Autodesk Fusion Lifecycle PLM

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Autodesk PLM review by <span>My N.</span>
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Modern UI Version Needs Work

What do you like best?

The support from the AD team. FLC has a great potential to drive a majority of company business processes as the de-facto business process engine, but the application really needs to be stable.

What do you dislike?

The modern UI version is buggy and unstable. The incorporation of cPDM with FLC is extremely flawed in security and relationships. The interfaces between cPDM, Autodesk Drive, and FLC are not consistent. The document viewer has multiple bugs and the UX can be cleaned up. The UI/UX while better than the classic can be much more intuitive. Why does it take so many clicks??? The mobile app does not allow you to view attachments so it is almost worthless. System speed is also an issue. Using the system in China and Europe can be challenging. Browser compatibility is limited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Wait until the kinks are worked out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using this system as a single source of truth for the company. We have deployed document management, CAPA, MRB, Training, and certifications and are looking to deploy BOM and NPI. Benefits have been minor due to the amount of bugs in the system.

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Autodesk PLM review by <span>Johnny B.</span>
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Overall a great solution for some, but not without its shortcomings

What do you like best?

The high level of customization and 'you can pretty much do anything you want' vibe of the whole application. For instance, the way in which any team's workflows can be directly translated to a block diagram is very powerful, and the scripting engine allows for some pretty deep add-on customization.

The robust API makes custom integrations easy for even an untrained programmer like myself.

The admin module (workflow editor, item details editor, etc.) is very easy to use and overall a great user experience. This is often overlooked in systems like these.

The concept behind workspaces and items and their relationships is easy to explain to just about any user, allowing them to cook up their own workspaces if they request them.

What do you dislike?

The entire document/attachment system. There's no bulk file imports, and everything is limited to a one-to-one item to file relationship. Large workarounds and scripts must be created to accommodate some very simple document management operations. Support has indicated that this is changing, but I've seen nothing in the last year.

The sourcing tab is very limited, and bulk import/export are not easy to accomplish (e.g. BOM scrubbing).

While attractive, the classification module is completely useless - the data cannot be exported, reported on, or displayed in BOMs.

Generally, although the scripting module powerful, it's clear that it's being used overused (out of the box) to write in features that ought to be easier to administrate (e.g. workflow approvals, custom part numbering)

It's also lacking out of the box integration with other Autodesk tools, even ones explicitly named Fusion!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Your admin must know how to program (JavaScript), or otherwise be willing to learn at a beginner/intermediate level (depending on the complexity of your processes). If that's not possible, you may be spending a lot of time on the phone with the support team.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BOM management, cross-team coordination, and rapid estimate generation for our entire prefab building system.

The ability to write a custom integration with Revit API has allowed us to automatically keep BOMs up to date on a project to project basis, with the simple click of a button.

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Autodesk PLM review by <span>Kenny C.</span>
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GREAT web-based PLM system!

What do you like best?

The Autodesk Fusion Lifecycle PLM system has been a welcomed addition to our process. The hosted software requires no hardware or software installs and is a breeze to get up and running with. The service seems to be rock solid (based on AWS) and we've had no trouble with downtime or lagging. The suite of tools for mobile devices coupled with the web interface means we always have access to our data, regardless of where we go and what we do.

What do you dislike?

The building of all of the rules is a serious trip. It will take you quite some time to get them built correctly and many of the various menus are not co-located within the same area of the admin tools. While every PLM software takes time to get the roles/responsibilities and rules sorted, it was painful to have to navigate between menus buried several screens apart to verify functions, check spelling, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since Fusion Lifecycle lives in the cloud, embrace those tools early and make them part of your process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fusion Lifecycle has enabled us to keep our engineering process streamlined and connected. With the email and mobile based tools we are able to keep up with design change tasks and reviews across our organization, regardless of who might be out of the loop at the time. We have saved months of development time by automating design checkoffs with our customers and strategic partners. We're also able to track equipment maintenance and process failures for analysis of our entire manufacturing chain from design through customer returns.

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a real time planner

What do you like best?

i like the whole concept of fusion lifecycle and fusion 360

user friendly

simple

a great deal of variants that cover all the aspect i require

the cloud connection that i can accsess all of my data and designs and where its really really effective

the mobile app is amazing and really helpfull

the CRM moudule

What do you dislike?

i think the biggest problem i have faced is that its a new software and still needs a bit more development as it crashes a lot which forces me to redo my design sometimes

it got me a while to get the hang of it bit it is not that hard

improve the simulation addins

there should be a library for the software which might make my life a lot easier

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

as we are already using Inventor and we are familiar with Autodesk software we have decided to go for fusion and as it is a full solution the provides all what we need it was an easy decision.

we had a real problem in managing our projects as we have a great deal of details and task it really helped us to assign task with deadlines for each project and the result was more efficient and higher quality product

Autodesk PLM review by <span>Kevin M.</span>
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Great customizable Workflow

What do you like best?

The ability to customize the software to our workflow that we need to fit our company path. The fact that we can create a similar look for completely different workflows is a blessing as well for smother transition from task to task.

What do you dislike?

If we do not tweak the layout often, sometimes it takes a bit of working with it to get the groove back. Like riding a bike, but a little longer re-learning curve.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Any process that you need to track within your organization that needs to be tracked and used by one or multiple users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it for Internal process tracking, things like software updating, miles traveled reporting and other Internal tracking needs, expanding uses to include as many workflows as we can.

Autodesk PLM review by <span>Sara M.</span>
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Flexible and Powerful Cloud-Based PLM Tool

What do you like best?

I like best that Autodesk PLM 360 is an easy-to-use and easy-to-administer PLM solution that is yet powerful and has all the benefits of the Cloud and the backing of a respected software company, Autodesk. The user interface is intuitive and consistent across a company's implementation. Administrators can self-study from the extensive online help guide and the many YouTube videos available, or can confidently maintain their system after a three-day training class. Autodesk PLM 360 has deep and broad capabilities for bills of materials, change management, and quality management; including BOM compare, configurable change order process with automated notifications, and linked non-conformance reports, corrective action / preventative action and change requests. Autodesk PLM 360 can be tailored to a business' needs and can additionally be integrated with other systems (ERP, CRM, PDM). This is all provided on a cloud platform, so no hardware, installation, or manual upgrades are required! Autodesk is quite responsive to their customers and engage with them via not only customer support but also general discussion forums, new idea forum, and user conferences and events.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that updates made in a development environment cannot be automatically ported to a production environment. There are alternate ways to do this, so for customers I have worked with it is not a huge issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend others to take advantage of the 30-day free trial of Autodesk PLM 360 to get a good feel for it. Also to keep in mind that most companies find anywhere from a small to large amount of JavaScript to be helpful to their implementations (w3schools.com/jsref/). Finally, to be thinking of where an integration with Autodesk PLM 360 could really benefit one's business--this is usually done with PLM Connect, Powered by Jitterbit (jitterbit.com/solutions/autodesk-integration/).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have seen Autodesk PLM 360 solve problems from an uncontrolled BOM on a spreadsheet, to manual revisions for parts in an ancient ERP system, to lack of a consistent product lifecycle process. The benefits that are realized include: a single source of truth for the BOM, accessible by users from any device; properly controlled part revisions and therefore accurate data for manufacturing and suppliers; and a repeatable, documented, and approved process for product production and delivery. These benefits are attainable with a straightforward, pay-as-you-go subscription model.

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