According to Michelle Boucher’s research, in the past 5 years, most companies have switched to a new CAD system because of the functionality (39%) and the productivity (39%),followed by the ease of use (33%) and the price (26%). One thing unexpected is that the influence of user preference (22%) and the relationship with vendors (20%) has increased dramatically over these five years. After studying the reasons for switching CAD tools, ZWCAD± believes that 3 criteria could be summarized to help companies make the right decision.
1. Find CAD That Offers Unique Features to Increase Productivity
The main reason to switch CAD systems is that customers believe different CAD software would improve productivity and efficiency. A company seldom switches unless firstly, it may result in improved efficiency without costing more time in testing and retraining, and secondly, the existing CAD software can’t meet their increasingly complex needs.
So combining the two reasons above, the key is to find unique features that can improve productivity. One example is the SmartVoice in ZWCAD+. Users may find it more efficient to make vocal annotation rather than traditional revision clouds and texts, especially for onsite project review.
2. Choose Lightweight CAD That Improves Cost Effectiveness
Another big reason to switch is to save money. When planning to switch CAD software, companies should not only focus on the purchase price of the software, but consider whether there are too many seldom used features that drive up the price. For companies that seriously look into what exactly their design needs are and compare different CAD solutions, the budget can be dramatically reduced.
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