Share-A-space vs PDM, PLM and ERP systems
Is Share-A-space a PDM, PLM or an ERP system? Neither the first,
nor the latter: Share-A-space integrates data from all of these
systems. Below is a description of Share-A-space in relation to
PDM, PLM and ERP systems.
Share-A-space provides a neutral, standards-based repository for
shared product information, and a "politically neutral" environment
for connecting multiple information sources of collaborating
Rich reference framework
Share-A-space implements a rich object schema, based on STEP AP239
(PDMschema and PLCS). This provides the richest reference framework
possible, so that any other lifecycle information model can easily
map onto a shared environment without any schema extension or
A pure and independent data sharing
Share-A-space implements a fixed object schema making it a "pure"
data sharing mechanism that is independent of, and not encumbered
by, the business processes used at the partners, and so can provide
rapid and unambiguous exchange between systems with different
business logic. An out of the box solution that is easy to set up
enables business agility.
Delivers data consolidation
Share-A-space delivers data consolidation. This enables
incremental changes to product lifecycle configuration data to be
quickly captured from authoring systems, integrated into the shared
total product definition and published, supporting multiple
Makes data STEP and PLCS compliant
Share-A-space makes data STEP and PLCS compliant. Any data put
into Share-A-space® will become STEP and PLCS compliant and this is
an attractive way to "get to STEP and PLCS" instead of upgrading
in-house legacy systems.
Data sharing hub
Share-A-space is a data sharing "hub" that provides a lower-cost
alternative to costly maintenance of direct interfaces between
multiple PDM/PLM/ILS/ERP systems.
Shared repository for long-life product
Share-A-space is a shared repository for long-life product data
that will endure (because of the standards-based schema) for the
lifetime of the project/product, while collaborating partners, and
their information systems, may change.
Storing product lifecycle configuration
Share-A-space is an efficient environment for just storing
published product lifecycle configuration information, without the
overheads of full PDM/PLM capabilities.
Adds value to existing systems
Share-A-space adds value to existing systems like PDM/PLM/ILS/ERP.
Current systems may remain in place but at the same time data is
consolidated and made standards compliant as well as easily
available for authorized business partners.