WindChill is a Foundation Tool to manage any document (file) and/or metadata related to engineering parts/assemblies. As a Foundation Tool you have to make it do what you wish through customization - everything you want it to do.
PDM Link is WindChill with about 80% of the customization PTC has done to WindChill for past customers. So "typical" workflows and processes are already functional in PDM Link with no, or only minor, customization - as long as PTC's "typical" processes work for you.
Both WindChill and PDM Link has Gateways to INTRALINK (so Pro/E files can remain in INTRALINK) and other CAD systems, plus Office tools like MS Office. Both can use PROJECT Link for collaboration with persons outside of engineering. Both manage part, BOMand document data. Both are request driven to add or change part and document data, using workflows to electronically approve or reject processes of a new release or change order. Both will "post" Item Master and BOM data to a ERP/MRP system. One requires a whole lot of customization, the other should not.
INTRALINK is a vanilla DMS (file management) tool that works well for Pro/E data, but I am told is not well suited for non-Pro/E files.
I was told that PDM Link will be renamed to WindChill, the latest version is to include most INTRALINK functions, and that INTRALINK will become a "lite" version of this new version of WindChill, yet to be named.
As stated, PDMLink is part of Windchill and it is a totallyseperate product from INTRALINK (Oracle based but a complete different data structure...etc.). INTRALINK will be phased out eventually. To put a timeline to it is tough, but 4 or 5years is a good guess.
There will be tools to convert from INTRALINK to PDMLink - ease and cost of migration are the big questions.
If you take the time to read the roadmap PTC lays out every year you
would see Intralink is a long term product. While I wasn't at the last
PTC User event, I am told Intralink was given a renewed roadmap past v4.
PDMLink and Pro/INTRALINK are two entirely different products with
different focus. Pro/INTRALINK is a workgroup PDM for Pro/ENGINEER
designer, whereas PDMLink is an Enterprise wide tool to incorporate
Pro/ENGINEER data into an ERP, coincidentally Windchill .
There are also gateways for Pro/INTRALINK to Windchill so you can still
utilize Pro/INTRALINK without migrating to PDMLink. In fact 3.3 and 3.4
improve the integration of Pro/INTRALINK to ERP systems utilizing new
Unfortunately, I think that a lot of these rumours get started by sales reps. That is basically where I first heard about Intralink obsolence, butthat was years ago just before Windchill first came out.
The rumours I heard recently (and more frequently) were from colleagues who got the information from their sales rep, or other colleagues of theirs who were talking to other sales reps (and so on, and so on, and so on....).
I guess this may be a method to generate new sales, but I do not think it is very effective as just generates more confusion than it does sales revenue.
Thats right provan. It was stated at the PTC Conference in Nashville that Intralink is not going away. They did say that there would likely be no more functionality added to it such as new interfaces, just bug fixes and oracle engine updates.
From my understanding, Intralink will only have improvemsnts made for bugs (are there bugs?) and any Pro/E changes that would affect Intralink data management. So, no further development of Intralink is expected. More date codes may come out but that would be because of Wildfire updates.
Migration tools are being developed to make the transition from Intralink to PDMLink and are only available to the PTC Global Services Group at this time. They are planning a tool that will be released.