Tools – Talent – Technology – Training
These four T’s can be used to define your efforts in you job. Combine these four and you get a balanced approach to CAD.
Let’s look at the Tools
Tools relates to the ones that you select. Which ones will you use? What will you use them for?
Defining the individual Tools that are in your firms tool box is part of your job as a CAD Manager. The process for selecting each tools should be systematic,selective and inclusive of many voices. But at some point, the CAD Manager has to weigh in with a choice.
Some CAD Managers don’t get a choice. They inherit tools. The tools are selected by others. Or the client or project defines the tool. These are realities that we all have to live with. So working with tools that may not be on the top of your list is a day to day reality.
When you have no choice on the tools being used – you need to make the best of it. Don’t complain about how crummy the tools are (even though they may be). Do your best to get the best out of each tool. Look for and build on the best parts of each tool. Try to minimize or work around the areas that are weak.
When you Choose:
When you have the chance to choose the tools that your firm works with, what do you look for? The best all around tool? The best at one particular function? The newest? The cheapest? There are many factors that go into software choices. I could not really list them all. And if I tried, I may miss the ones that you think is most important.
Is it cost? Is it compatibility with other tools? Is it what others are using (industry standard). Is it knowledge of your users? Is it training costs? Support costs?
When I weigh the selection of CAD tools, I have to take all of these into account. Leaving one out may sabotage your selection. Wading through the impactful issues may be tough.
So here is a challenge: Comment on this post with your top three factors that go into software choices…