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3 Ways CAD Support Boosts Productivity & More

Hagerman & Company
3 Ways CAD Support Boosts Productivity & More

In the world of design and engineering, advanced CAD software has transformed how professionals work, offering unmatched precision and speed in bringing ideas to life. However, the full potential of these sophisticated tools can only be realized when technical disruptions are swiftly managed. Without expert support, organizations risk not only productivity but also significant financial losses – research indicates that technical issues cost companies an average of $4,072 annually per person.

Given these significant financial implications, reliable CAD support is especially crucial for leaders tasked with overseeing CAD operations. Effective support not only mitigates the costs associated with technical setbacks but also ensures that your team remains productive and timelines are met.

For managers, this means not just safeguarding the bottom line but also empowering your CAD professionals to focus on their core competencies without disruption. With access to expert support, you can maintain a smooth operational flow, optimize the performance of your CAD tools, and uphold the strategic direction of your projects.

In this article, we explore why robust CAD support is indispensable for your team, detailing how a centralized support system can significantly enhance both the productivity and efficiency of your operations, ensuring that your investment in CAD technology continuously yields returns.

Immediate Professional Support Minimizes Workflow Disruptions

Unexpected technical glitches can halt your team's progress and disrupt well-established workflows. Ensuring these issues are resolved quickly is critical to maintaining project momentum and avoiding costly downtime. Immediate support becomes essential, allowing your teams to address and overcome these obstacles without significant disruption and keeping projects on schedule and under budget.

The question is who should professionals reach out to for support. Internal IT support teams might lack the specialized CAD experience necessary to provide in-depth guidance. Meanwhile, CAD software providers’ support teams aren’t always readily available.

“A common scenario in many companies is that the end user is not the person who set up their CAD environment. Often, the individual responsible for the initial setup is approached for help, even though they are not intended or equipped to provide ongoing support. This approach is inefficient and can lead to prolonged issues.”

- Tad Whitchurch, Director CAD/CAM Training and Support, Hagerman

Dedicated CAD support bridges this gap with several key benefits:

  • Rapid Support: Immediate professional support quickly addresses and resolves technical issues, keeping projects on track and minimizing workflow disruptions.

  • Reduced Dependency on Non-Specialist Staff: By relying on dedicated CAD support, non-specialist employees are freed from troubleshooting duties. They can focus on mastering and employing engineering principles.

  • Expert Application of Updates and Patches: Professional support ensures that software updates and patches are applied correctly to prevent future complications. For instance, when a new Autodesk update is released, support can determine its relevance and implement it appropriately to solve key problems.

Let’s say Autodesk releases a new software update. The end user might be unaware that a new version that solves a key problem is available. In all likelihood, they can’t wait around for online updates. The best approach is to work with dedicated CAD support teams who can help determine the specific applications of these new releases and see if they’re relevant to their operations.

Enhanced Team Productivity and Efficiency

CAD service providers offer technical support for their products, but dedicated CAD support staff can customize plans to suit your specific needs. They focus on your organization’s requirements and address challenges unique to your CAD environment.

Dedicated support also frees up internal resources. Instead of spending valuable time troubleshooting issues, your CAD professionals and internal IT staff can focus on other daily responsibilities, which not only improves productivity but also allows for more innovation and creativity within the team.

Consider a CAD engineer struggling with a sheet metal file that won’t unfold. With their permission, technical support can access the affected file and debug it offline, allowing the designer to continue working on other areas of the project while the issue is resolved. Additionally, support can remote into the end user’s computer to debug the problem together in real-time, ensuring a quick and effective solution.

You can apply this level of support to your entire organization. Whether you need more efficient engineering documentation or troubleshooting specific to CAD tools, dedicated support should help.

Strategic Value through Resource Optimization

CAD support contracts offer a cost-effective solution compared to other emergency services. By establishing a set structure, companies can avoid unexpected fees, enabling predictable budgeting and financial planning. On the contrary, ad hoc support might add up on expenses depending on how frequently assistance is needed.

Also, ad hoc services aren’t 100% reliable. Since they are not bound to you by contract, they are not obligated to carve out time for urgent requests. Alternatively, dedicated CAD support staff can negotiate specific hours of availability for your team, ensuring timely assistance when needed.

Resource Optimization and Allocation

Partnering with dedicated CAD support means working with experts who understand the specific challenges of your industry. This understanding ensures that your CAD systems are optimized for your business needs, leading to improved productivity and strategic resource utilization.

For instance, CAD support services aid decision-making by providing directors with detailed reports on support frequency. Let’s say one out of ten users often contacts support; this might indicate a need for additional training for that individual. These insights help allocate resources effectively and identify areas where further support or training might be necessary.

A common scenario is when a CAD user regularly faces issues and needs frequent assistance. They might have expert-level knowledge of engineering principles, but without CAD skills, they’ll have trouble materializing their ideas.

Enhancing Productivity with CAD Support: Why Hagerman is Your Best Choice

Integrating dedicated CAD support into PDM, AEC, energy and utilities, and IT operations could help reduce downtime, optimize resource utilization, and boost overall productivity. Centralized support ensures that your team receives consistent, expert guidance throughout the workweek. Leave the technical side of CAD software management to the pros so your professionals can focus on their core responsibilities.

For reliable, reputable CAD support, consult the professionals at Hagerman. We’ve been an Autodesk partner since 1984. Our team can provide you with the expertise needed to utilize modern CAD systems, move away from legacy systems efficiently, and drive your organization forward. Learn more about the Hagerman Support Desk.