We recently moderated a
roundtable webinar about SmarTeam among current users. We focused on three main
areas of discussion: the current status of SmarTeam, suggestions for the
future, and how to move to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
The Current Status of SmarTeam
In our roundtable, we
discussed how the ENOVIA SmarTeam PDM application remains a supported product.
It is useful for small to mid-sized companies and engineering departments by
providing design data management with single-site or single-discipline
collaboration. Because it is based on a V5 platform just like CATIA V5, as long as
Dassault Systèmes supports CATIA V5, it will also support SmarTeam.
We understand that when DS support for SmarTeam comes to an end,
it will surely be a phased process, with users able to purchase extended
support. You can depend on DS giving plenty of notice when it’s time to suspend
support for SmarTeam.
Current users don’t need to immediately migrate off SmarTeam,
but they need to understand that it is based on older technology that will
eventually be replaced. At xLM Solutions, we are conducting many SmarTeam
upgrades and customization/extension projects.
Looking to the Future
It is always wise to be proactive when dealing with technology
that is slated to be replaced. The first step when investigating a replacement
system for SmarTeam is to look at current business processes, understand which
are the critical processes and document the use cases/user stories of how users
are working today. Next steps include reviewing various solutions that match
There is an established migration path from SmarTeam to the
3DEXPERIENCE platform, with technologies and methods already in place to move data
from SmarTeam to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
For those users already working with the DS product line,
including CATIA or SOLIDWORKS, 3DEXPERIENCE will be an excellent fit. For
non-CAD specific or a competitor’s CAD users, we also suggest that you consider
When reviewing different solutions, it’s important to compare:
- Ease of use
- Cost of licenses
- Total cost of ownership
- Relationship with the vendor
- How you are using SmarTeam now and how that translates to 3DEXPERIENCE or another system
Users will want to understand if a new system can do what they
need it to do and fully grasp how to get the data out of their current system
into a new system. It can be a large undertaking to make sure a new system
supports the special functionality you have in your current system. A
critical step is to document the key requirements required for the new system
and understand how the requirements will be met.
During the roundtable, we also discussed data migration, which can include
CAD data and associated metadata, engineering change data, engineering and
manufacturing BOM data, and non-CAD data including test backs, lab reports, and
marketing data. In a data migration process, we identify which data is needed
in the new system and which data can be purged.
Moving to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform
xLM Solutions has worked with many customers migrating data from
SmarTeam to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. We understand that every customer will
have different priorities and requirements for their PLM implementation. Working with a
consultant with extensive experience makes for a smoother process.
One xLM Solutions customer, for example, had a significant
amount of customization in its SmarTeam implementation. As this customer
started using 3DEXPERIENCE, we were able to remove about a half of the
customizations because the new system could handle the company’s processes
directly out of the box. The customer later added customizations to
3DEXPERIENCE to fit its unique needs and expand the solution into other areas.
Another customer had very few customizations in its use of
SmarTeam but as we migrated from SmarTeam to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we
added customizations relating to CAD mapping to match its previous use of
We had another data migration customer with over one million
documents in SmarTeam plus data from its ERP system. Over about 18 months, our
team worked to identify any functionality gaps and coordinate the data
migration – the entire project took a couple migration cycles to get to the
This customer also required expanded BOM management processes
and so the customer decided to migrate from SmarTeam to the 3DEXPERIENCE
platform because it had better method to synch with ERP data. As the customer
expanded its operations, it added more 3DEXPERIENCE modules, for example, for
quality and project management.
Are you considering
moving from SmarTeam to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform? Interested in
discovering what you can or should be doing with your SmarTeam system? Need
more information on 3DEXPERIENCE? Contact xLM Solutions for expert guidance and consultation.