As the CAD industry evolves, it’s inevitable that if you don’t upgrade your software you may be left in a previous era. But where do you start the CAD upgrade journey and how do you make it worth the investment? Good questions. Let’s explore the discussion items that make a big difference in the decision to move to Creo 2.0.
Talk about common concerns.
Managers are conservative, and they worry about the risk, cost, and effects of new software on product development deadlines. This article addresses many of those concerns, but beyond these concerns, the decision to upgrade or to move may be a comfort issue. Creo has answered problems that mitigate your concerns, from data migration to training to customizations that makes the move to Creo Parametric a little easier and the outcome pretty inspiring.
Look at best practices.
Determine what you could really use in Creo and how Creo adds strength to your current work model. Upgrading software and hardware is important to consider too. Creo 2.0 uses AMD and NVIDIA cards that deliver awesome graphics performance.
Assess how to handle customizations.
Creo Parametric’s user interface can be easily tailored with a few clicks of the button. And Pro/ENGINEER customizations can be loaded right in to Creo Parametric. So even if you’re using Pro/ENGINEER and have it just the way you like it, you can reap the rewards of stronger, faster software, with all the down-home goodness of your old softwar
Worry less about data migration – there is none.
Data migration is simple because there is NO data migration for Pro/ENGINEER users. Files created in any version of Pro/ENGINEER load directly into Creo Parametric. This means no loss in data, models, parts, assemblies, drawings, design intent, feature parameters, or annotations. It’s easy.
Determine training: classroom or on-the-job?
Creo mitigates the learning process with on-the-job LearningConnector that gives you access to 200+ free in-context Creo Parametric tutorials. Beyond LearningConnector, teams can take advantage of instructor lead training, or eLearning courses.
What’s it like to upgrade? Damián Castillo gives his first-hand experience.
Use the ROI Calculator and Checklist.
For management, it’s definitely worth thinking about the return on investment. PTC has developed a calculator to help make the financial justification, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to walk through the calculator and work out the ROI for your company.
So the question becomes not “Do we do it?” but “How and when do we do it?” By determining the pros and cons and outlining a process for integration, engineers and IT managers can make the best plan possible and work through those barriers to move to Creo 2.0.