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Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

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Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

Pro/E User Community,


Wildfire 5 is currently NOT supported with Intralink 3.X. Raytheon is
talking with PTC about the possibility of adding Wildfire 5 support with
Intralink 3.X.

Please respond to this survey if your company is unable to upgrade to
Wildfire 5 at this time due to Intralink data management constraints.



What version of Pro/E are you using now?



Assuming PTC supported Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.X, would your company
upgrade to Wildfire 5 and when?



What is your data management strategy beyond Intralink 3.X including time
frame?



Please reply to -. I will be compiling feedback to
present to PTC.

Best Regards,

Margi Korch
Raytheon Missile Systems
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Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

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Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

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At what cost would you pay for PTC to support Ilink 3.4+ with WF5?
Intralink has been a no revenue product for PTC for almost 2 years now, except those that paid for the extra year support until June 2009 to get WF4 support. Would everyone be entitled to the WF5 support or just those who have already paid for the additional year for WF4? Do those on WF3 have to pay for the WF4 support before they can get the WF5 support.

I'll also play devil's advocate and say you have all had plenty of notice that PTC did not want to support Intralink 3.x products for 4 years now. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do an unpleasant upgrade. Windchill-based solutions are more support intensive, but what is the cost of staying on out-dated technology? Eventually, PTC is going to say NO MORE to these Intralink 3.x upgrades.

Ben

Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

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Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

As much as I dislike restarting this old debate, I feel I should respond.

*"Intralink has been a no revenue product for PTC for almost 2 years now..."
* Our maintenance did not get reduced. Same revenue (actually a little
more per seat) as 4 years ago which included Intralink (& still does).

*"Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do an unpleasant upgrade."...*
Hopefully PTC understands that biting the bullet could very well mean
switching platforms.

No offense intended Ben. There is a lot going on in some companies these
days & attempting bite that bullet could trigger moving our whole design
department overseas. We have to reduce costs, not increase them.
IMO the PTC marketing folks made a huge mistake killing a product their
customers purchased & trying to force their customers to purchase something
new. Remember, PTC originally claimed Intralink was going away
completely. Sell a product, collect maintenace for years, then kill it &
force customers to buy new product, a winning formula! Maybe PTC can come
out with a new parametric 3D CAD program & tell their customers ProE is
going away, you have to buy this NEW program.

Yes, PTC back-petaled & Intralink 9 or whatever they call it is not going
away. Hopefully Intralink 10 will be something that we can migrate to
easier, as in copy the files to a server, run set-up, import the data dump
from 3.4, load the clients, train the users & go. For all I know Intralink
9 *is* that easy... but not from what I've heard.

Regards,
Joe S.




On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Ben Loosli <-> wrote:

> At what cost would you pay for PTC to support Ilink 3.4+ with WF5?
>
> Intralink has been a no revenue product for PTC for almost 2 years now,
> except those that paid for the extra year support until June 2009 to get WF4
> support. Would everyone be entitled to the WF5 support or just those who
> have already paid for the additional year for WF4? Do those on WF3 have to
> pay for the WF4 support before they can get the WF5 support.
>
>
>
> I'll also play devil's advocate and say you have all had plenty of notice
> that PTC did not want to support Intralink 3.x products for 4 years now.
> Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and do an unpleasant upgrade.
> Windchill-based solutions are more support intensive, but what is the cost
> of staying on out-dated technology? Eventually, PTC is going to say NO MORE
> to these Intralink 3.x upgrades.
>
>
> Ben
>

Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

Just my $.02...



Paying maintenance does not mean you get future upgrades, it just means
that you get support during the period you paid for...



As a critic of the one-source-for-all-CAD-tools approach put forward by
PTC, we are always at the mercy of them for all of our CAD modules, and
they can 'upgrade' them at any time.



Didn't PTC have something called ProPDM before Interlink?



... tell them to open-source Inrterlink if it's a dead product, all
Interlink users should already have the ability to get licenses for the
underlying IP from third parties anyway.



You can vote with your dollars, that ALWAYS works...



Just my $.02...



Christopher Gosnell

TRIGON INC.
FPD Company
124 Hidden Valley Road
McMurray, PA 15317
PH: 724.941.5540
FX: 724.941.8322
www.fpdinc.com

Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

I think for many the issue isn't that they refuse to "bite the bullet" but
that it takes a while to chew and swallow it and during this time they are
continuing to pay maintenance for older versions of software (ie WF3 and
WF4) and will be unable to upgrade to WF5 / WF6 for the foreseeable future
as they work to transition to whatever PDM solution they are moving to.

If PTC made the transition to the new PDM system(s) easier, many of us
would have finished moving by now.




Todd Stahlhut
CAE Administrator, Mechanical Design
Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC



Indianapolis, IN
317 306-2254 office
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Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

Todd hit the nail on the head in my view

I used to be able to upgrade my ProPDM and Intralink systems myself so used
to see value in the maintenance program as I could upgrade to whatever I
thought was suitable, quickly and easily.

Were now on PDMLink and because we feel its too higher risk to the business
to do the upgrades ourselves at the moment we have to pay for the upgrades
aswell as maintenance. I really hope they get it right this time too, the
last one left a bit of a bad taste in my bosses mouths so their reluctant
to pay the money. R8 is reaching end of life and is not supported on the
later proe version so what do you do. (i was gonna write something there
but I will try and keep this professional)

If this upgrade process was simplified more people would run with it

Its a cash cow and we're being milked!!!!!




Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

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Pro/Intralink was PTC's third data management system.
Don't know the original ssytem name.
Pro/PDM was the second PDM system that PTC sold.
Pro/Intralink was next and included some tools to migrate from Pro/PDM.
Windchill/PDMLink was next but was never useable as an Intralink 'replacement' until V7 of Windchill.
Windchill/Intralink was introduced to make the CAD vaulting easier at Windchill 8.
PDMLink is a lot more complex than the Intralink application built on Windchill.
A lot of users claimed that until 9.1 of Intralink, they lacked functionality that was in 3.3/3.4 of Pro/Intralink.
I was involved in a Pro/Intralink 3.3 to PDMLink 7 upgrade at one company and a psuedo upgrade of Pro/PDm to PDMLink 7 at another. Isay psuedo becasue it was a total manual upgrade process as PTC had no tools to help with that migration.

I do understand alot of the comments about costs and that this upgrade is expensive, etc. But from PTC's side, how long can you expect them to back-peddle and continue updating a system they don't want to update. PTC has already killed to PDM products.

The company I was at that used Pro/PDM didn't kill it until August 2008, when we just said enough. The actual reason for killing Pro/PDM was obsolete hardwaremaintenance costs on SGI servers that ran Pro/PDM.It was also the end of them using Pro/E 2001 and switching everyone to Wildfire.

Ben

Survey - Would your company take advantage of Wildfire 5 with Intralink 3.x?

Pro/Project was the data manager before Pro/PDM.

Rob Reifsnyder
Mechanical Design Engineer/ Pro/E Librarian
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Mission Systems & Sensors (MS2)
497 Electronics Parkway
Liverpool, NY 13088
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