Get Help with Your CAD Management To-Do List24 Apr, 2013 By: Robert Green
CAD Manager's Toolbox: You don't have to do everything on your own — not when there are inexpensive ways to buy yourself some breathing room.
Do you ever find yourself wanting to conduct a training program but lacking the time? Do you need to revamp your PDF management procedures but can’t figure out how to tweak the drivers you have? CAD management comprises a variety of tasks that are always difficult to coordinate, but become even more challenging when you also have project pressures.
Let me pose a couple of questions:
- Who says you have to do it all?
- Why not outsource some of your CAD management load via clever technology purchasing?
To address the example scenarios above, I'd make the following suggestions:
- Purchase or license some computer-based training materials rather than developing them yourself. Allow your users to go through the classes on their own, at times that work for them.
- Purchase a more flexible and powerful PDF driver from a third-party manufacturer rather than wasting hours trying to determine what’s wrong with what you have.
If training or technical issues are costing you money — yet you don’t have time to fix them — why not make the case to your boss about purchasing some solutions? What other things have you been putting off only because you don’t have enough time to handle a task that you could purchase solutions for?
Do your homework, pitch your ideas to your boss, and explain the benefits of getting things done sooner rather than later. Believe me, your boss doesn't really care how the problems get solved, as long as they get solved!
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