As-Configured Management Demonstration Using PDMPlus Configuration Management Software
Part 3 of 3 - In the first article in this series we summarized the aerospace business and technology trends which have added so much complexity into their mix of products, processes, and programs that risks paralyzing even the best defense contractors and their supply chain. In the last CMsights... Read More
Hardware Configuration Management Software for the Aerospace Supply & Service Chain
Part 2 of 3 - The importance of As-Configured Management functionality for downstream users In this latest CMsights article from CMstat on hardware configuration management software we examine one of the most important aerospace configuration management functions that downstream users of product configuration data seek in their CM tools and... Read More
Hardware Configuration Management Software for the Aerospace & Defense Supply & Service Chain
(Part 1 of 3) Finding Simplicity in Complexity In this first article of a multi-part series on hardware configuration management software tools for the aerospace and defense industry we begin by summarizing the trends which have added so much complexity that can paralyze even the best defense contractors and their... Read More
Determining if Configuration Management and Change Control are Under Management Control – Part 1
Questions A&D Managers Should Ask Their Organization: In a recent CMsights post we explored how to get managers to care about and invest in configuration management (CM), especially before some product failure or customer crisis makes them care too much. One hurdle a reader reminded us of is that when the... Read More
What Do CM Rules Do For You?
In our most recent series of CMsights Posts we addressed the question of why not use PDM software for all Configuration Management requirements, including those applications downstream of NPD engineering in aftermarket service, repair, maintenance, and overhaul. A question CMstat received afterwards was about the differences between design-centric PDM software... Read More
Why not use PDM for all CM requirements?
(Part 1 of 3) A common question we hear from industry attendees at conferences and workshops is “why can’t I just use our Product Data Management PDM software to satisfy all of our Configuration Management CM needs." The answer we at CMstat typically respond with is an honest “yes you... Read More
Who really are the users of Configuration Management software?
While recently speaking with the CM manager at an A&D site I asked what type of users did they have of their CM software. The response was that there were some doing a lot of work, but most didn’t do much at all! After my shock from this answer, it… Read More
Dissecting the Functional Requirements for Configuration Management Solutions: The Use of Configuration Items
In our last CMsights post we listed the “Top Ten Requirements” of configuration management software (CM) solutions that CMstat has heard most often from CM practitioners over our many years in business. They were presented in no particular order because their relative importance varies greatly across different industries, product lines,… Read More