Unveiling and tackling bottlenecks in your engineering software landscape

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Written by Thomas Schubbach

Posted on December 15, 2023

Welcome to the second blog text in our #readyfor2024 series, where I delve into the crucial topic of optimizing your software landscape for 2024. As technology continues to advance, staying updated and efficient in your digital tools is not just an advantage but a necessity. This blog aims to guide you through enhancing your software ecosystem. I will explore for which common bottlenecks Cadmatic can support and share success stories from our satisfied customers.

Daily bottlenecks and annoyances

Let's address some typical daily bottlenecks and annoyances. In my conversations with customers, I often find that many companies are hesitant to fully embrace digitalization. At first glance, their solution and tool landscape might seem up to date. However, everyone has that one procedure or file – like an Excel document – that causes daily frustration.

Consider this scenario: there’s a change in your P&ID for instrument I_1234, and you need to update all related documentation and tools. But you can't find it because the name is listed as I-1234 instead of I_1234. This might seem like a trivial issue, but what if the discrepancies involve numerous attributes and metadata across hundreds of objects? How much time is wasted correcting these small mistakes?

Precision and efficiency are paramount in engineering, and you've probably recognized some of these bottlenecks in your own software landscape. Many engineering teams struggle with integrating data from various departments, tools, and databases, including Excel. Next, we’ll explore practical methods to identify and resolve these bottlenecks, focusing on the critical path and daily nuisances that impair productivity.

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1. Identifying the pain points

Before seeking solutions, it's crucial to pinpoint the real pain points in your engineering software landscape. Understand the critical path – the sequence of stages determining the minimum time needed for an operation – and address daily annoyances that slow down your team. Listen to your team's feedback and pinpoint where frustrations and delays commonly occur. The overall picture might seem fine, but what about the details?

2. Streamlining data integration

Bridging the gap between different departments, tools, and databases is often a significant challenge. Start by mapping the data flow in your engineering process. Manual interventions are common even in so-called fully integrated landscapes. Consider how you manage changed data, handle multiple document versions, and reintegrate updated data.

3. Reduce to the max: keeping it simple

When striving for efficiency, simplicity is key. Assess the tools and databases you use: are they all necessary? Streamlining your software landscape involves reducing unnecessary complexity. Retain only the essential tools for your workflow, which might include retiring outdated systems or consolidating redundant ones. With new tools, reconsider your workflows, as many were established in a less supportive environment.

4. Quick wins for immediate impact

To tackle daily annoyances and pain points, focus on quick wins that can be implemented swiftly. This could include automating workflows using Cadmatic solutions, setting up database triggers to eliminate manual data entry, or optimizing SQL/Oracle workflows for external data. These immediate fixes can significantly boost productivity.

With Cadmatic, you can enhance tools like SQL or Oracle to integrate data seamlessly. Excel often serves as a bridge for simpler tasks, offering an intuitive interface for data manipulation and visualization. Cadmatic supplements these tools, leveraging existing resources to demonstrate our out-of-the-box capabilities. We believe in simplicity and action – we just do it. Below are two examples of satisfied Cadmatic customers.

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Alba’s success story

In 2016, Alba embraced Cadmatic for design and information management. Under General Manager Camillo Martiradonna, Alba evolved from a steel trading company into a specialist in piping and civil engineering. Martiradonna notes, “Cadmatic helps us to reduce data loss and achieve better quality end products. We set up the electrical, instrumentation, and control departments first in 2014, followed by the process and automation departments in 2016. From our new head office in Mendrisio, we can support clients in basic and detailed engineering, job management, and material procurement”. Read Alba’s full success story here.

SIAD’s success story

SIAD Macchine Impianti S.p.A, a Cadmatic client in Italy, specializes in designing gas production plants, compressors, and automation systems. They adopted Cadmatic plant design software in 2015 to streamline their design processes. Mr. Casalinuovo, Mechanical Design Discipline Manager at SIAD, highlights the advantage of using Cadmatic as “sharing designs with external offices and being able to customize our database as much as possible”. Read SIAD’s full success story here.

Conclusion: A continuous improvement journey

Enhancing your engineering software landscape is an ongoing process. Regularly reassess your workflows, listen to your team's feedback, and stay adaptable to emerging technologies. By focusing on the real pain points, connecting the dots, and embracing simplicity, you can foster a more efficient and productive engineering environment.

For more information pop me an email or visit our website. If you enjoyed reading this blog text, stay tuned for next one titled “Reduce to the max”.