CAD Manager's Newsletter (#154)

12 Jul, 2006 By: Robert Green

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CAD Management Finances, Part 3

To convince management you’re right, it’s all in the numbers.

In the past two issues of CAD Manager’s Newsletter (click here for archives) I discussed how to approach the CAD management job from a financial angle. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first two installments of this series, please take the time to do so now because I’ll be building upon the concepts I presented in Parts 1 and 2.

In this installment I’ll focus on analyzing your cost-saving ideas from the perspective of presenting them to your management. Whether you like dealing with financial issues or not, the only way to get what your department needs is to make your management understand what you want and agree to fund it. It really is imperative that CAD managers take the time to understand these financial concepts. I can guarantee you that the most successful -- and well-paid -- CAD managers use these financial concepts every day. Read more >>

:: CAD Manager's Q&A

Should I quit my job?

Robert Green replies: I’m frequently approached by CAD managers who list a litany of complaints about their current job situation with the ultimate question being whether or not they should leave.

This question is hard to answer because we all have a variety of things we like and don’t like about our current jobs. Therefore, the answer I will give you is a list of guiding principles you can use to decide for yourself. Below are the factors that I would use to decide whether you’re in the right job or you should move on.Read more >>

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:: Events

Revit Test Drives
August 4 and 8, 2006
Various locations
Avatech Solutions is hosting events for architects and designers who use CAD software in their work to try Autodesk Revit Building v9 design and documentation system software.

NAFEMS World Congress 2007
May 22-25, 2007
Vancouver, Canada
NAFEMS World Congress 2007 will cover many aspects of the use of simulation in engineering and focus on how the appropriate deployment of simulation can lead to a further competitive advantage through helping to stimulate innovation.

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

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