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Graph Database & Ganister PLM w/ Yoann Maingon

In this episode we will be talking with Yoann Maingon about graph database, Ganister PLM, and configuration management.

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Yoann Maingon is the co-founder and CEO of Ganister, the graph-based PLM solution application. Yoann started as an electronic engineer working in the defense and security industry.

He then accumulated 10+ years of experience as a PLM consultant, covering technical and functional aspects of implementations for a very diverse type and size of companies.

He is also the author of two personal blogs PLM Stack and Le PLM Ouvert where he shares his thoughts on every aspect of PLM.

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Key Takeaways

  • Ganister is a new PLM solution with a focus on flexibility and speed.
  • Yoann has made a bet on graph database technology. He believes that it is a perfect fit for PLM, as the main value in PLM is in the relationships we manage, notably through configuration management.
  • Yoann decided to start Ganister as he noted there weren’t many PLM frameworks that allow consultants to do a flexible implementation. When companies want to start a new PLM project, they need to pay high fees for features they might not need. He wanted to build a PLM that would avoid that pitfall, and allow for a flexible framework.
  • Ganister stores data as a graph. Graphs are available at any place in the PLM. They can be filtered, and customized. The graphs can be extended to whatever the customer wants to handle with Ganister, e.g. object definition, relationship definition, etc.
  • The grids in Ganister are highly adaptable to rich content, images, multi-line text, formatted tags, and date internalization.
  • Business models are based on the number of users. You can extend the amount of objects without increasing the price.
  • Ganister can be deployed both as a cloud or on-premise solution.
  • Ganister’s user experience is one of its strengths. The UI is clean, and user friendly, without compromising the speed of navigating within the PLM.
  • Currently Ganister has documentation to train users and administrators. They are currently building a collection of training videos and dynamic content on an e-learning platform.
  • Ganister’s UI is translated in many languages. You can easily switch from one language to another. Everything that comes out of the box is translated.
  • Yoann believes that most companies still haven’t reached PLM 2.0. He considers PLM 2.0 as configuration management. His objective is to help companies get the basics right, e.g. configuration management, so that they can be ready for PLM 3.0 and PLM 4.0.
  • Ganister is free to download. There is a limitation of the amount of nodes available in the trial version, but no limits in terms of data model.


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