Achieving Universal Data Access on Your Digital Engineering Journey

Written By: Julie Pike
  • 11/7/2016

Congratulations! You’ve just begun your journey to transform the way you engineer your products in the IoT era. If your organization has never used smart, connected products before, your first goal will be to understand your products, processes, and systems by gathering data that is stored in your enterprise systems. 

But before you can begin to leverage data from these disparate systems and connected products, you’ll need to access it. Let’s face it: without training, enterprise systems such as PLM software can be complex. Employees often need to attend extensive training sessions to be able to learn the basics of the system. Engineers are clear candidates for taking this training, being that they access these systems on a daily basis. But what about your other employees? Sure, they might need a small piece of information from your PLM or other enterprise systems once in a while – but surely having them attend training sessions is a waste of their time – and your money. It’s probably just as easy for them to ask the engineers to get the information they need, right? 

Wrong. According to an IDC whitepaper, “knowledge workers” – such as your engineers who have access to your enterprise systems -- spend about 30% of their workweek searching for information rather than working on projects. Sure, you might be saving money by not training downstream teams on how to use enterprise systems, but think of how much of your engineers’ time you’re wasting (not to mention the high cost of lost productivity!). Do you really want to further distract them from their projects?

If this sounds like a problem your organization has, then your first task on your Journey for Digital Engineering Transformation is to implement Universal Data Access. With Universal Data Access, information from your assets and enterprise systems are made available in role or task-based interfaces. With instant access to all of the data that they need and is relevant – regardless of where this data actually lives – engineers and non-engineers alike will be able to increase their efficiency (and get back some of that 30% wasted time). More consumable and easily accessible enterprise and product development data will help improve collaboration among stakeholders who will be empowered to make better decisions with the greater system transparency.

PTC Navigate is a set of applications that provides stakeholders across the company with the most up-to-date product data to your users based on their day to day responsibilities. Users can be granted access to View the information that is available, Contribute to this information, or Author new information. In addition, PTC Navigate is ideal for the “light touch” user who only needs to access product data on an infrequent basis – with no complex user experience or lengthy training, PTC Navigate is as intuitive and easy-to-use as your average smartphone application.

PTC Navigate has proven to be so revolutionary to the PLM industry, that it has quickly become the fastest growing new product line in PTC’s history, with over 70,000 seats sold in the first 9 months.

To help you decide if PTC Navigate is the right solution for your organization to achieve Universal Data Access, you can now try a free 15-day trial of PTC Navigate View. With PTC Navigate View, you can now easily:

  • View documents
  • View drawings
  • View requirements
  • View part properties
  • View parts lists
  • View part structures
  • View design files
  • View and measure in 3D

Click here to start your free trial today. 

Learn more about how your organization can transform the way it engineers in the IoT era with PTC’s Digital Engineering Journey playbook. 

  • Windchill
  • Digital Transformation
  • Electronics and High-Tech
  • CAD
  • PLM

About the Author

Julie Pike

Julie Pike is the PLM Content Marketing Specialist at PTC. She has spent her career in marketing and communications primarily in the technology industry. Follow her on Twitter at @julie_pike.