PLM tool requirements

Subject: PLM tool requirements
From: "David Tinsley" <dtinsley -at- ndigital -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:21:16 -0500

Greetings,

I have been tasked with producing a list of ranked requirements, needs and wants, that I would expect from a PLM tool in TechComm. Oh and by next Tuesday! (The other functions within the company are also tasked with producing requirements for their departments, hardware, mechanical, CM etc.)

My reason for posting is to tap into the collective experience of other tech writing folk in using such a tool.

Currently I use ClearCase as a repositry of source files and material and Notes as a vehicle for sign-off approvals. The files in Notes are the final files that can be accessed through our ERP. Cludgy, but that is what the company currently uses.

My very basic understanding of PLM from a tech writing perspective is that I will be able to control both source files, revision control and sign-off in one place?

Any input would be appreciated. What tools to suggest, pros and cons and any experiences, good or bad that you may have had with specific tools.

Thanks in advance,

David

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