CAD Manager's Newsletter (#389)9 Aug, 2017 By: Robert Green
Before your IT staff rushes to move tools and resources onto the cloud, make sure they understand the possible impact on CAD users.
As Summer on the Cloud continues, it's time to ponder a scenario I see far too often: Corporate or IT decision makers move to adopt cloud technology, without first considering how CAD tools could be impacted. In many cases, CAD users struggle as ill-advised cloud storage implementations, sluggish wide-area networks (WANs), or poorly thought-out licensing schemes disrupt proven workflows — and CAD managers are left to pick up the pieces.
In this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I'll share a sample letter to IT that you can use to head off cloud-based mistakes before they happen. Feel free to edit this letter to suit your situation, or just use the topics as conversation starters. Here goes.
Dear IT Department,
It's me, the CAD manager. I know our company is eager to reduce IT costs and move things onto the cloud these days, but I'd like to request that we all consider some of the potential problems our CAD users could encounter before we jump into anything. Our CAD work processes are an integral part of getting our projects done, so I take a keen interest in anything that might disrupt them.
Please know that I mean no disrespect to anyone, and that I want to be part of the solution. I'd like to list some of my concerns in hopes that we can have a productive conversation about cloud technology as it relates to CAD.
Concern 1: Don't Rush to Replace Things That Work
I realize that the CAD companies are pushing you to license cloud-based applications rather than continuing with existing tools. I know they may even be offering special sales and subscription discounts for cloud products, but before considering any of those offers, we must ask the following questions:
- Do the tools we use today still work?
- Will the new cloud tools work any better (or worse)?
- Is there a compelling productivity reason to switch?
I would argue that switching from what we have installed already to a cloud-based alternative only merits consideration if we solve existing problems by doing so, or boost productivity substantially. Switching just to switch opens us up to all sorts of potential implementation problems, bugs, and workflow changes. In short, if what we have isn't broken, why would we try to "fix it" with new cloud components? Read more »
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