WEBINAR: OpenBOM Reference-Instance Model and a Single Source of Truth

Oleg Shilovitsky
Oleg Shilovitsky
10 September, 2020 | 1 min for reading
WEBINAR: OpenBOM Reference-Instance Model and a Single Source of Truth

This week’s webinar is about my favorite topic – the core data model of OpenBOM called Reference-Instance Model, which allows managing product data and product structure in the most simple, yet powerful and reliable way. 

There are 5 lessons in this webinar:

Lesson #1 – Let’s make a BOM of parts?  (two skateboards, 4 and 6 wheel variants)

Lesson #2 – Creating an “instance” of common and uncommon items (in a Catalog)

Lesson #3 – (Re)using items(s) in a BOM

Lesson #4 – Controlling how/when BOMs update 

Lesson #5 – Driving updates down through purchasing 

Don’t miss this video: 

And also a slide deck. 

Webinar #28 – OpenBOM for Autodesk Inventor from Oleg Shilovitsky<


OpenBOM Reference-Instance model allows you to create a set of catalogs to manage a database of all items used in products and instantiate these items in a variety of Bill of Materials. This simple yet powerful paradigm allows full customization freedom on both reference and instance level for the most flexible data modeling. In my next blog, I will explain why the OpenBOM reference-instance model is a foundation for a modern distributed source of truth. Stay tuned. 

Check all OpenBOM webinars here.

Best, Oleg @ openbom dot com.

Want to learn more about PLM? Check out my Beyond PLM blog and PLM Book website. Read OpenBOM customer reviews on G2 Crowd to learn what customers are saying about OpenBOM. 

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