CAD Manager's Newsletter (#320)

23 Apr, 2014 By: Robert Green

CAD Is the Least of Our Problems, Part 1

Managing our day-to-day workflow is even more challenging than keeping up with software changes.

On the surface, it sounds like a good riddle:

Question: When is a CAD manager not like a CAD manager?
Answer: When he or she is busy managing everything but CAD applications.

This riddle is no joke, however. Thanks to dramatic changes in workflows, collaboration solutions, and hardware technology, being a CAD manager now requires mastery of a wide variety of skills that have no connection to CAD — that is, until you think about the problem more deeply.

What types of new skills am I talking about? I'll get into that. But first, in this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll explain the changes underlying these new CAD management challenges. Here goes. Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox

IT Knowledge for CAD Managers

If you're like many CAD managers (myself included), you have a solid base of IT knowledge, but you don't have enough time to become an IT expert. Because modern CAD tools require more IT integration for features such as cloud storage and collaboration with remote sites, it really does pay to have a good idea of what IT can do for you — or how it can limit you.

As I strive to stay on top of IT technology, I've found the web site to be a valuable resource. Read more »

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:: Resources

ASCENT Releases Autodesk Official Training Guides for 2015 Versions
Rand Worldwide's courseware division, ASCENT – Center for Technical Knowledge, has made an initial release of new Autodesk Official Training Guides (AOTG) for Autodesk 2015 software, and expects to release at least 40 more titles in the coming months. ASCENT's training guides are designed to provide instruction in the classroom, for self-study, and as a reference for ongoing use outside class.

:: Events

Problem Solved
April 24, 2014
10:30 a.m. ET
Poor communication and lack of collaboration on design projects are common problems for companies in the architectural, civil, and manufacturing space. IMAGINiT's Problem Solved online conference will cover the issues that arise when working with internal and external teams, as well as ideas about how to solve or prevent these challenges. Read more »

PLM Road Map 2014
October 2, 2014
Plymouth, Michigan
This annual event is hosted by CIMdata, a global product lifecycle management (PLM) consulting and research firm. The theme for this year's conference is "PLM-Enabled Continuous Product Development and Delivery for the Automotive & Transportation Industry and Supply Chain." Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to

:: What's New at

First Look Review: Digital Storm Slade PRO
Attention to detail is evident in the design and construction of this high-end workstation. Read more »

Save Your AutoCAD Settings to the Cloud
Learn how to save your customized AutoCAD environment to the cloud so it is easy to restore in no time! Watch the video »

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Re: CAD Manager's Newsletter (#320)
by: Drafter1981
May 19, 2014 - 2:55pm
So far as a consultant this has not been a problem however at my full-time position we've run into al lot of legal issues. For one, eventhough it may be easier for me to use my own devices (since I am a consultant) this creates a problem with my full-time employer because there is always the "conflict of interest issue"... The other issue that I've run into is eventhough my full-time employer is willing to get me the hardware I need (to keep things separate), the IT department with my full-time employer "IS NOT FLEXABLE" so getting software, or permission to use apps is not good.
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