CAD Standardization Strategies

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Issue in Focus: CAD Standardization Strategies – Considerations for Multi-CAD versus Standardization – discusses considerations for operating in a multi-CAD environment versus standardizing on a single solution. Helps companies develop a “CAD Standardization Strategy” based on a thorough understanding of the business drivers, constraints, and tradeoffs impacting their decision.

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Table of Contents

  • Introducing the Issue
  • Considering the Business Drivers
  • Making Tradeoffs
  • Developing a Strategy
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • About the Author

Introducing the Issue

There are benefits to having a standard CAD package, as reported in the recently published research paper Tech-Clarity Insight: Consolidating CAD. These business benefits range from tactical cost savings to strategic advantages such as corporate flexibility. As that paper mentioned, however, “Not all businesses have the opportunity to unify their CAD solutions due to customer and supplier constraints, but there are multiple advantages for those that can.”

This paper is intended to help companies develop a “CAD Standardization Strategy” based on a thorough understanding of the business drivers, constraints, and tradeoffs impacting their decision. This strategy can help determine the appropriate level of standardization to best meet the needs of the business. The paper offers a suggested list of business drivers to be used as a starting point for an industry and company tailored CAD strategy.