Configuration Management Training

Nick Martin, the founder of Altium (then known as Protel), created the company and its first products to make PCB design available to anyone who wanted to make electronics. His primary focus was hobbyists and small companies with 1 or 2 designers. The designer ran the tool and handled its administration.

The tipping point for Altium came in 2008 when they revolutionized the PCB design process with easy to use 3D capabilities. From there, larger companies were giving Altium a serious second look. As these companies were buying licenses in large volume, the need for configuration management such as license control, company schematic templates, design rule sets, mechanical layer standards, centralized libraries, version control, and uniform document generation processes, to name a few, became clear.

Configuration management can feel unwieldy at times. It not only requires knowledge of Altium Designer and it features, but an understanding of the organizationís work flow. In most cases, a documented work flow didnít exist, or was ignored.

With our experience and knowledge, Nine Dot Connects can assist you with the configuration management process. This is more than just showing the tools; it is an giving you an understanding of what Altium Designer needs done to adhere to the processes in place. It is an opportunity to review the process to ensure that it functions as intended. It is the also to help you blaze a trail to put missing processes in place.

Potential areas to be addressed:

  • Altium Dashboard (Administratorís control of the Altium user accounts)
  • Methods of Installation
  • Schematic Templates
  • Version Control (SVN)
  • Library Configuration
  • Mechanical Layers
  • Outjob Files
  • Windows Directory Configuration

Length of training varies based on the level of knowledge being sought and if hands-on experience is being requested. Though we do not have formal exercises designed for these training topics, we can focus the efforts on crafting a training/consulting program that is specific to your companyís needs.

Based on past experiences, the following lengths of time are recommended: 2 to 3 days

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