Like software teams, hardware design teams need configuration management systems. However, Software Configuration Management (SCM) systems do not meet all the demands of hardware design teams. This paper explains the drawbacks of traditional data sharing and collaboration techniques and how a Hardware Configuration Management (HCM) system integrated into the design flow can enhance collaboration, improve productivity and dramatically reduce the need for re-spins. ClioSoft’s SOS is used as an example to illustrate the benefits of an HCM system including the automation of bookkeeping and gate keeping tasks, providing real-time communication and collaboration for multi-site teams, preventing errors and data loss, and providing quick visual review of design changes to schematics and layouts using ClioSoft’s powerful visual diff engine.