What is the OpenBOM Change Request and Approval Process and How Does It Work?

Oleg Shilovitsky
Oleg Shilovitsky
21 September, 2022 | 3 min for reading
What is the OpenBOM Change Request and Approval Process and How Does It Work?

If you manage your engineering data today using Excel, chances are good that you have dreamed of a better way. Manufacturing companies are moving towards digital transformation and, as a result, need to find a way out of the existing document and Excel-based processes. Well, dream no more! OpenBOM Change Management is just such a tool. OpenBOM is a cloud-native product lifecycle management (PLM) system that enables you to manage your product data simply and effectively. With OpenBOM you can easily manage the change process including Item/BOM creation, and data sharing, to collaborate on the revision process with your team members including change requests and approval. OpenBOM Change Management Process tools are easy and simple for us. In my blog today, you can learn the basics about OpenBOM change requests and change order functions.

Change Management Basics

There are three fundamental elements of OpenBOM data management that allow you to organize and manage change processes in the organization.

Each of these elements has its own purpose. The core data model allows you to organize the information, manage items and BOM, provide a flexible mechanism that manages multiple item types, manages item-instance product structure, and makes editing possible in a collaborative way. OpenBOM automatically captures the history of all your edits and gives you history change details. Revisions are a way to organize immutable snapshots while change requests and approvals are the mechanisms to organize the sign-off process before any revision will be created.

How OpenBOM ECO Works

The fundamental ECO process is combined from the editing of the data in the latest state (Item and BOM), the creation of Change Requests for each Item (Part Number). The Change Request needs to be created and approved (by a single person or a group of users) to allow a revision to be created. If the Item is an Assembly, the revision process will include a change request for a Bill of Materials.

VIDEO – OpenBOM Change Management

In the following video you can learn the basics of change management process organization, including how to keep track of changes, organization of data – item/ BOM and change requests as well as the process of approvals – mandatory approval, optional, and notifications.

Benefits of OpenBOM Change Management Process

The main benefit of the OpenBOM change management process is the organization of a collaborative review and approval process. The unique differentiation of OpenBOM is a collaborative approval dashboard that allows all participants of the change process to see the status of sign-offs and control the outcome in a collaborative and dynamic way.


If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, cloud-native product lifecycle management system, then look no further than OpenBOM and Change Management. With its familiar Excel-like interface and robust collaboration features, OpenBOM helps you to organize the change management process in a simple and easy way. So why wait? Sign up for OpenBOM today. The REGISTRATION IS FREE and you can start a 14-day trial to check how to manage ECO using OpenBOM today!

Best, Oleg

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