Is it easy to find data in a PLM application?

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Do you know deep web? From wikipedia, “The deep Web “…” refers to World Wide Web content that is not part of the surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines“. So making it short, web pages that we cannot access through our preferred search engines.

Oleg pointed out some time ago that PLM apps could not help searching deep corporate web! What about deep PLM? While PLM apps are always claiming they contain the product knowledge, the corporate data or other major information inside the company, it may happen that it’s quite difficult to find data into a PLM application. The PLM applications are true, the question is:  ”Can I find the data I am looking for into the PLM app?” And I have to admit that as our PLM apps are quite complex, the typical user may encounters difficulties finding what he is looking for.

Still following wikipedia,  the first reason to not find the data the user is searching is:  ”Dynamic content: dynamic pages which are returned in response to a submitted query or accessed only through a form, especially if open-domain input elements (such as text fields) are used; such fields are hard to navigate without domain knowledge“.

Domain knowledge. Here we are. A PLM app is usually “simply” coding business processes which are supposed to be well known by the entire user community. None should ignore the law. Yes. Unfortunately, laws are not always known, the user is guilty, his penalty will be to not find what is is searching for. The second penalty may be to re-create the data…

I would like to share with you an idea:  provide easy access to data in PLM application. Just a trend to make it easy:

Quick Access

This panel introduce domain knowledge, and may implement complex queries, bringing results to the user which should know how to enter the query, but don’t know how to browse data to reach the result.

What do you think?

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