Businesses need more speed and innovation in product design

Product Design Speed Is A Top Priority

“Every year for the past 5 years, time has been the #1 pressure identified by surveyed companies looking to develop more successful products…”

Source: Aberdeen Group

Innovation Also A Top Priority

“79% of companies said innovation is the #1, 2, or 3 priority at their company.”

Source: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) 2015 Survey

Lack of collaboration a key obstacle

“Top product design obstacles are:

  1. Lack of collaboration
  2. Disconnected process
  3. Change management"

Source: Aberdeen Group

“Cloud-based CAD solutions have capabilities that are well-suited towards the Agile approach. Their functionalities of real-time work in progress, collaboration among geographically distributed teams, rapid provisioning and de-provisioning of members, and lower overall capital expenditure make cloud CAD an obvious choice in (product) development."

Source: Tracy Woo, Research Analyst (Manufacturing), Aberdeen Group

Cloud-based CAD users are:
  1. 2X more likely to have real-time visibility into the status of all design processes and data
  2. 43% more likely to share and integrate data across departments
  3. 48% more likely to have the ability to quickly change business solutions to react to business changes
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Businesses are moving to an
Agile Design Process for product design

  • Traditional Design Process
  • Serial processes, checkout, locking
  • Time constants of weeks, months, years
  • Gantt Charts
  • Emails, faxes, printouts, meetings
  • Work at desks, fixed team, fixed location
  • Design data siloed to hard-core engineers
  • Innovation requires working around process and tools
  • Management receives out-of-date monthly reports
  • Agile Design Process
  • Parallel processes, concurrent work, collaboration
  • Time constants of minutes, hours, days
  • Scrum and agile project boards
  • Text messages, video calls, Slack
  • Work anywhere, fluid team, global, mobile
  • Design data continuously available to multi-disciplinary team
  • Innovation is accelerated by process and tools
  • Management has continuous access to real-time analytics

Agile and Cloud Revolutionizing Other Disciplines
Why not product design?

Agile in the news

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How Manufacturing Can Learn From Software To Become Agile

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Why Agile Engineering is the Future of Product Design

Traditional CAD and PDM work against the Agile process

Traditional Cad impedes agility
Collaboration inside Onshape

Hard to Deploy to Agile Team

  1. Downloads, installs, updates, service packs
  2. Expensive license codes and servers
  3. Is everyone on the same CAD software version?

File Copies Force Non-Agile Workflow

  1. Where's the latest version?
  2. Are you overwriting some else's work?
  3. Someone else overwriting your work?
  4. Checkout and locking hassles
  5. Slows teams down
  6. Discourages innovative experiments

Agile design requires a new generation of CAD

Onshape: Full-Cloud Database CAD

  1. Unique full-cloud database architecture
  2. CAD system is now a CAD database that lives in one place in the cloud
  3. No downloads, no installs
  4. No files, no copies
Full-cloud CAD is perfect for Agile.

It starts with enterprise-grade 3D CAD

  • check Parts
  • check Assemblies
  • check Drawings
  • check Documents (supports multidisciplinary data)
  • check Powerful apps (simulation, CAM, rendering, utilities)
  • check Custom parametrics (FeatureScript)

Three CAD requirements for Agile:

1. Real-time Deployment

2. Real-time Data Management

3. Real-time Analytics and Controls

Real-time Deployment

Instantly deploy CAD and Data Management

  1. To all members of Agile Team
  2. The moment they join the team
  3. To all their devices: PCs, Phones and Tablets
  4. Anywhere in the world

Instantly deploy upgrades

  1. All members instantly on the latest version
  2. Zero upgrade issues or downtime

Instantly de-provision when members leave the team

  1. Instantly remove all access to CAD and data management data and software
  2. No lingering "offline" copies

Real-time Data Management

Unique real-time global single source of truth

  1. When anyone, anywhere makes an edit...
  2. ...everyone, everywhere can instantly see it

Lock-free simultaneous edit access

  1. Easy collaboration even if teams are in many locations
  2. No worries about overwriting each other's work

Fast-moving Agile Teams work in parallel with no worries about conflicts, locking, or overwrites

Traditional CAD: Serial

  1. Waiting until others finish work
  2. Worrying where's the latest version
  3. Worrying about overwriting each other's changes
  4. Extra PDM work: checkout, copy, copy again, check in, syncing, notifying
  5. Serial workflow
  6. Slower

Onshape: Agile, Parallel

  1. No waiting. Anyone can work on anything
  2. No worrying. Impossible to overwrite each other's changes
  3. No extra PDM work. No check-outs, copies, check-ins needed
  4. Parallel workflow
  5. Faster

Real-time Analytics and Controls

With Onshape, you get real-time access on any of their devices to comprehensive up-to-the-millisecond data about your product design process, right down to the granularity of a dimension change or rounded edge. It’s the information and controls you need to make real-time decisions in fast-moving agile design processes.

With Onshape, you get:

  1. Fine-grained control over policies governing document ownership, sharing, and system access
  2. Deep analytics on user and document access
  3. Instant insights into project status and team velocity
  4. Advanced user activity analytics enable organizations to track progress, provide oversight and ensure compliance

“Executives or Managers have never been able to get a real time 3D view of the full product assembly on their laptops (Ex - Android, IOS or Windows tablets) for them to monitor engineering, design and manufacturing progress while on the go or in project meetings.

Thus, they have to wait weeks for someone to supply a report which is already out of date by the time it is delivered.

This results in a lot of guess work in estimating product release schedules, making budgetary decisions, estimating resource allocation and forecasting leading to large variances on corporate profits.”

Source: CAD/PLM Blog by Tarun Tejpal

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