Common Questions: BOMs

BOMs can be created automatically as part of your organizational content strategy

This week’s topic: BOMs

As organizations start to see returns from XML implementations in technical publications, training, and support, they start to see how it can benefit even more departments across the organizations. One of the places that organizations look at first is to BOMs. BOM documents are highly structured. They’re the definition of reused content: Their contents come from other places, other systems, other documents. Two classic signs for content that can benefit from XML creation and publishing systems.

Last week, we got a peek at the new Service Information System (SIS) that PTC is working on. SIS is a complete system for creating, maintaining and delivering service information throughout a product’s lifecycle. That’s a big topic, and that’s why SIS was the subject of a webinar.

Today, we’re scaling back and looking only at BOMs. As always, if you have a question that we haven’t answered or if you want more details, remember to send us your questions or add them to the comments!

Question: Creating BOMs Automatically

Can you create a bill of materials (BOM) definition of the configuration of a document that identifies the components to be included and their versions such that the document can be produced as required and could be reassembled from its component parts at any time in the future?

Answer:

Yes, you can create BOMs and DITA maps directly in ACM.

Question: Versioning BOMs

Do you support versioning of BOMs to track how document configurations have changed over time?

Answer:

Yes

Question: Versioning BOM metadata

Does ACM support versioning of metadata that is attached to a component or a BOMs to identify when metadata has changed even if the metadata change can change the meaning of a component or a document?

Answer:

Yes

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Author: Liz Fraley

Liz Fraley has founded two companies, sits on the boards of three non-profits, and is constantly coming up with new ways to share knowledge in the technical communications and content industries. https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethfraley/