Jim Brown takes “a quick peek into some research on consolidating engineering / design suites”. The report, Issue in Focus: Consolidating Design Software: Extending Value Beyond 3D CAD Consolidation extends prior Tech-Clarity research on the business value of consolidating CAD systems. That report, Consolidating CAD: Benefits of a Unified CAD Strategy, focused primarily on consolidating mechanical CAD. This report goes further to explore the added value of consolidating 2D sketching, industrial design, full parametric 3D design, and downstream design.
A few of the highlights include:
Maintaining Design Intent
- Maintain continuity of a design from conceptual sketches all the way to downstream functions
Getting Off of the Data Translation and Recreation Bandwagons
- Manufacturers waste a significant amount of time recreating product data across disconnected tools in their design process
Implications for Manufacturers
- Report includes a template that can be used to calculate the ROI of consolidating on a single design suite