had few discussions about SharePoint and PLM on the blog and on twitter. In that context, I found the following passage from this post and related links interesting:

"SharePoint has been a great product for us since we managed 300 gigabytes (GB) of content, but there were severalcategories of content we could not let our users store in SharePoint, including CAD drawings and video, which are critical to day-to-day operations," said Shawn Partridge, vice president of information technology for Rockford Construction. "WithStorSimple we are now able to let users collaborate on this content in SharePoint, and plan to double or triple the amount of SharePoint content over the next six months. The increased performance and unlimited usage of SharePoint has had a major impact of user satisfaction."

I can see PLM companies and solution providers are making statements about SharePoint usage for the collaboration purposes. For me, it says to expand core PLM with the ability to leverage SharePoint infrastructure for content sharing. Such long time players as Siemens PLM having their TeamCenter Community product already many years, probably accumulated an experience of scalable for with SharePoint. PTC is rolling out their Windchill ProductPointsolution is an example of another PLM company having large stakes in SharePoint PLM business. Here is the interesting quote from PTC’s website:

With SharePoint as its foundation, Windchill ProductPoint exemplifies social product development, namely, the convergence of Microsoft’s social computing initiative—the use of social networking technologies and associated Web 2.0 services for business-related purposes—and product development activities. The result: A heightened degree of collaboration, productivity and effectiveness in the use and leverage of CAD data across organizations.

What is my conclusion? Microsoft is working hard to put strong stakes in the mid-range and enterprise scale organizations. 300GB is not a big chunk of content when it comes to CAD/PLM data. I wonder to see the latest experience of customers using SharePoint solution to work with heavy content (3D CAD, 2D Drawing, etc.) together with hardware solutions they are deployed for this type of content. Kind of important to understand a potential SharePoint slowdown before starting the project.

Best, Oleg

2 Responses to Winter Slowdown, SharePoint and Enterprise PLM Scale?

  1. Oleg, just posted an article over on regarding the opportunity for PLM within SharePoint that may be of interest to you and your readers. With a background in PLM and SharePoint, and having helped create a SharePoint-like platform for E2open, I know something about the ad hoc collaboration needs of the space, and the gaps within SharePoint. But I believe these are gaps that can be overcome, and capitalized upon.

  2. Christian, Thanks for the comment and link. I think, there is an opportunity to leverage SharePoint in PLM business and PLM vendors are making steps in these directions. The strategy of major PLM players (DS, Siemens and PTC) are different. In addition, the value of SharePoint needs to be adjusted to the implementation scale. I wrote about that in few other articles on my blog. Here is the latest one — Best, Oleg

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