I don't have a lot of experience, but we're also looking for a good solution for those not on the office intranet. I do know that PTC WindChill is web-based system (e.g., does not require VPN) and there are options to host outside the office (e.g., IBM datacenters) so you would rely on their bandwidth. Unfortuantely, I don't have much information than that at this time.
SurfaceInk Corporation - Boston
In Reply to Spencer Eggert:
I have a question that we have been struggling with for a while. There is a lot of us engineers that are traveling and working outside of the office. We are use SmarTeam for the PDM system, and trying to do anything with it over a VPN is almost impossible. It is so slow.
I don't know if there is a fix for this or if there is something that others are doing. Just wondering if anyone has any experiences.
Thanks for the help!
Someone has to come up with something other than windchill orintralink 9. Although I have not experienced it first hand, the difficulty of use and corporate committment required for windchill is renowned to be an epic struggle. We are on intralink 3.4, and PTC's attitude is that we should be on intralink 9, and their support for intralink 3.4 is abysmal.After a review of an intralink 9 demo, we have determined that intralink 9 is as complicated as windchill and offers, in exchange of this massive effort,only the slim hope of better (or perhaps a lackadaisical as opposed to none) support from PTC and a slick web interface.
Furthermore, PTC's position is that we don't get Wildfire 5 without going to intralink 9. This is enough to encourage one to consider CAD translation to other CAD packages.
There is a rumor of a CAD publishing module from Agile, but I just don't know many details: does anyone have any experience with that package?