CAD Manager's Newsletter (#152)

7 Jun, 2006 By: Robert Green

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CAD Management Finances, Part 1

These tips will help you get the equipment your department needs to get the job done

In the past two issues of CAD Manager's Newsletter (click here for archives), I examined some business, economic and technology trends that affect CAD managers' working environments. In this installment I begin a new series on how you can tap current trends to turn your CAD management job into a savings-generating tool that can increase your company's productivity and work throughput.

The recommendations I make are based on 15 years of independent business experience and good, old-fashioned trial and error. Here goes.

You Can't Sell, But You Sure Can Save

I've spoken with many CAD managers who are frustrated by their inability to get the big-budget items they've been requesting, such as plotters, major software upgrades and so forth. When I ask these managers how they've approached their management with budget requests, it quickly becomes clear that CAD managers are asking for new purchases in the technical terms they're familiar with rather than persuading upper management with sales-type terms. Let me clarify. Read more >>

:: CAD Manager's Q&A

How can I do my job in a way that's most conducive to getting a promotion and raise? And if I can't get a promotion, how can I still get a raise?

Robert Green responds: Great questions! In fact, the answers to these questions will form the basis for a much more detailed explanation during the next few issues of CAD Manager's Newsletter, so be sure to read them!

Here's the short answer: Show your management that you save them more money doing CAD management than you cost them in salary! I'll share some tips you can use to start saving and getting on the promotion/raise track.Read more >>

Submit your questions to Robert Green

:: Resource

Productivity-Boosting Utilities for AutoCAD: Reader Danny B. Seymour writes to tell CAD managers about one of his favorite resources. Cadlantic develops productivity-boosting AutoCAD utilities. "They are the most dynamic and very useful (and cheap!)" he says. The company also writes custom AutoCAD utilities, and its Web site includes a Freebies area offering a collection of AutoLISP and Visual LISP routines. Thanks for the tip, Danny -- your new Cadalyst t-shirt is on its way!

Send us the address of your favorite Web site or other resource and a few words about why you like it. If we publish it, we'll send you a Cadalyst t-shirt!

:: Events

Accelerate Your Ideas 2007 -- Building Solutions
June 27, 2006 (Santa Rosa, California)
June 28, 2006 (Reno, Nevada)
June 29, 2006 (Walnut Creek, California)
Ideate will give a presentation about the benefits of BIM (building information modeling) and successful project workflow highlighting the latest from the Autodesk Revit software family. Read more

Accelerate Your Ideas 2007 -- Infrastructure Solutions
June 27, 2006 (Santa Rosa, California)
June 28, 2006 (Reno, Nevada)
June 29, 2006 (Walnut Creek, California)
This forum will take a close look at how innovation in technology and the newest applications from Autodesk can help government and private organizations. Read more

Women in Technology International: Taking the Lead in the Digital Age
July 9-11, 2006
Las Vegas, Nevada
This conference from Women in Technology International is designed for professionals who want to connect to others, update business and technical skills, and expand their professional network. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here.

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  • First Look Review: XL2CAD: Highly recommended tool from DotSoft saves time by automatically converting Excel data into AutoCAD entities
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