SOLIDWORKS Will Retire Workgroup PDM: The Road Ahead [UPDATED]

By Eric Bright on

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SOLIDWORKS is changing the future availability of SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM (WGPDM). The product has reached the limit of what it can do with its architecture, but not to worry. There is plenty of time to plan for your future data management needs. 

You will be better served by migrating to either SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional or to SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard. SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard will be available with each SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium CAD license (2016 and future releases). 

This change won’t just happen overnight. Here is the current timeline for the active releases of SOLIDWORKS:

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Release

SOLIDWORKS WGPDM will still be included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium and as separately purchased products. We will include information in the installation and upgrade dialogs that will notify customers of the changes. 

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Release

SOLIDWORKS WGPDM will still be included with SOLIDWORKS Professional and Premium and as separately purchased products. SOLIDWORKS 2017 and SOLIDWORKS WGPDM will be supported until December 31, 2018.

SOLIDWORKS 2018 Release

SOLIDWORKS WGPDM will no longer be supported for new or existing customers. 

For customers that are currently on subscription with separately purchased Workgroup PDM products such as the standalone SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM add-on product, the Workgroup Contributor or Viewer products or the Advanced Server product, we will be offering upgrade paths to similar SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard products.

Using SOLIDWORKS Workgroup PDM?

We want to make this transition as smooth as possible. We have the experience and tools to help migrate your data from SOLIDWORKS WGPDM to one of the SOLIDWORKS PDM products. 

Where to start? This is a topic asked many times over, as the task at hand can seem daunting. Here are some guidelines to help you produce a bulleted check list to see which PDM system will meet your needs both now and in the future. Evaluating the PDM Software against this list vs. seeing what the software can do is an efficient path to a solution.

Needs Road Map:

  • Define Departments / Interaction
  • Understand your current usage / growth
  • Where is my Data: PDM Workgroup / Windows Explorer?
  • How are you sharing data?
    • Internal and External usage
  • PDM System Interaction with other systems (ERP, MRP, etc..)
    • How are Bill of Materials handled
    • Where do you get Part Numbers, etc…
  • Web Access for View, Print and Search capabilities
  • What is your current ECO (Engineering Change Order) process like?
    • Is it on paper only, is it an Excel or Word file, is it in a database such as Access, etc?
    • ECO could also be called things like ECR (Engineering Change Request) or ECN (Engineering Change Notice) or just EC (Engineering Change). It is whatever process they use to document and, most likely, collect signatures and approvals to make a change or revision to a Part, Drawing, and/or Item.
  • Identify the type of documents you want to manage
  • Who will be the administrator(s) of the system

Let us help walk you through this transition with a process audit. During our audit, we’ll present your options along with reviewing the current status of your data in PDM Workgroup and Windows Explorer.