How to Build a New Data Management System

Judy Warner
|  Created: May 3, 2021
Pro Tips on Adopting to a New Design System

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Show Highlight - Pro Tips! 

  • How do you build a new data management system? 
  • Build templates and defaults (files) and remember to always do this FIRST - copy the Altium defaults and set them up from there. Please review all the parameters and learn how they flow. Then check in to Concord / Altium365.
  • Review and organize your categorization system. Make templates. Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be. Restrain yourself from over-organizing.
  • Build up a test project and test it out.
  • Bonus: Use the drafting system; it is awesome.

Show Notes:

  • Why did you start using Altium 365 Pro? 
  • Flat data model is dead
    • Database and programmable access to a managed data system
    • Version control within the new data management system
    • Part availability and shortages and crosses
    • Better than Digi-key in some cases :)
  • What solutions/benefits did this offer to the organizations you are involved in?
  • Digging into the details: Advice for your peers and those considering this solution: 
    • Maybe prototype and implementation should be different
    • Migrating to Altium 365...go slow and don’t jump into the migrator right away.
    • The templating system is great...USE IT! (if Pro)
    • Sample data is a nice place to start, but hardly a perfect plan
    • Directories are a good start, but data quality varies and is inconsistent
    • Highly recommend the pro version
    • Concord Pro for DoD work (on-premises)
    • Plan it out, figure out what really matters. I wasted a lot of time on what didn't matter.
      • I ultimately wrote an entire document with footprint names/IDs, formatting of the descriptions, etc.  After making a mess.
  • Rs and Cs were the hardest.  Use Excel to build tables. (John Watson’s tip)
  • Lot's of little details which are not readily apparent how they work together.

Links and Resources:

Escape Room Tech
Anidea Engineering
Altium 365
Concord Pro (On premise)
Altium 365 Pro Subscription (includes Concord Pro for Data Management)

Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics

About Author

About Author

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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