Simple PLM Technologies?

 I spent most of my long Thanksgiving weekend break out of PLM-ish world. Also it was Black-Friday, so world around me was overflowed with ads and sales promotion. Interesting observation- world is short and flat. List and link is most successful abstraction to present data around me. So, why we are trying to present complex structures and hierarchies of data to user? I think users will like data to be presented in simple lists with selection and links. BTW – first BOM was list of items (not tree).

 What is your opinion on this? 


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  • Although SharePoint is clearly not meant for complex structures, it is interesting that it might fit this model well. SharePoint is excellent at simple lists with specific contexts. In reality, isn’t that a single-level of a BOM, an attributed list with a specific context? Ahhh, but is that enough? There is real benefit to deep where used information and roll-ups of multi-level BOMs. I think simple “list and link” (good term, by the way) presentation of information could be powerful, but complex structures still need to be maintained.

  • Jonathan, I agree with you. Functionally I’d prefer simple list. But we need to balance with number of clicks you will have to do. This is actually opposite side of the problem. As soon as you have simpler user experience, number of you need to perform tasks can grow. So, need to look for balance. – Oleg

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