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1 © 2012 Autodesk Analyzing CAD Spending Trevor Scullion & Dan Gerlach Partners: AutomationForce Inc.

2 © 2012 Autodesk Class Summary Assessing your current CAD investments and deciding on where to focus future efforts is becoming increasingly complex. This class will show you how to:  Identify data collection targets  Extract meaning from the captured data  Generate reports  Gauge effectiveness of training, hardware, standardization and automation. With better data, you can make better decisions!

3 © 2012 Autodesk Learning Objectives At the end of this class, you will be able to:  Analyze your CAD hardware use  Analyze your CAD software usage  Analyze your CAD users efficiency  Create a Payback period and an ROI for funding

4 © 2012 Autodesk Time IS money “Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can't afford to lose”. - Thomas Edison ”We must use time as a tool, not as a couch”. - John F. Kennedy

5 © 2012 Autodesk But where does it all go?  License under-utilization  The average company only utilises roughly 80-90% of its licenses on a daily basis  Inefficient Training  Today, only 4 out of 10 companies set aside money for training their employees, compared to 8 out of 10 in 2007  As a result, many CAD managers are spending unbudgeted time on support and training, on average 12 hours a week responding to "How do I do this...?" questions  More software packages in use  A typical company now uses 3.5 software packages to produce documentation

6 © 2012 Autodesk But where does it all go?, continued  More complex software packages  3D systems are becoming more complex leading to a wider "Technology Gap”  Tough to get good outside support help  9 out of 10 companies now pay for support subscriptions every year, yet the average CAD Manager will use this subscription as a first step less than 10% of the time.  Mostly because the average time for satisfactorily closing a call stands at 39.3 hours or almost 5 working days. Bottom Line is: We must be able to assess and address our CAD needs ourselves.

7 © 2012 Autodesk What should we measure? The resources needed to complete a task or project related to CAD. Otherwise known in business jargon as “Bandwidth”

8 © 2012 Autodesk It’s ALWAYS a “Bandwidth” issue  As a team, we’ve learned to measure the performance of CAD groups by these three distinct bandwidth channels:  Hardware bandwidth  Can the machines keep up with the software and user speed  Software bandwidth  Is the software setup to take advantage of hardware and user skills  User bandwidth  Are the users leveraging hardware and software to the maximum capacity

9 © 2012 Autodesk Hardware Bandwidth The ability of the computer to keep a 3D model up-to-date as we add complexity. Part features, unique assembly parts and drawing view details add to the effort placed on the hardware.

10 © 2012 Autodesk Hardware Specs  How to compare hardware  What to measure  Tools for the job

11 © 2012 Autodesk Characterizing Current Hardware  Graphics Hardware  Graphics Memory, Resolution, Refresh Rates, etc.  System Hardware  Processor Type, Cache, RAM, Disk info, Core(s), etc.  Software Configuration  OS, OpenGL info, Graphics Drivers, etc.  Price, Availability, etc.

12 © 2012 Autodesk Comparing Hardware with SPEC* benchmarks  SPEC Apps  Benchmarks are published  Non Profit Organization  Memberships available  Open Source *(SPEC) Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation

13 © 2012 Autodesk Measuring  Use SPEC Composite Values  Use Workbook Tool  Share

14 © 2012 Autodesk Measure Hardware….. - Rinse and Repeat  With your hardware analysis in hand, you can begin to adjust settings and configurations. Then re-measure to ensure you’re making the best use of your hardware. Repeat as necessary.  Optimum drivers and settings  Optimum service packs and settings  Overall CAD setup including  Best use of Levels-of-Detail  Constraint management  Symbols for standard details

15 © 2012 Autodesk Software Bandwidth Measuring the level at which the software is taking advantage of the hardware and user skills

16 © 2012 Autodesk Comparing Software  Comparing versions, sometimes new versions are better!  Looking for CAD Apps  Measuring true usage  Tools for the job

17 © 2012 Autodesk Software - What to Measure  Where time is spent  Features in use  Possible Add-ons  Possible Automation

18 © 2012 Autodesk Software – Tools  Inventor API  Enterprise tools  Cloud-based solutions

19 © 2012 Autodesk User Bandwidth

20 © 2012 Autodesk Evaluating Users  Measure each member of your group  Run assessments  Run a Benchmark design  Tools for Comparison

21 © 2012 Autodesk User Assessment Tools  The Workbook  Online Tools  Online Tests

22 © 2012 Autodesk Budgets – How to win Budgets

23 © 2012 Autodesk Budgets – Make it about business not IT  Payback and ROI built on key performance indicators or KPI  Using the Workbook  Tools for the task

24 © 2012 Autodesk Budgets – Select your KPI*  Improve design efficiency by X%  Increase project throughput by X%  Improve user productivity by X%  Reduce field errors by X% Must be clearly measurable for folks outside CAD *Key Performance Indicators (KPI) *Key Performance Indicator

25 © 2012 Autodesk Budgets – Return On Investment  The ROI calculation measures the ongoing return on an investment — typically on an annualized basis.  ROI % = (Return - Cost of investment) x 100 Cost of investment

26 © 2012 Autodesk Budgets – CAD Return On Investment  Our workbook calculations

27 © 2012 Autodesk Budgets - Payback Period The payback period determines how quickly the investment cost will be fully recovered.  Payback Period = Cost of Project / Annual Cash Inflows Our CAD Calculation  Payback Period in Years = Total CAD Spend / (Annual CAD Design Engineer Loaded Salary * Productivity Gain)

28 © 2012 Autodesk Budgets – Make it about business, not technology Historically CAD budgets go to:  Upkeep: Ongoing costs/ subscriptions  Software Upgrades  Additional Software Modules or add-ons  Training  Hardware But none of these talk about KPI’s, you need to use a methodology that will help you build a solid case that you can present to the business

29 © 2012 Autodesk Demonstration of the Workbook

30 © 2012 Autodesk Summary  Using the right analysis tools can make a CAD managers life easier  Hardware analysis  Use tools like SPEC or Zoeked  Software analysis  Use scripts or other tools to get a snapshot of your current software usage  Run an internal benchmarks  User analysis  Benchmark, assess and/or test users  Choose KPI’s  Select Key Performance Indicators  Allocate your CAD budget to maximize your ROI and Payback based on measurable KPI’s

31 © 2012 Autodesk Thank you Get the workbook:

32 © 2012 Autodesk Autodesk, AutoCAD* [*if/when mentioned in the pertinent material, followed by an alphabetical list of all other trademarks mentioned in the material] are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document. © 2012 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.


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