Attention CAD Managers!
Don't forget to participate in my 2006
CAD Manager survey. As always, you have my assurance that your data
will not be shared with anyone and your personal identity will not be disclosed.
In the November issue of Cadalyst magazine, I will share the survey
results and report on the state of the CAD management environment.
Keep in mind what you've learned from this series
when you are confronted with the issue of outsourcing.
In the previous four issues of CAD Manager's Newsletter I
broadly covered the overall topic of outsourcing. If you haven't had
a chance to read the prior installments, I recommend that you do so (click
here for archives) to understand how the topic has evolved.
I continue to marvel at the range of responses and
emotions that this series of newsletters has evoked. What's clear to
me is that everybody has a strong opinion on the topic, and most readers
view outsourcing as a threat to their careers. In this installment I'll
wrap up the series by presenting some of the hidden costs of outsourcing
that most companies tend to overlook.
Hidden Outsourcing Costs
Very often companies concentrate on what they perceive to be lower labor
costs without detecting the hidden costs associated with outsourcing.
Missing these hidden costs makes outsourcing seem artificially cheap.
And, of course, the hidden costs will become obvious at some point
-- typically when it is too late and the mistake has been made.
So what are some of the other hidden outsourcing costs
that you should be aware of when analyzing outsourcing scenarios? Here's
a list of the more common ones I've identified, along with some background
information. Although this list certainly isn't comprehensive, it will
lay a good foundation for the conversation on hidden costs. Read
Is my company the only one that isn't using
3D design, or are there a lot more CAD managers in the same 2D boat
that I'm in?
Robert Green replies: Good
question! I see a lot of companies out there that are still primarily
using 2D AutoCAD and Microstation. The industry hype may all be 3D, but
the reality is that 2D is still alive and well and much more common that
you might think. Read
Submit your questions to Robert Green firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IBM Information on Demand 2006
October 15-20, 2006
This information management event is designed for business and IT executives,
managers, professionals, DBAs and developers. Both a 2.5-day business
leadership track (with 180 sessions) and a 4.5-day technical track (with
650 sessions) are available. Read
Webinar: Autodesk Inventor
October 17, 2006
Attendees to this complimentary one-hour Webcast will learn how Inventor
can boost performance. The webinar will also include a demonstration
of Inventor in action and tips for users. Read
Adobe Acrobat PDF Central Conference
November 6-9, 2006
Council Bluffs, Iowa
This conference comprises both a main conference -- including more than
24 sessions presented by Adobe representatives and other industry experts – and
a "mini-conference" for those new to PDF or still investigating
PDF possibilities. Read
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