Common Questions: SCM

SCM support in Arbortext Content Manager (Windchill)

This week’s topic: Source Control Managment

SCM, Source Control Management, is a big topic. To date, the best article I’ve ever read on branching strategy is an article by Perforce. Today, we’re not talking about that, we’re talking about all the features SCM supported in Arbortext Content Manager (ACM) (aka Windchill).

PTC uses Windchill internally for software configuration management for all software and documentation. Multiple versions exist simultaneously (5.4 is under active development at the same time 5.3 is). Documentation is associated with the software build so that it can automatically be built dynamically.

Today, we’re answering some of the more common and general questions about SCM in Arbortext Content Manager (ACM). 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: Modification model

Can multiple writers edit the same XML file (topic) at a time?


Only one user can check out the content for editing. Other users can see the content but ACM  eliminates the problems caused when multiple users overwrite each others work.

Question: Branching and version management

Does ACM support branching in version management?



Question: Simultaneous branching

Can ACM support multiple concurrent versions of the same component that must exist simultaneously (branching)?



Question: Complex Versioning

Can ACM support complex versioning without automatically switching from version 1 to version 2 whenever you check a topic in?



Question: Versioning Components

Can you version a commented document or component?



Question: Configurations, Baselines

Can you label all content that has been included in a released publication? In other words, can you publish the same configuration of the publication as necessary and also provide an audit trail making it easy to determine the configuration of a particular publication (traceability)?



If you’re interested in traceability, you’ll want to stay tuned for our discussion on Auditing in Arbortext Content Manager coming soon.

Arbortext Content Manager Web Parts for Sharepoint

Arbortext Content Manager Web Parts for SharePoint seamlessly integrates Arbortext Content Manager (aka Windchill) with Sharepoint.

Arbortext Content Manager Web Parts for SharePoint seamlessly integrates Arbortext Content Manager (aka Windchill) with Sharepoint. The integration allows you to deliver content that exists inside ACM to the rest of the enterprise.

ACM Web Parts for SharePoint gives you the power of a “single source of truth”, a master data management system with the ease-of-use and familiar Microsoft environment that SharePoint provides. Your staff is more productive because they can find the right content, at the right time, when they need it, the way they need it.

ACM Web Parts for SharePoint has several key features:

  • It provides views and access to the information contained within the master data management repository, including business reports and metrics, 3D reports on assembly and products status, document libraries, images, task lists, etc.
  • It gives you access to perform ad-hoc searches to quickly find or access essential content that lives in Windchill or SharePoint
  • It gives you access to SharePoint’s native calendars, wikis, and discussion forums that enable collaboration among users and associates that content back to the related content inside ACM.
  • It can be combined with other web parts to capture data from additional enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), or manufacturing execution systems (MES). As with other web parts, you can include ACM information into your comprehensive dashboard view of the business.

ACM Web Parts for SharePoint 2.0 is supported by Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and takes advantage of the most advanced capabilities of SharePoint to improve the user experience.

  • Search results aggregate all known ACM and SharePoint content
  • Search results include visualization-rich results, such as icons, images, and fly-out detail panels
  • Search results include SharePoint metadata such as tagging and rating of product content from key contributors.

Note: For traditional engineering groups who use the other PTC products, ACM-specific web parts include a 3D Creo Elements/View image viewer, a 3D Creo Elements/View report in which parts are color coded by specified criteria, a related items web part used for associated documents and drawings, an entity details web part, and a structure viewing web part used for parts lists and where-used reports.

ACM Web Parts for SharePoint combines the power of ACM with the simplicity of SharePoint to expose key product content from ACM within the familiar SharePoint environment. By improving access to product data, you can streamline many processes throughout the enterprise and enable collaboration between cross-functional groups during the product development, content creation, and delivery processes.