For its convenience and obvious collaborative features, Google Docs is the preferred word processing app in our office. But there’s no denying that Microsoft Word remains the dominant software for typing documents in the workplace or at home. 

With Word, Microsoft achieved a dream that every company wants when they first get started: They created a monopoly. Everybody has used Microsoft Word. And their Office suite of applications has been among the most profitable and widely adopted set of applications in the world.

Yet, Google Apps is now clearly taking significant market share away from Microsoft Word. Today, Google boasts well over 6 million paid businesses and institutions as part of its (120+ million) user base.

The reasons are that people can access it quickly, they can collaborate easily and it’s affordable – in most cases, free. To Microsoft’s credit, they’ve acknowledged that the world has changed and they’re aggressively trying to shift their enterprise from prepackaged software to Office 365, which is the cloud version of their Office suites. With Office 365, the company just did a 180.

Waking Up to the Cloud

The truth is that no matter how big and powerful you are, you cannot ignore the business maxim of “Change or Die.

Take a look at any of the major software providers in the world today. Go visit Oracle’s website, or go to SAP, IBM, Infor or other ERP-type companies. You’ll immediately notice that all of them have the cloud front and center.


Cloud Focused– A visit to any top enterprise software provider’s website will quickly show the business world’s migration to the cloud.

You’d expect to see cloud-heavy messaging from an Internet Age company like But I’m talking about traditional, old enterprise IT applications. All of them are pushing the cloud front and center.

It’s no mystery why all major software companies are moving to the cloud. It’s because their customers keep telling them that they are tired of spending time, money and energy to install, maintain and support enterprise IT systems.

They just want to let their users log in and use the applications – without the hassles of purchasing servers, installing the servers in the data center, provisioning the servers, providing network access for those servers, maintaining them, making sure they have the right patches for the operating system, and getting the right service updates. Never mind the additional hassles of moving licenses around, allowing files to be shared securely, and syncing with mobile devices.  (Just reading that to-do list is exhausting!)

CAD is Last to Embrace the Cloud

As the giants of other industries are becoming more nimble, our own industry seems to be lagging behind. Many question whether the cloud will have a place in engineering. The CAD industry is one of the last major application sectors to embrace the cloud.

You may notice that some CAD players are starting to talk about the cloud and some are taking small steps toward a “cloud like” business model. For example, they are augmenting their pricing by offering renting or leasing models. This is good news for users, but it does not go far enough.

None of the major CAD companies today are offering a true cloud-based solution, nor are they offering a true full-citizen mobile solution. Furthermore, no vendor will allow you to pay for CAD software on a monthly basis – and give you the flexibility to access it anywhere, anytime on any device.

At Onshape, we believe that CAD users deserve to have all the benefits of the cloud/mobile revolution, that's why we started from the ground up.

Now it’s your turn: Try Onshape!