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"Excellent for managing files and keeping track of file history"

What do you like best?

Easy to use and keep track of files. I can see what team members are working on and have checked out so we aren't altering files at the same time. You can see the history of a file, a part or a drawing and go back to a previous version as well as make a copy of a design. Works well with Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Mechanical.

What do you dislike?

It crashes fairly often but also sometime files do not check out properly or cannot check in properly. Sometimes when trying to get or check out a file it will tell me the software is busy. I'm not sure if these are problems within the software of our particular installation with our server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you aren't using Vault with Autodesk Inventor or Autodesk Mechnical to keep track of your files you should. You have the whole history of the file available to you to go back to if you need to and you have control to check a file our to keep from changes being made until you check the file back in. The ability to copy assemblies is extrememly helpful.

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

It helps us manage our huge database of parts. We have over 30,000 parts in our database we are able to keep organized and Vault allows us to have version control of the file and its history. Being able to copy assemblies is one of the best features as you can copy and rename the parent and child files, subassemblies and drawings all within one window.

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Vault review by Administrator
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"a must have"

What do you like best?

it really does fulfill the name for any design company the most important data we have is our design and how and who can access the designs and vault will definitely do that for you

very user-friendly

the add-ins in other software like word or excel which makes this product for everything u want to save on your computer, not just designs and technical drawings

What do you dislike?

to be honest, I don't think there are any major problems with this Vault as it delivers all the thing and expectation I would expect from it but if I would improve something I would improve the search feature as there can be an advanced search so I can add the author or the date and so on

I would improve the access, for example, the should be different levels and so nit everyone can access everything

what would be really nice if there was a cloud that we can save the data in it and we can access it from every were

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

as i have mentioned before we needed something or a software that we can store all of our designs and documents and Vault have helped us in doing this as made it really simple and easy

What PLM solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Vault review by Chris R.
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"Autodesk Vault Pro 2015"

What do you like best?

Autodesk Vault provides us with a great level of document, drawing and part/assembly control. It's easy interface makes navigation and conducting tasks seamless. ECO control was a great addition to us and helps ensure the traceability of parts and assemblies. The subscription package ensures we always have the most up to date software and of course the level of help and support has been excellent from our software vendor and through Autodesk help centre.

What do you dislike?

If I had to suggest an improvement on anything it would be Autodesk Vault web viewer, many of my colleagues use this in various departments, quality, goods inwards, inspection etc. The issue we have is that it's a bit tedious navigating around and locating exactly what you require.

I feel a lite version of the actual software would be much more beneficial to us, because the overall idea works so well it's imperative that multiple sectors within the business have access to the Vault purely for viewing information.

We have multiple vaults across our global sites, the connection of these doesn't seem possible which is something that would be beneficial to us.

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

We are solving the possibility of drawing change, part deletion, and incorrect revisions of parts / assemblies being manufactured. This has helped us going forward with ECO control, ensuing that products are manufactured correctly first time around to the correct revision that a customer requires.

In terms of quality audits, Autodesk Vault has been a godsend, easily helping us to satisfy any audit requirements from ISO or supplier audits.

It has also helped us to collaborate a central location for our project files, previously documents and items were scattered in multiple locations, bringing that together certainly saves time and thus increases productivity.

Vault review by Kenny C.
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"Fantastic CAD data management"

What do you like best?

Vault provides a one-stop solution for CAD data management that operates on standard Microsoft server software/hardware. The Vault solutions provide integration into a number of external packages and an API exists for hardcore developers to bring in new ties. Within the Autodesk software environments that we typically use, Vault has provided us with seamless data retention, security, and version control simultaneously.

What do you dislike?

The implementation and initial setup can be daunting. Your internal IT staff will likely be able to handle it if they are well rounded, but inexperienced admins and small departments may need to seek the support of their reseller or Autodesk directly for advanced implementation assistance. Personally, I am also not a huge fan of the fact that the software creates local copies of the data for your consumption; however, it does track the data against the database which alerts you if your local copy is out of date. I also don't care for the extra add-on costs for access to non-CAD employees.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need CAD data management - this is the absolute best way to do it.

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

Vault has been able to provide us with a wonderful version tracking system that alerts us about the status of design data. We are able to identify the single source of truth in the system and easily propagate that information downstream. Our firm has increased our design speed and productivity by utilizing Vault and not spending time chasing versions or wondering who has the file checked out.

Vault review by Russell F.
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"Tube Bending Bussiness"

What do you like best?

The customization of the product. Very powerful and helps our business stay organized. It have made us more efficient as a company.

What do you dislike?

The product is only as good as the administrator who sets it up. If your administrator is not literate in Vault then you will not have a good experience with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have an expert give tutorials and customer support.

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

Efficiency, organization, and visibility of who has what.

Vault review by Florim K.
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"Love how it connects different offices"

What do you like best?

I appreciate the fact that Autodesk actually thought of a way of connecting their customers and help project get out the door faster. Its a very useful took to share information and data, including drawings and attachements through a very secure network which is something I do not need to worry about.

What do you dislike?

I am not sure on how this program is marketed, but a lot of companies nowadays need something like the Vault. A lot of engineers, developers, contractors and architects are not aware of the existence of a program like this, I wish they would market this a lot more so I offices that have it do not have to do the marketing for a program we already use and love to convince our partners to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend everyone to do their research and see if this the right program for their office. I would also suggest to watch a few tutorial videos as it will help with the speed of using the program.

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

It has connected the famous 3. The architects, the engineers and contractors. Now there is a way to share all of our updates on any project and work together without having to schedule daily meetings. It has helped me get projects done on time and meet client deadlines,

Vault review by Administrator in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Extremely useful and painful at the same time."

What do you like best?

Makes it easier to work on large assemblies, keeping the advantages of working on a local machine, while storing it on a server.

What do you dislike?

How easy it is to get something out of order, when multiple users are working on the same thing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You have to set rules in place before installing this. Have a point person to act as an internal consultant. Order of checking in and out are important!

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

Creating large layout designs without having to deal with network lag.

Vault review by Marius H.
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"Vault Administrator"

What do you like best?

For Inventor users this is the best option for managing data, I would even use Vault If was just me working by myself without any collaboration. Best way to manage files for inventor. Copy Design is great tool to save time to make any changes.

What do you dislike?

As a Tool to be used across the company with users that are not using any CAD software this is sometimes a hard sell. Managing other files can be a bit tricky and needs extra training.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As a Design team using 90%+ time on Inventor this is the best product purely form a time saving and security point of view

As a Data Managing product across a whole company, using multiple different software, extra research must be done, but Vault should be something to consider.

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

Using Vault speeds up using inventor and cuts down on Design time of a whole team.

Security of Inventor files are assured due to SQL database.

Keeping track of files and users are easy.

Viewing and Markup of files are quick and easy without even using 3rd part software

Vault review by Administrator in Oil & Energy
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"Review of Autodesk Vault Data Storage and Management Utility"

What do you like best?

Vault as a file storage system is excellent with lifecycle and revision control, you know your files are secure, checked and released at the correct time. My employer also uses ITEM lifecycle control to control both CAD and Non-CAD data. This replaced a previous access database that contained over 170,000 part records. Now all files and part records are stored in one place.

What do you dislike?

The ECO system and the Thin Client service are both quite poor. We had to pay Autodesk Consulting to code something specifically for us to allow us to use the ECO system and the Thin Client doesn't even show the ECO function within it, this is an important function for other areas of the business to see and they shouldn't require a full Vault to do so.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend to others that they use Vault as their base of storage but consider the package as a starting point to be enhanced upon. This isn't an all-singing all dancing PLM without a bit of customization. However the functions that can be added are very impressive and the growth of add-ins being added all the time reflects this.

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

Optimum storage and file control. All engineering data is housed in one location. We have enhance the Vault using a few bespoke utilities so that we also have enhanced ECO functionality, automated PDF-ing and data exporting to our ERP system. All jobs that were manually completed and in different areas of the system. The use of windows authentication also helps limit the number of passwords and user accounts staff require.

Vault review by Internal Consultant in Mining & Metals
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"Autodesk Vault"

What do you like best?

Acts like a bridge in keeping our technical information visible, company wide. I particularly love how easy it is to share files to key members in my organization. Search engine is excellent in turning up results very quickly and accurately. Unlimited amount of configuration options in deciding what information I want to display/filter. Also, as an added bonus, I can export database information to external spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel quite easily for generating reports and analysis.

What do you dislike?

My biggest complaint, along with my co-workers, would be performance issues. When loading complex models or very large files, crashes do tend to happen. This can be annoying at times when working under a tight deadline. Also, a fast and reliable network connection is definitely recommended.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to be able to share technical files consistently plant-wide and globally, Vault should be considered your top contender. The ease of use and the organization that it allows us to establish has been a major benefit to our organization.

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

We have 3D modelers within our organization who are based out in India. Establishing a means of receiving models and sharing key technical information between our groups is essential. Also, we regularly communicate with supply chain, who use Vault as a tool in ordering parts. As a foundry, we send the 3D model of a particular part to our contracted 3D printing company (who produce sand printed moulds for us), and we are then able to manufacture a sound casting with an incredibly high degree of dimensional accuracy. Vault plays an integral part to our casting process.

Vault review by Nathanial H.
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"Great way to keep files and projects organized"

What do you like best?

Its a great way for everyone in our company to keep projects we are working on organized. It also gives us a safe place to store important working files (with cloud service.)

What do you dislike?

I think the UI would be a little more user friendly. It kind of reminds you of just using a basic file explorer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

great asset for keeping working files organized, invaluable when a team is working on the same project and multiple people are accessing the same files.

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

It is making file organization easier and, cutting down production time. We don't don't have to waste time searching through multiple servers looking for files we need, and everyone can have the same access, so we all stay on the same page.

Vault review by Paul H.
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"Vault Pro Multisite"

What do you like best?

The Vault is a great tool for any company using Autodesk Inventor, after using the Vault for a couple of years it has become indispensable. The simple client interface combined the the add-in ribbons for Autodesk & MS office, make the use of a file management system easy and streamlined. The ability to check-in non CAD supporting documents and link them to our designs has become an essential part of our product definition. We now have multiple non-CAD users contributing to our database. We make frequent use of the copy design functionality to duplicate these product definitions, saving hundreds of hours when creating similar designs. Use of local AVFS file servers has eliminated connection speed issues from our multiple sites. Web access to you Vault when traveling offsite is a valuable feature for anyone that travels.

What do you dislike?

Recent releases of the Web client have improved accessibility, but the interface could still use some work or a proper mobile app/client needs to be created. Check in/check out functions sensitive to database connection issues, even small network blips can seem to derail the process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Contract an experienced re-seller to create a implementation plan and perform the install. Starting off with an incorrect installation or structure could cause headaches in the future.

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

Management of multiple users across multiple sites has become much simpler. Accidental duplication or over-righting of work from other sites has been eliminated. We have seen substantial productivity increases from our CAD users.

Vault review by Charles M.
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"Autodesk Vault"

What do you like best?

Provides company wide visibility of technical information. Files are easily shareable. Current status is clear. Key word / file property search engine is fast and accurate. Database size is quite manageable. Product lifecycle workflow is configurable. Lots of options to configure how record information is displayed and filtered. Stable in a global user environment. It's possible to export information about files, items, or change orders to external spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel quite easily for generating reports and analysis.

What do you dislike?

I have experienced some performance issues. Crashes occasionally while working with complex models / large file sizes. Difficult to use on slow network connections. Automatic email notifications for workflow events / milestones are fairly crude and can be difficult to understand. We have had some challenges integrating shared content from some Autodesk programs (Inventor Content Center, AutoCAD Electrical) into Vault.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When implementing Autodesk Vault work closely with all aspects of your business to be sure you are taking full advantage of all the features it has to offer. File management is just the start. Plan to use the Item Master database and Change Order Workflow to automate many aspects of product lifecycle management. Get users involved in the workflows instead of relying on a central administrator.

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

Sharing technical information consistently plant wide and globally. Product lifecycle management. Engineering change order management. Meeting ISO 9001 quality system requirements. Storage of historical engineering records. Communication between engineering and supply chain.

Vault review by Dustin F.
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"Vault has aided our design team in becoming more efficent and effective."

What do you like best?

The ability to collaborate with colleagues on a project. The ability to quickly find and reuse project information or parts. The ability to find old projects quickly with limited information. Being able to clean up projects and not worry about the consequences of renaming or moving a file. I like some of the tracking ability to see what parts are used where and what the history is of the parts.

What do you dislike?

We have had issues while using Inventor's Tube and Pipe and getting things to easily check in. I don't like the smoothness of the ability to sync the latest designs with what is in the vault.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't worry to much about the organization in vault things can be moved and renamed easily. It will save you a lot of time you don't realize you are spending looking for the designs you use day to day.

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

Reducing cost of repeat projects. Reducing turn around time of projects by allowing searching and collaboration of team members. We are able to reduce printing and costly markups by using the viewer with vault.

Vault review by Chris D.
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"Design File Management and Check In/Check Out Control was made so much easier with Autodesk Vault."

What do you like best?

The ability to easily manage lots of design files among multiple designers at the same time on the same project has greatly increased my company's efficiency and productivity. The built-In workflows that allow managers and tiers of designers to follow the correct flow path of drawing/model creation help minimize mistakes and keep unapproved changes from occurring with our projects.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes performance can vary depending on your server hardware and internal network configuration but Autodesk Resellers have been helpful in correcting some of those issues. Autodesk has also been helpful with creating service packs and hotfixes to improve or fix performance issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Autodesk Vault is a great tool for improving File Management, Collaboration, Quality Control and Engineering processes. It's honestly not hard to use once implemented but I feel that it does take a lot of playing around with it to understand how it works and how it can help you with your needs. Once you get past that first learning curve and learn how vault thinks and the relationships between the linked files within, you will have no problem administering this software. In my opinion, it's impossible to use Autodesk Design Software without Autodesk Vault without having major design, collaboration and quality issues. You won't regret giving Autodesk Vault a try. Once installed, it can be used within hours after it is up and running. However, keep in mind that you may want to solicit some help from your reseller on setting up a Project File for Autodesk Inventor and your other Autodesk Products to use which determines the Vault folder structure locations and templates of files to use for your design.

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

When I took over the IT management at my small engineering company, we were just entering the 3D design world and did not have a central file management system. This created terrible design practices and made collaboration using the same design files almost impossible. With Autodesk Vault, we have solved many design practice issues, quality issues on both engineering and production sides of the company and improved our design control of drawings significantly.

Vault review by Aamir K.
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"Useful to share data and information"

What do you like best?

You can share your data, files, drawings, information without worrying about the privacy of them (with cloud serice).

What do you dislike?

I have not disliked anything much but if to be precise I would love to see the navigation, UI reworked.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Extra research must be done but vault is something to seriously consider.

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

Monitoring records and clients are simple at this point.

Review and Marking-up of documents are simple, snappy and without utilizing and other outsider programming.

Vault review by Ryan S.
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"User to Self-Taught Administrator: Basic version might be enough for your group"

What do you like best?

Vault is very easy to use. After reading a few install documents I was able to set up Vault on a local server and train my colleagues on it's use. It greatly helped in coordinating our engineering functions on several projects and kept pesky file management conflicts to a minimum. My favorite feature is that Vault allows you to work off your local machine instead of the network via your own personal "Workspace". Once files are checked out to you, they are saved to your local machine and you are free to work on them until you check them back in to the network server. This will greatly speed up your workflow.

What do you dislike?

The Basic version is very limited in it's capabilities: no revision control, customization, etc. but is still quite capable of controlling your engineering data. You'll have to upgrade (re: more $$) to get those higher-level functions. I haven't used the higher level versions of Vault so I can't speak for how they compare with other top-of-the-line PLM software packages.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a good entry-level PLM software package that is easy to use and also very easy to implement compared to it's competitors, I would give Vault a serious look. The Basic version doesn't have all the bells & whistles that the high-level versions do but it will give you enough to get started with the basic tenants of document management. And that's certainly better than none at all!

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

Vault allowed our business to get all our engineering data in one place and have it controlled via it's check-in/check-out process. This allowed for iterative version control, file-conflict avoidance and increased productivity on many simultaneous projects.

Vault review by Mike T.
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"Great product.... once configured"

What do you like best?

Vault requires very little administration once it is setup and configured.... set it and forget it! The initial installation and configuration is very straight forward and Autodesk provides many great documents to get you up and started quickly. The client side UI is also very MS Outllookish meaning people take to it quickly.

What do you dislike?

There are areas of the configuration limited. For example email notifications cannot be configured, meaning you are stuck with the canned out-of-the-box template which is very poor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before using insure to do proper configuration and testing, as you should with all PDM software

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

Data was scattered, disorganized, and we were in a last-save-wins situation. Vault has brought all our engineering data under one umbrella in a controlled environment. It is easier to find documents and files now, we don't lose files, and if a file gets updated incorrectly we can fall back on a previous version.

As we are using Vault Professional we can quickly convert the CAD drawings with Bill of Materials into items in the item master. We manage lifecycles on the items (i.e. In Review, Released, Work in Progress, etc) meaning downstream users only see the data when engineering approves it. This has lead to less mistakes as the shop floor is using the correct version / revision of the prints. We have also connected Vault to our ERP, "pushing" the item data into the ERP for planning and manufacturing.

Vault review by Administrator in Building Materials
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"Alternative Storage for Design Files"

What do you like best?

Version control and other SharePoint-like file management functionality for design files is my favorite feature.

What do you dislike?

The setup and configuration is difficult, but worse is the process of updating. Keeping all of the desktop clients, the servers, and the connected systems all working together is the hardest part. Plan to staff a person to manage the overall system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great tool, and huge potential advantages to "The Old Way" of managing design files but brings with it a unique set of frustrations.

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

Preventing our employees from storing files locally, and to eliminate the duplicates and versions of files stored within a network file share.

Vault review by User in Security and Investigations
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"Easy to use, Fantastic user interface"

What do you like best?

The user interface for this software is very easy to use. File allocation and folder structure is very easy to set up and maintain. You can also set different category attributes to the individual folders and files to allow for different useage

What do you dislike?

Some minor errors in the software on the reporting side. Other than that the interface and software run fine. I do find from time to time that the smaller review pane could be made larger and the view does not always update but these are very minor issues

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend using Vault purely due tot he ease of use

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

The benefits using this software range from small issues such as document revision control to large such as document design control

Vault review by User in Civil Engineering
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"Autodesk Vault Review"

What do you like best?

Others are unable to access a file while another is working on it to prevent saving over files.

What do you dislike?

The vault often crashes and causes AutoCAD to run slower than without.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Never have more than 3 projects in the project tree at one time or the Vault will run slower than with less. The fewer projects you have in your tree the better the Vault will run.

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

With so many people in the company, using the Vault helps to prevent others from saving over others work unintentionally and to keep projects organized in one location.

Vault review by Roy N.
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"Autodesk Vault for Revit"

What do you like best?

The ease of adding Revit content, managing, distributing and visualising of the project generated content to multiple locations. The number of data formats supported, this format support feature is quite dependant upon using the Pro version, we are using the basic version on some modelling projects but for the most part the Pro version is our preference going forwards.

What do you dislike?

The version dependency. I'd like to see a consistent main ADMS package but with different plugins for the design applications. I have multiple servers and hundreds of seats of design software to manage, the version dependence makes upgrading to new versions logistically difficult and time consuming. I use Revit Server to manage and distribute Revit collaborative models, I'd love to see this feature added to Vault to make a very, very useful Project EDM package.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Speak with someone who has experience in implementing Vault, especially Autodesk or a reputable reseller.This is valuable pre installation information will help to ensure common start-up problems are averted when planning and executing the implementation of vault.

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

We had a major challenge collating Revit content generated on dozens of BIM projects. We had no way of controlling or capturing this important design data and so looked to the market to see what was available. We tested an number of applications but decided on Vault due to its wide compatibility with modelling and design packages. A major issue was the lack of control over the quality of project content, before Vault we relied upon emailing and general distribution via server based folder structure for projects. With Vault we control, capture and distribute project critical content adding in application loading capability directly into Revit. The ability to search, visualise and choose the correct content directly from this fully managed resource is invaluable.

Vault review by Greg P.
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"Former CAD Manager Supporting multiple locations"

What do you like best?

This tool helped us manage our cad files which prior to that vault was a dangerous area. Prior to using the vault we had a new user copy an assembly and modify all the parts not realizing they we modifying their co-workers assembly that had been released to manufacturing the next day. Needless to say Vault solves this and similar problems by cleanly allowing design copies and ensuring all related parts are also copied if needed. Even if a user makes a mistake and still changes others parts this can be undone.

What do you dislike?

With any tool that allows a lot of workflow possibilities it is important to really get a consistent approach to how you manage the tool and make sure all users have the proper training. Otherwise they can create some problems for you.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Research the product offerings. The basic tool provides a lot of good starting point functionality, but depending on your complexity it can be worth the money to look at higher levels. We stayed with Autodesk products to keep things simple and generally had really good results, but we also built a good relationship with out reseller for big roll-out projects. That coupled with my decade of experience with Autodesk Inventor helped keep things going smoothly.

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

As noted above this tool helped us with basic file management. We ultimately invested in the higher level products to support multiple locations. Very cool tools that allow collaboration from anywhere.

Vault review by Mark S.
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"Not the Easiest End User Experience, but Effective"

What do you like best?

It is a clean interface to index drawings. I have worked in environments where drawings are just stored on a network drive, in a folder, etc. Revisions are always a problems. Someone usually sneaks in and makes changes even though they are not on the design team. The list of problems goes on. Vault gives you the control to index what is done, by whom, and also the ability to control those things. It is very handy.

What do you dislike?

The in-software (Inventor/AutoCAD) access was not great. When problems occurred, there was little fixing them myself. I almost always had to have someone with higher privileges address them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is best to have an in house expert/admin who knows the software well. That person should, if possible, be an end user as well, ie an engineer not an IT person.

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

Vault (esp Pro) guaranteed accurate documentation and provided a detailed history.

Vault review by Jonathan K.
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"Autodesk Vault Review"

What do you like best?

Great data management tool if AutoCAD and Inventor are the only programs that you currently use for Design. The seamless transition between the programs and the vault are perfect and reduced the need for larger more robust data management programs.

What do you dislike?

There is not a lot of ease of use with outside programs, Solidworks, Pro-E, Catia, etc. If the design teams in different locations use different programs, the vault really cannot handle the outside files very well, in more of a capacity than just storage. Previews and use on the vault are almost unachievable. The better option would be to go with a more robust software if multiple programs are used for design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not for use with outside Autodesk programs

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

Data management and collection of currently designed products.

Vault review by Gary B.
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"Autodesk Vault"

What do you like best?

Vault is best suited for managing Autodesk CAD data products such as Inventor or AutoCAD. The revision control and check-in/check-out features are key to managing drawings.

What do you dislike?

The Change Order process inside Vault Pro could be more flexible as far as setting up the various Change Order states. Currently you are stuck with what Autodesk has configured out of the box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are leaning more towards PLM vs PDM keep in mind that Vault is more suited to managing CAD data vs a full blown PLM solution.

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

We are heading towards Vault being the single source for drawings. This ensures that the latest drawing is available for viewing.

Vault review by Administrator in Supermarkets
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"Autodesk Vault"

What do you like best?

I like the security it gives with crucial documents and the ability to manage revisions

What do you dislike?

I wish it was more customizable. I would like to be able to adjust the workflow in the Engineering Change Orders

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

We manage our Cad Drawings, Change Orders, and Revision control

Vault review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Autodesk Vault: A better PDM"

What do you like best?

There are many PDM tools on the market with many different features and capabilities. I have had a lot of experience with many of these different tools. Autodesk Vault hands down has the friendliest UI experience for the end-user, allowing them to easily manage data across multiple users (Check In & Check Out), while also displaying meaningful meta data, and lifecyle information in a way that is understandable even by the novice user. There are also many value add tools for administrators that are not included in other packages. Things that include but are not limited to: Filestore and Database replication for Multi-Site support, built in Backup and restore capabilities, Easy to understand Management Console with Logs and important system information. Autodesk does a fantastic job of providing products that are quick to implement and provide companies with outstanding ROI and Vault is no exception.

What do you dislike?

The only dislike that I can mention about Autodesk Vault would be its limited workflow capability. This is a somewhat obsolete argument or requirement of the product however. The results customers are often times looking for with this extended workflow capability are surpassed with an integration to Autodesk PLM 360 which handles Business Process (PLM) far better than your typical PDM tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your homework when looking for a PDM tool. Do not just use what is suggested to you by your CAD VAR. Many PDM tools try to do too much and have become over complex trying to stretch themselves into PLM tools that the whole company can use. PDM is not PLM. Get the tool that is the right fit and evaluate at least a handful of options before making a decision.

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

I am a Business Process Consultant and meet customers with different needs and problems to be solved everyday. When it comes to Vault we often solve the issues engineering departments have with data being everywhere; desktops, network drives, spread across different networks inside the organization. Vault allows us to get the data into a single repository where everyone know where and how to access important engineering information.

Vault review by Jeff H.
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"Autodesk Vault is valuable tool in data management"

What do you like best?

The search-ability of the database gives users a much more efficient way to find documents. The copy design tool has saved countless design hours.

What do you dislike?

Vault has very limited support for iparts and iassemblies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Autodesk Vault is definitely worth reviewing for your application.

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

The administrative control that Autodesk Vault allows visibility of all content from users. Vault has allowed the users from my company to design much faster and smarter.

Vault review by Dave L.
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"This is a very good product but could be further improved"

What do you like best?

ITEM MASTER

CHANGE ORDER

CREATING ITEMS FROM 3D MODELS

What do you dislike?

THERE IS NO EMAIL NOTIFICATION AND NO PDF CREATER WHICH IS A MUST.

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

CONTROL OF DOCUMENTS

CONTROL OF DRAWINGS

Vault review by User
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"Vault Appraisal"

What do you like best?

The product appears to be Competitively priced compared with products such as Oracle's Agile.

There are some nice features which enhance document control. For example making only released documents visible to some users.

What do you dislike?

The Webclient could be better. It does not have as much functionality as the desktop client

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bridges between Vault and other Enterprise software. No. of client licences required

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

Configuration management

Vault review by Charles K.
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"Great software to control your files and parts"

What do you like best?

This software is what we needed to ensure files and tracking of revisions and a single source location for all pieces and parts for our manufacturing process are kept in one place.

What do you dislike?

it takes good knowledge of computers and your servers to get properly set up. If you are unsure on your abilities it would be best to hire a third party to assist in the setting up of this product.

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

tracking releases of manufactured products as well as all of the components we utilizes to design and build our custom air handlers.

Vault review by Barry S.
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"Our experience with Autodesk Vault and ProEngineer"

What do you like best?

It provides reliable data management services for ProEngineer with reasonable efficiency, without the weird architecture issues of alternatives like Windchill.

What do you dislike?

The product would be easier to use if Workspace mode of the Browser was integrated into the Vault Explorer, instead of running exclusively inside of ProE.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make plans to migrate the latest version of each object from your old system into Vault in a single migration.

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

Global change management of complex ProE 3D solid model design data.

Vault review by Administrator in Oil & Energy
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"Great Data Organizer "

What do you like best?

Easy to access controlled data with ability to revert to previous versions in a click . Good design tracking capabilities for a startup application.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes crashes without warning and save issues

Recommendations to others considering the product

Good startup Application especially if you are using autodesk products.Still can be used for Non - CAD files.

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

Organizing the data on a centralized location and easy backup. Version control and multi user environment on a single project.

Vault review by Administrator in Automotive
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"Great product for keeping track of design documents"

What do you like best?

If you work as part of a team on shared design files, I can't imagine using anything but Vault. It's required software.

What do you dislike?

The interface is a little outdated. Would be good if a cloud based option was available.

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

Engineering design data is better organized. We can have a team of people access common design files without fear of overwriting other work or causing broken references.

Vault review by Jarrett (Jay) A.
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"Good PDM"

What do you like best?

Included in base package of Inventor. Link to content center components.

What do you dislike?

It is a little cumbersome for beginners.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider pro version

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

Streamlined reuse of data.

Vault review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Elec Design Engineers Review of Vault"

What do you like best?

It's reliability and is easy to use. It keeps improving and adding new features

What do you dislike?

when using item masters you now have to open before you can edit them.

On/Off BOM rows - I don't see the point of then would provide more problems than it solves.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it as much as possible as there's a lot of features

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

Vault stores all my files and BOMs correctly without corruption

Vault review by Internal Consultant in Construction
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"Autodesk Vault Pro 2015"

What do you like best?

Its a great way for everyone in our company to keep projects we are working on organized.

What do you dislike?

Managing other files can be a bit tricky and needs extra training

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

Plan to use the Item Master database and Change Order Workflow to automate many aspects of product lifecycle management.

Vault review by Administrator in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Autodesk Vault"

What do you like best?

Best to use only if multiple people are working with the same files.

What do you dislike?

Setup if you don't have a clue what to do.

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

Easy to work on large projects with your team.

Vault review by User in Computer Software
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"Autodesk Vault"

What do you like best?

Project sync enhancement, design interface, and ADMS Console Enhancements.

What do you dislike?

May be hard for those with limited programming and development experience to get used to customization options.

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

Tool for managing data integrated with Autodesk products.

It helps teams to keep track of work in progress and maintain version control in multi-user environments

Vault review by User in Machinery
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"Manage files easily "

What do you like best?

Easy to manage files, move and copy designs.

What do you dislike?

Administration is difficult on it, not easy to customize

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

You it to manage files

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