People are cruel. They sit around all day creating this and that, saving it here, copying it there and finally emailing it to everyone… multiple times. I’m one of those people. We pretty much all are… except that guy in the corner with the typing speed of a dead squirrel. We create, we store, we send.

However, the difficult part is often the finding. That’s where Inforbix comes in. A new start-up in the CAD space until coming out of stealth mode this week, they’re taking on our data. Details are sparse, but here’s what we can tell ya.

What is Inforbix all about?

I’ve been talking with Oleg Shilovitsky, founder of Inforbix, for quite some time about what they’re working on. (Discalimer: I’m currently serving as an advisor for them.) On the about page, it states that they, “…share a vision of how to make the data you already own easily accessible and infinitely more usable…” Vision don’t do much typically, but making data more accessible and more usable makes sense. We all have more of it than we know what to do with.

I asked Oleg about what that means and what Inforbix was all about. Here’s the concept:

Product data is located in many “data sources” in an organization (CAD files, Excel, databases, enterprise systems-PLM, ERP, CRM, etc.) This product data belongs to different “functional domains” – sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing, support etc. We want to provide an easy way to retrieve product data in a meaningful way, which means:

  • Combine pieces of information coming from multiple places
  • Search across multiple data sources
  • Navigate between connected pieces of data (i.e. 3D CAD, 2D drawing, BOM, PO’s, CRM and email)
  • Slice & dice data into different forms – mashup data (i.e tables).

So, say for instance you’re starting a new project. There’s a bit of data you may already have that would help get the preliminary details out of the way. Imagine being able to combine, search and navigate through all of that. The same type of scenarios could play out for project reviews, presentations, or retrieving updated data from design, engineering or manufacturing.

Currently, Inforbix is in the alpha phase of their product launch with an early beta launch coming up. There’s a sign up form here to get in on it. The system will be first be available as a web-based app with additional components later on that can be installed inside a company network.

Update:
There are two other articles out where Oleg reveals some more details about the project.
Inforbix Poised to Shake Up Engineering Design Search
An Interview with Oleg Shilovitsky

Their blog is here – Product Data Space – in which, I’m betting, you’ll see articles about Product Data. You can also find Inforbix on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

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Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.