Software teams have long realized the ROI of software configuration management (SCM) systems, which they have used for decades to manage development, improve collaboration, and coordinate releases. SCM systems have become an integral part of a software development environment. Now hardware design teams are encountering the same market forces as software designers: increased competition due to globalization, larger teams of engineers spread across multiple sites, an exponential increase in design complexity, and shrinking market windows. This paper outlines what a multi-site development team sharing large volumes of constantly changing data needs for hardware configuration management (HCM).