CAD software administration is becoming a headache

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Written by Kari Manner

Posted on September 08, 2022

In our discussions with prospects, we are often told that they have challenges with CAD software administration. Some are already experiencing difficulties and others can see this becoming a problem in the next few years. But what’s behind it all?

In the early 2000s, many industrial companies, EPC contractors and owner-operators implemented comprehensive, yet somewhat cumbersome CAD software systems that were supposed to meet most design needs for the coming decades. They invested vast resources to customize and adapt these systems to streamline their own businesses and improve their competitiveness. Although software administration was resource-heavy, it was deemed worth it.

Due to the long history of using these CAD software systems, many of the software specialists and administrators in these organizations are at an advanced age. Many have already retired or plan to do so soon. As a result, they have lost or are in the process of losing their ability to update their CAD environments. This is made worse by the fact that, in many cases, skills transfer to the younger generation has not taken place. This is somewhat understandable: the new generation of talented designers and software administrators would rather be working with modern systems that have a future, than specialize in a system that is on its way out.

If this sounds familiar, you are probably considering implementing new CAD software. A lack of software administration resources is but one of several reasons why you may be looking at upgrading to next-generation software.

We’ve created a white paper that looks at the different scenarios and provides insights as well as practical considerations and best practices when embarking on this renewal journey. 

Download white paper: Upgrading to next-generation CAD software