Industry analysts, such as Gartner, all agree that employees spend more than 40% of their time searching for product information in order to perform their duties. Most companies still use file cabinets and network directories as the main repositories for product data. Aside from its inherent weakness for search and retrieval, file cabinets require a lot of manual time to maintain – pulling data, copying data and filing data. Network directories, albeit slightly better than file cabinets, have their flaws as well. Data in network drives have obscure names and are standalone files with no links or connection to their related part information. Visidian Connect has the most comprehensive search engine allowing users to easily find information. It is as simple to use as Google search. To help users narrow the search results, Visidian goes beyond just ranking results. It provides advanced search filters based on customer configured document meta-data to hone in on the target information. Visidian Connnect also provides added dimensions for finding the inter-relationships of product data through document links and showing where-used associations. Here are some additional details:
- Content Search – Visidian Connect indexes the content of text-based documents such as Word, Powerpoint, and PDFs. User can find documents by searching within the contents of the document.
- Part Reuse – Visidian Connect’s advanced search feature allows users to quickly find and re-use existing designs. Reusing existing designs reduces the speed of product development and reduces the costs of new designs.
- Focused Search – Visidian Connect allows users to search through the entire system or narrow their search by focusing just on parts, support documents, or customer documents.
- Recent Search – Visidian Connect tracks all of the items that a user views and stores this information. This allows users to quickly go back to a document they they’ve viewed without having to repeat the search query.