CAD Manager's Newsletter (#322)

27 May, 2014 By: Robert Green

CAD Is the Least of Our Problems, Part 3

Stay focused on your core priorities, and implement only those mobile and cloud technologies that support them.

In the past two editions of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I've alerted you to the problems that are coming our way as an increasing variety of cloud applications, user devices, operating systems, and wide-area operating environments conspire to complicate CAD management. I've also tried to make the case that instituting a smart policy addressing these challenges is increasingly the responsibility of the CAD manager, not just your IT department.

But with all this emphasis on new technology, it becomes easy to lose track of the fundamental tasks that CAD managers are responsible for. In this edition of the CAD Manager's Newsletter, I will give you some ideas for refocusing on your core priorities and selecting the technologies that support those goals — while screening out the rest. Here goes.

Ensure Productivity

First things first: What's the point of anything else if projects aren't being produced? CAD and building information modeling (BIM) managers are judged primarily by their ability to help work get done, and to resolve any problems that hinder production. Quite often I find that senior management staffs don't care what sort of tools are being used; they simply want to know that projects are being completed.

I've come to understand that any new technology or tool I wish to pursue must first be judged by its ability to reliably produce high-quality work. A new program may seem like the coolest thing you've ever seen, but if it isn't ready for daily production, you'll be in trouble. Read more »

:: CAD Manager's Toolbox

More Bring-Your-Own-Device Advice

As a companion piece to CAD Manager's Newsletter 320 and Newsletter 321, you may find this article from Megan Berry at IT Manager Daily useful.

Ms. Berry does a great job articulating the core parts of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, which she summarizes as:

  1. Acceptable Use
  2. Devices and Support
  3. Reimbursement
  4. Security
  5. Risks/Liabilities/Disclaimers

Read more »

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:: Events

The Big M
June 9–12, 2014
COBO Center, Detroit, Michigan
This manufacturing event organized by SME, is designed as a springboard for organizations and potential new partnerships in business. Read more »

NAFEMS UK Conference 2014
June 10–11, 2014
Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)
This two-day conference will focus on existing best practices and the state of the art in finite-element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and associated technologies. Read more »

PTC Live Global
June 15–18, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
PTC Live Global is PTC’s networking and training event for product development professionals using PTC solutions. Read more »

North American Revit Technology Conference
June 19–21, 2014
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Chicago
This fourth annual, three-day event will offer an opening plenary session and keynote address and multiple concurrent sessions. Read more »

ESRI International User Conference 2014
July 14–18, 2014
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California
This conference for GIS professionals promises five days of innovative best practices, inspirational tech demos, and hands-on learning. 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

Cadalyst Updates Systems Benchmark Test for AutoCAD 2015
Cadalyst has released an update of the Cadalyst Systems Benchmark, designed to test and compare the performance of systems running AutoCAD 2000–2015. Test files for C2015 are available free for download. Read more »

Solid Edge University 2014: Doing More by Doing Less
Siemens PLM Software unveils Solid Edge ST7, which pushes productivity by simplifying design reuse and executing many 3D modeling tasks more quickly than its predecessor. Read more »

Herrera on Hardware: How Fast Is It? Assess your Graphics Hardware
Although benchmark tests may be imperfect tools, they are a valuable source of performance data. Read more »

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