The Social Bill of Material Tools Dream

I’m still dreaming about social Bill of Material tools for organizations. I’ve been  thinking about being able to co-develop a Bill of Materials by a group of people at the same time. Recently, I’ve seen more and more systems offering the ability to work simultaneously on content such as documents, spreadsheets, etc. An example of such tools is Zoho (Zoho Writers, Sheet, Show, Notebooks and others). I also heard that Zoho is working on a Zoho Wiki product in this area, but I haven’t had chance seen it yet.

What about imaging tools that would allow multiple engineers to work on a Bill of Materials at the same time?. They could add/review/comment, and, at the end, a  ready-to-go Bill of Materials could be created. What technologies could be used today to create such a tool? I was thinking that MS Excel services might be appropriate, because it is an accepted user experience for all customers. However, I believe that Wiki engines could also be used to create such a tool.

Maybe you already have such a tool, or plan to implement a similar one?   Please share your experience/feedback…


Disclaimer: I’m co-founder and CEO of OpenBOM developing cloud based bill of materials and inventory management tool for manufacturing companies, hardware startups and supply chain. My opinion can be unintentionally biased.


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