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We have a Solidworks PDM vault where all of our drawings are housed. We are transitioning to using Jira to do everything. We need a plug-in or known database that can communicate between the two. Basically so our drafters or engineers can go into Jira to do everything but it is still done in our PDM vault as well without them having to go into both. The plug-in/ db for example would check out the drawing and check the drawing back into PDM etc.
I've been trying to do the same thing, though in the opposite direction. That is, have PDM talk to Jira and tell it what needs to happen. The difference here I guess is that all the "work" is done in Solidworks, and Jira is used as a reporting and communication tool to other stakeholders in the company.
I'm trying to link an part/assembly/drawing to a Jira issue, so that when a new ticket is opened the designers can link the active change order to the Jira ticket. When the CAD file is checked out, we'd like PDM to tell Jira to move the issue from "Backlog" to "In Progress". When the file in PDM is then transitioned to the "Change Order Review" state in PDM, I'd like the state change to tell Jira to transition the issue to the"Review" state, so the drawing checkers know that they have something in their queue. And finally once it's approved, PDM would transition the issue to the "Done" state. This way we can track the project progress from Jira and reviewers can see what drawings they need to be looking at, and project managers can get more accurate reporting on project progress through the week.
PDM doesn't have a REST API built in but I've seen a tool from Hawkridge that they claim adds this functionality to the PDM vault. Havent tried it though.
We are also looking to implement PDM-Pro as the single soure of truth on our developments. The intent is to use PDM for all configuration management but leave the change management in Jira. As Mark points out there is no REST API for PDM which kind of sucks. Hawkridge is our VAR as well but the cost of the API they provide is prohibitive. I personally think it should be something in all tools nowadays, not an expensive add-on.
The functionality i'm looking for is all CR's raised in JIRA, then reviewed, triaged and planned under CO's that are referenced in the commit comments of PDM check-ins. The system would parse comments to deliver links to the PDM objects that are changed for a given CR. Released baselines would be stored in a vault location and include a CO Jira ID in the commit for traceability. This is conceptually quite basic and pretty much what the Jira - SVN plugis are doing on the software development side. A tabbed pane on the Jira issue views would trivial to implement and populate with the query on the Vault for referenced checkin comments.
Let me know if you are interested in working together to try and realize this initial implementation of Jira for change managment and PDM-Pro for the configuration management aspects.
We have already a solution that enables communication between Aras PLM - JiRA
1st step : after creation of PDM document, a task will be created on Jira side. The document properties will be saved in task.
2nd step: The changes after document creation, synchronize and transferred to JIRA from PDM system.
Project manager can see all task which is created PDM activity status if needed we can integrate other PLM systems . (like Solidworks PDM Professional. )
we can customize our solution as a Atlassian plug-in .
for further information please do not hesitate to contact abdullah.yigit (at )daimia com