Q Vendor Brief - OpenBoM
OpenBOM: Easy to use BOM when you've outgrown Excel
Why do so many companies still rely on spreadsheets to create and manage bills of materials? As implied by this question, ‘spreadsheets’ appear to be out of step with today's business technology but many factors still come into play when companies make business software decisions. For example, ERP or PLM solutions are, in many cases, either too complex or too expensive, especially for small manufacturers. Some users are moving to Google sheets for collaboration, but managing teams and tracking changes are still a major challenge, as is the lack of integration with CAD solutions.
OpenBOM moves into this vacuum and addresses all these problems with a cloud solution that allows users to create, import, and share BOMs, as well as to integrate with some of the best CAD solutions such as Autodesk, Altium, Siemens, Onshape, and Dassautl Systems. As shown below, a model built using OneShape can be converted into a BOM with only a few clicks, using the integration between the two solutions.
Why it matters?
Spreadsheets may be flexible and easy to use but they inhibit collaboration and make it very difficult for users to track changes or share information - not to mention the complete lack of integration with CAD or ERP.
OpenBOM was designed to be easy to use and robust enough to centralize and manage a lot of data, while allowing users the flexibility to work independently or in teams and use their favorite CAD tool. OpenBoM allows users and teams to collaborate on BOMs, keeping track of changes and highlighting revisions while limiting access to information, based on roles.