Global manufacturing companies with complex products develop their offerings based on many years of experience.
At the heart of the business is the knowledge of the rules that govern the variants of the products.
These rules are key business assets that must be carefully maintained and carried forward for a company to stay efficient and competitive.
Rule maintenance is a joint effort typically spanning several people and teams.
While a number of basic rules can stay stable over years, many other rules need to change as products and demands develop.
Other sources of changes also challenge rule maintenance, such as:
- Changes in team members, with a potential loss of rule knowledge as a consequence
- Changes in the organization as a consequence of mergers or changed responsibilities
- Changes in business requirements of what features to use in marketing of products, or changes in manufacturing processes
- Increased complexity and addition of staff for maintaining the rules
It is important to keep knowledge both secure and easy to access over time by people who are not necessarily the original authors of the rules. This should be maintained efficiently, requiring the least amount of manual detective work.
With this new enterprise feature in Configit Ace®, we have created a more efficient way for customers and partners to manage rule history in the easiest and most cost-efficient way. Configit Ace® provides teams of product modelers with the tools required to efficiently create and maintain rules for configurable products.
Configit Ace® records each change made to the models for full auditability. This information is at the product modelers’ fingertips as they model, so they can access critical information about who changed what and when, for rules and feature families.