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Product Data Management and Software Configuration Management Integration


Publication Type:

Licentiate Thesis


Mälardalen University Press


Today, many products are built from both hardware and software components, this especially being true for technologically high-end and complex products such as cars, aircrafts, or mobile phones. Development of such products requires an integrated support that encompasses different domains such as electronics, mechanics, and software. Previously separated, the development of hardware and software components is becoming a common undivided process, which also requires integration of tools providing this support. One of the today’s key factors for an integrated product information management is the possibility of integrated and uniform use of Product Data Management (PDM) and Software Configuration Management (SCM). These tools have similar purpose: providing an overall support for building and managing information infrastructure and collaboration between stakeholders. Yet, the integration of these tools and supporting processes has proven to be difficult and challenging for many companies.The main objective of this thesis is to study the feasibility of achieving an integrated, consistent and efficient support to the complex products life cycles by PDM and SCM, either as separated or integrated tools. This objective has been achieved by several research activities: (i) analysis of the main characteristics of PDM and SCM, i.e. their key functionalities and relations between them, (ii) numerous industrial case studies of PDM and SCM usage and their interoperability, and (iii) a discussion of the hypothesis that the three factors, namely, technologies and architectures, processes, and stakeholders’ cultural differences, are of a vital importance for a successful integration.As a result the thesis provides a basis for thorough understanding of PDM and SCM and the prerequisites for their successful integration. The research is primarily based on literature studies, industrial case studies, and long experience from work in industry.


author = {Annita Persson-Dahlqvist},
title = {Product Data Management and Software Configuration Management Integration},
number = {58},
month = {December},
year = {2005},
publisher = {M{\"a}lardalen University Press},
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