So your Company designs and makes stuff and they’re doing alright but you can always be doing better, costs are rising and the competition isn’t going away.
So you’re working the business plan and wondering how does your technology align with this plan?
For many companies, sales use a text based quoting system such as a CRM, Finance have their own accounting system and Marketing use graphic design tools from Adobe.
Designers and Engineers are on CAD systems producing drawings from 2D designs/3D models and when the orders come in or the project is won, it needs to be built, so Production/Construction teams (depending on industry) need to turn the drawings into reality and so the lifecycle begins.
When businesses grow or resources become strained, bottlenecks become apparent and productivity decreases, so the most common solution is to hire more people, which can solve some problems, however, it also creates other problems.
You’ve now got for example a $50-$150,000 annual overhead that needs be trained, given resources to do their job and it increases your physical office footprint and energy requirements. Not so much a big deal for 1 new employee, but years later when you’ve added many more, it all stacks up.
In some cases adding more people doesn’t fix the problem, it accentuates it. Instead of having say, 5 people using disconnected, manually intensive technology, you now have 100.
For companies that use CAD, many neglect that the CAD system is just another database that so happens to be a design and documentation system to create your I.P.
By not treating this system as a database and failing to connect it to other systems and departments creates a bottleneck.
Your other databases/systems should connect to it because It’s rich with the meta data information and 2D/3D design data; geometry, equations, engineering and visual that can be used in departments upstream and downstream.
When a business does this, they eliminate bottlenecks between departments that can leverage on design data. They become more efficient by not only connecting teams but giving them information in real-time, creating cyclical workflows and increases revenue by empowering Sales and Marketing teams.
So back to that business plan and technology roadmap. How does it align? You may want to increase market share and profits, improve production output or eliminate a bottleneck in a department or resource.
Redstack specialise in design data and understand your workflows, challenges and goals, so if your company leverages on design data like CAD models and drawings, talk to us about your Technology Roadmap to see what’s possible.
Contact Damien Jovica from Redstack on 1300 667 263, 0400 732 928 or at firstname.lastname@example.org