I'd appreciate any input from the community. We have a large number of internal plant and quality employees who need to see approved GSM specification data (material and packaging material), but are not licensed for PLM4P and do not have UGM profiles. Licensing them all is cost prohibitive. We are currently sending data to a warehouse and using BI reporting tools to generate a report, but the format and appearance don't match the formal spec reports using print templates directly out of PLM. I've been asked to see if we can do Supplier Portal "light" to make that spec info available. We are licensed for supplier collaboration, but have not implemented it yet (just went live with PDM, NPD, and Formulation & Compliance 22.214.171.124).
I am more than aware that there isn't going to be a quick and easy solution, but need to do the research. In reviewing the documentation plus threads in this forum, CSS feels like a better fit for this immediate need. We are not yet doing sourcing approvals, which is a requirement for Supplier Portal. Also, Supplier Portal is designed to be interactive and this user base won't be. We do have experience (limited) with PLM web services and middleware from our interface builds plus some extensibility pack functionality which also sways me toward CSS. Of course, there are issues there as well.
Is anyone else dealing with this type of situation? Are you using CSS or Supplier Portal for a similar use case? Or even a different use case and have some advise? Anything would help.
Thanks so much,
Beth, we have legacy BOM applications that spec data are pushed to from GSM and our internal plant and quality team members then have visibility with complete security considerations. I believe our plan is to eventually utilize the capabilities of the Custom Portal to provide Plant Views of the specs and will use the built in security models of GSM. This way we can decommission our legacy apps.
Hope that helps some. You can find out more about the Custom Portal in the Extensionability Pack docs.