A Leadership Perspective: How DraftSight 2D CAD Offers a Superior Design Solution

Today’s competitive business markets find executives tasked with achieving more, in less time, with fewer resources, while also minimizing the impact of increased costs. Across all industries and sectors, leaders are looking for new ways to be innovative without incurring unnecessary risk.

CAD is the foundation of your design and engineering workflows. As a leader, you want to maximize the benefits of your CAD solution and get the most out of your investment, while also advancing productivity and innovation.

Successful organizations find ways to leverage CAD to support flawless execution. Leadership plays a critical role in reexamining processes, tools, and sources of friction. You also want to consider how your needs for CAD may evolve in the future. Understanding your current gaps and projected future needs prepares you to evaluate the necessary changes to support continued growth.

Assess the Gap

The first step is understanding where you currently have friction in your design and development workflows. What activities drag your momentum? Critical questions may include:

  •          What challenges are you experiencing with your current software and tools?
  •          Are you getting the best ROI for your software investment? Where can you save?
  •          What processes are monopolizing your teams’ valuable time?
  •          What changes can you make to improve your margins?
  •          What organizational activities prevent your best designers and engineers from innovating?
  •          What tools and solutions are needed to support the team?
  •          Do the right team members have access to the necessary tools and software?

Once you’ve identified your current gaps, take the time to understand why they exist and how your business will be adversely affected if they aren’t resolved.

If you’re experiencing friction with your legacy 2D CAD relationship, you can evaluate the pain of staying or seek a better opportunity. Take the time to really map out your CAD requirements, licensing preferences, and current costs so you can determine if another CAD solution may better support your business.

Gather Criteria

Change is one of the most important processes for effective leaders to manage. The more information you can gather about your organization’s criteria and business needs, the better your decisions about potential tools and solutions will be. Important questions may include:

  •          What resources would help your organization design faster?
  •          What innovative technologies could be beneficial for your organization?
  •          What low-value activities have the potential to be automated?
  •          Do you need 2D CAD or 2D and 3D CAD?
  •          Would you benefit from network licenses?
  •          Do you need to improve data management?
  •          Would your organization benefit from operational tools beyond drafting?
  •          What would support collaboration and communication?
  •          What are the costs and risks associated with potential changes?

Stakeholder Input

Changes to your design software directly affect your designers and engineers but will also impact your entire organization so it’s important to get their input. By involving stakeholders in the evaluation and decision-making process, you’ll ensure that functional needs are well thought out and understood.

Your design team can download DraftSight’s Free-30-day trial to put DraftSight through its paces. When your team is confident that DraftSight has everything they need to get jobs done efficiently, you’ll have a leg up for end-user buy-in for the software transition.

Establish Solution Goals

Agreement on what is negatively affecting productivity comes easily. It can be harder to get alignment on how to optimize for the future. Start with agreement on overall organizational goals.

Goals will vary by organization, but could look like:

  •          Improved ROI
  •          Improved productivity
  •          Expanded team access to CAD
  •          Support for  greater innovation
  •          Future scalability

Use your organizational goals as a filter for evaluating your CAD solution. Using the sample goals, we can take a closer look at DraftSight.

Improve ROI

We can all agree on the importance of getting as much out of your IT investments as possible. With DraftSight, you have several opportunities to use your resources efficiently and redirect savings towards activities and technologies that will drive your organization forward, while also covering your 2D CAD requirements. Compare pricing and license options with comparable CAD products. DraftSight helps increase ROI without sacrificing quality or productivity. What else could you do if you were able to free up some of your IT budget?

Improve productivity

One of the biggest requirements in considering a new CAD product is maintaining and even improving your current workflows. DraftSight makes it easy to create, edit, view and mark up any DWG file with speed and efficiency. With DraftSight’s familiar user interface and common commands, your team will be acclimated in hours, not days. Your team will also gain some time with DraftSight’s productivity features and automations.

Expand team access to CAD

DraftSight also helps expand team access to CAD as you’ll be able to purchase more 2D seats with lighter hardware requirements. DraftSight also offers a choice of network licenses. This contrasts with other CAD providers that have discontinued network licenses. For big companies that have casual users, network licenses can make a huge difference in extending team access to CAD without overspending on unused seats.

Support innovation

For every organization, critical resources are finite. Whether it is the time of your top talent, or your IT budget you want to invest strategically to achieve the best results. This means supporting your team with productivity tools and automations, getting more out of your IT budget, and leveraging new organizational capabilities (3DEXPERIENCE platform) to improve collaboration, speed up decision-making, and reduce critical errors. When we find pockets of time, or savings, they can be redirected towards activities to support innovation and future growth.

Scalable for the future

You’ll also find that DraftSight is scalable and ready for the future. Whether you are looking to expand access with network licenses or connect your preferred 2D CAD solution to the cloud for access to innovative design and data management capabilities.

3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight is part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio of cloud solutions, bringing all your key stakeholders together on a single collaborative platform. Once you connect to the platform, you are connected to multiple, purpose-built solutions. 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight enables designers to leverage real-time design data throughout the enterprise, allowing key stakeholders to give feedback throughout the product development phase with all the design data stored securely in the cloud.

What Can DraftSight Do to Support Your Business?

DraftSight supports the needs of growth-oriented organizations and has options to scale with your business. DraftSight has become one of the top five 2D CAD products by seat count and has been trusted by thousands of clients worldwide. DraftSight has been on the market for over ten years under SOLIDWORKS, a world leader in design and engineering software and has comparable, if not greater capabilities than alternative 2D CAD products with the professional tools, functionality, and DWG file compatibility you need with options for network licensing, and cloud connectivity with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Visit DraftSight.com and contact us to request a personalized demo for your organization.

Proven DWG-file-based CAD at the best value on the market. DraftSight, brought to you by Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, has been trusted by millions of users worldwide. DraftSight provides a familiar, intuitive 2D drafting experience with options for advanced productivity tools, 3D design capabilities, parametric constraints, and flexible licensing options including perpetual licenses and network licenses for organizations with multiple users or sites. DraftSight’s command and file compatibility and support for legacy drawings and data like Dynamic Blocks facilitate a quick transition from AutoCAD with a minimal learning curve. Visit DraftSight.com to learn more.