Did you inherit a 3D CAD program with your 2D package with no guidance on how to use it? We did, too.
In fact, we, DesignPoint, used to be an Autodesk reseller back in the day. So why did we make the switch?
These are all smart reasons to make the switch, but how practical is it? Here are the top challenges companies may face when making the switch, according to a recent Tech-Clarity report:
This probably leaves you wondering:
- How can I ensure successful adoption of a new CAD system?
- How will I migrate my legacy data?
Successful Software Adoption
In today’s digital age, companies, especially technology companies, simply cannot get away with putting an ineffective product on the market. So if we’re being honest, many of these CAD systems can work for you. The question is not a matter of can this system reduce design rework, decrease my development time, or whatever it is that you need it to do. The question is, what can I do to ensure a successful adoption?
As with everything else in business and design, it all comes down to a process.
- Ensure a transition plan
- Enact a process to ensure a high retention rate
- Choose a partner that has the experience and resources to help you to execute your plan
Successful adoption is dependent on many factors including easy-to-use software, a plan for success with your reseller, the right processes and methodologies that make data migration seamless, and access to online learning portals and certified trainings to make your users as efficient as possible. Having certified users on your team gives you added credibility in your market, as well as makes your users proud of their skills and achievements. This leads to high retention rates and maximized adoption, and that, my friend, equals a return on your investment!
But we don’t live in a perfect world where all of your engineers are going to eat up the idea of a CAD system switch with hurrahs and high-fives of approval all around. In fact, it’s encouraged to have an evenly-balanced team of supporters and non-supporters. Why? Your supporters may become overly optimistic and become blind to any hiccups along the way. And your non-supporters can let their negative feelings regarding the switch get in the way to the point that nothing gets done. But when there’s a balanced team of naysayers and supporters, they actually hold each other accountable. The naysayers will hold supporters accountable for the benefits this change promises while the supporters can help the naysayers see the bigger vision.
Aside from employee education, data migration seems to be the second biggest challenge companies face when making a CAD switch. So, let’s explore those issues further.
Companies either favor re-creating the data or converting it to a neutral format such as IGES or STEP.
After reading this, does the thought of migrating data, or losing critical design data, still keep you up at night? We understand, but it shouldn’t be holding you back from reaching your full potential. And the best part? You don’t need to go through this alone. Because we were an Autodesk reseller, we’ve gone through this process, and we’ve helped our customers make the transition for over 15 years.
We have an arsenal of tools and techniques that will make your transition much easier than you think. Just check out this quick video showing how SOLIDWORKS 3D Interconnect supports a great variety of file formats including neutral files such as STEP, IGES, and ACIS. It also includes support for reference geometry such as planes and axis, as well as custom properties from other CAD applications.
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