Longview Advisors Publishes 2008 Collaboration and Interoperability Market Report

3 Nov, 2008

Free report provides an in-depth look at best practices.

Longview Advisors, a deployment consultation provider, announced the release of its 2008 Collaboration and Interoperability Market Report. The report includes results and analysis from Longview's fourth annual Collaboration and Interoperability best-practices survey, along with articles on related industry topics.

The free, annual publication compiles results from the company's survey, containing responses from 538 manufacturing professionals on the subjects of data exchange practices, preferred platforms and formats, 3D data handling and deployment processes, tool requirements matching, and CAD translation effectiveness.

For the first time this year, the report also includes a collection of invited papers examining the latest trends, issues, and technologies in collaboration and interoperability. Many of the papers are from speakers at the Collaboration and Interoperability Conference.

"One of the most revealing facts uncovered in our survey is that 61% of respondents report that their typical engineer spends between three and ten hours each week repairing CAD data they receive from others," said David Prawel, CEO of Longview Advisors. "To make matters worse, only 33% of respondents report using data translation software tools to aid in this problem, despite the fact that 45% of respondents claim their data translation tools work perfectly well, automatically, better than 75% of the time. Clearly, engineers are fixing data problems manually, instead of engineering better products. Managers really need to start looking at the incredible waste this represents, especially in light of all those lean initiatives out there, and invest in software tools to do the job."