Parallel to the productivity boost that their cobots make on the factory floor, Boricha notes that VIKASO has significantly improved its own efficiency when collaborating with its customers and suppliers on automation projects. He estimates that Onshape’s Sharing feature, which gives clients real-time access to the latest design changes, makes the communication process 60 to 70 percent faster.
“We give our customers a live link of our document and just tell them, ‘Keep an eye on it every week and you will keep seeing regular updates.’ And it's beautiful since we now don't have to email files back and forth,” Boricha says. “If everybody is not using the same CAD system, then you have to convert them to STEP files before attaching them to an email. If the files are too big, you can't send the attachment. You then have to ask them to send you the data exchange link, and then upload the design. So Onshape is easily 60 to 70 percent faster.”
“Onshape’s collaboration tools just streamline every stage of our development process,” he adds. “From getting a design in place, getting that design approved with our customers, getting it ready to be manufactured, and then getting it manufactured. That entire chain of events becomes much easier for us because we don't have to export individual documents.”
SaaS Platforms are Budget-Friendly for Startups
Back when VIKASO quadrupled its engineering team, adopting cloud-native Onshape resulted in an immediate 50 percent savings in hardware costs. Because Onshape runs on any computer or mobile device (iOS or Android), it was no longer necessary to purchase dedicated high-performance workstations solely to run CAD.
Given the company’s budget limitations as a startup, Boricha was seeking a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product design platform offering an annual subscription versus having to purchase expensive on-premise CAD licenses upfront.
“We just didn’t have an incredible amount of money laying around to buy more perpetual licenses. We first found Onshape when we were looking for a subscription model, and all the other added value – not having to manage servers or maintenance, securing and backing up our data – was the cherry on the cake,” he recalls. “A SaaS model gives us breathing room. The whole idea of buying perpetual licenses is not something we’d want to pursue at this stage of the company.”
“Even in the future, I would never choose a perpetual license because it does not give us any flexibility,” Boricha adds. “If there is a better technology that comes out two years from now, then what do we do? We’d be stuck with those licenses that we invested $20,000 to $50,000 in. Beyond the subscription model, Onshape is saving us money in other ways – such as in the time we save sharing information with our clients and just in the whole development process.”
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