Secure Data Management with The Fusion 360 Manage Extension

Shannon McGarry June 14, 2022 2 min read

Data is as abundant as oxygen in our digital world and must be properly stored and secured. The Fusion 360 Manage Extension provides several data management tools to help keep your product designs secure.

The last two decades have ushered in new eras of data management practices. Communication, creation, and storage all happen in digital environments. The context of terms like “follow the paper trail” has changed to be less literal and more metaphorical. The more data is consumed and transmitted, the more storage, bandwidth, and services are needed to manage it.

Data management is the process of collecting, organizing, storing, and using data within a secure and efficient environment. As with any process, optimization sparks innovation and fuels efficiency, which improves processes as the years go on. In an increasingly digital world with exponentially increasing amounts of data, it is imperative that you manage data. It’s also essential to secure it appropriately to avoid capital loss, increased expenses, and data theft.

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Data Management Best Practices

A well-designed data management system helps companies securely maintain their data without fear of loss, data corruption, or corporate espionage. Not all systems are the same, but they should all follow a set of best practices. 

Industry standards typically govern best practices. They can vary depending on global location, changing regulations, the data being managed, and ongoing efforts against online criminals. Current best practices consist of a few basic steps:

  1. Use strong file naming and cataloging conventions
  2. Implement clear and concise metadata or meta descriptions
  3. Create a robust data storage plan
  4. Provide multiple levels of documentation
  5. Commit to data management training
  6. Institute optimal security and privacy standards
  7. Invest in a trusted data management software

With these basic best practices, companies can ensure that their data is secure, accessible, and documented correctly. Consider investing in data management software even if you think you can manage your data with steps one through six. The larger your company, team, or project, the more likely data will become mismanaged. Data management systems can help alleviate the complexities of managing data while making it more accessible.

Data Management Systems

If you look at data as business capital, it is easy to rationalize the need to protect and manage it. Some products do not function without data. For example, self-driving vehicles need to process and feed environmental data through algorithms housed in onboard sensors. Without said data, autonomous cars would not exist. You cannot run algorithms without substantial data. Thus, data management systems are implemented to maintain large quantities of data properly.

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The Fusion 360 Manage Extension

Fusion 360 is a robust, cloud-based CAD/CAM software. It combines computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided electronics (CAE), and printed circuit board (PCB) elements into one extensive package.

The Fusion 360 Manage Extension is Autodesk’s solution to maintaining data without having to leave the Fusion 360 platform. This extension provides functionality that other CAD/CAM software may not have. For example, you can document product design iterations using the Change Management feature. You can also capture, notify, approve, and view the entire history of design changes, which helps in areas like company compliance.

Along with version control, the Fusion 360 Manage Extension also provides a secure and accessible repository on the cloud. You can collaborate and transmit data easily, knowing that outside influences cannot access your data without proper credentials.

Try the Fusion 360 Manage Extension today to store, organize, and secure your design data for tomorrow.

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