Gartner Research

Best Practices to Create and Manage a CAD Strategy

Published: 24 March 2010

ID: G00175155

Analyst(s): Marc Halpern


Manufacturers use computer-aided design software to create and share vital content about products, production, plants and facilities. The 10 practices discussed here can continuously accelerate productivity, because neglecting them could add substantial expense to deliver and service products.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Strategic Priorities
    • Maintain the number of CAD systems to the minimum that is practical, but no less.
    • Consider the needs of partners, suppliers and customers when defining a CAD strategy.
    • Prioritize design data management software to support product development workflow and design content searches.
    • Uncover and manage implicit IP embedded in CAD.
    • Proactively invest in a long-term CAD archiving strategy.
  • To Improve Governance
    • Create a group responsible for CAD strategy and governance to collect issues, challenges, opportunities and feedback from the user community, and share best practices.
    • Continuously cultivate standardized approaches to construct CAD models for each major CAD system deployed.
    • Monitor the viability of the CAD vendors selected.
  • To Enhance Productivity
    • Characterize the most common and well-understood CAD model building processes and activities, and automate them.
    • Consider the accessibility of trained users and external consulting groups when selecting CAD software.
  • Adopting the Best Practices — Risk vs. Opportunity

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