Every few years or so, I deal with the questions "why are you using Solid Edge and not Solid Works?". There are all kinds of reasons they ask but the most common is that "everyone uses Solid Works". usually the questions come from new employees that have used Solid Works at their previous job or from employees fresh out of school. Once in a while I get questions from Management but I can usually justify the use of Solid Edge thru casual conversation. This time is a little different. We have recently been thru a management change and I am hearing that they want to review Solid Edge; our use of it, how we are using it, and mostly why we are using it and not another software. Sigh.....
So, have any of you been thru something like this? I can explain my tail off as to the benefits of Solid Edge and how well it handles our large assemblies and sheetmetal parts etc., but I am guessing that they are looking for something more. And there is the fact, what to do with the rather large data set we have generated over the last 15 years. I understand we can still use it, but its not like it would be transparent.
I'm just looking for any feedback from anyone who might have been thru something like this.
Thanks in advance!
Not specifically with Solid Edge, but looking at:
The cost to change can easily reach over a million dollars if dealing with a sizable workforce. I would figure the cost per user to change to be a burdened labor cost of about $13,000 intially and then additional labor cost over time if you choose to convert existing models and recreate drawings.
#1. The support. If you have support payed current and you have a quesion, you can call GTAC and find out if your issues is user error/learning curve or a Bug in the program or no you cant do that.
#2. The sheet metal is way better than SW.
#3 If you dont do sheet metal, Sync is a great tool.
#4 SW is based on the same core software that Siemens owns.
The reasons to use SW:
More talent available, more worked out 3rd party software
I used to work on SW before I came into SE and I have to say, SE is better in 2D environment - closer to AutoCAD - better communication.
I am not using Syncronous at work ( lack of dims history ) - only Ordered ( still wondering why SE advertising Sync as a main feature ? Who's using Sync at work - maybe New product developments but in production ?).
Started doing Surfaces - I think it's better than SW.
Still suffering about lack of widely available official video trainings compare to SW.
In conclusion I better like SE.
And this Forum with its People - absolutely AMAZING.
I'm a free lance designer, so I'm forced to choose CAD tool on customer requests. Solid Edge is used by a lot of companies in my region (center-eastern Italy), due to the fact it arrived before other competitors, and due to the skill of its vendor in the end of '90s and beginning of the new century, so it is the natural choice for my use. CoCreate is widely used too, due to historical predominance of HP Me10 as 2d m-cad.
My other m-cad tools are CoCreate Modeling (now PTC Creo Direct/Modeling) and Solidworks. My percentage of use are CoCreate 85%, SE 15% and SWX 0%.
This preamble to say that sometimes the choice of a software is not due to the perfomance of the soft itself, and it is more a matter of environment and compliance with customers.
I'm a little bit "agnostic" about cad software, may be due to too many years on the field that leaded me to abandon every kind of advocacy: the good cad is the one that assure your income!
I did start a pretty basic cost breakdown. I do think that 75% reduction in productivity is accurate after looking at what we see with new employees who come from a SW enviroment. We currently have 24 floating licenses installed on 70 some workstations. So, as you are stating, the implementation of a new software would be a challenge and I don't believe we would be able to recover from that looking at our workload for the next three years.
Thanks for the feedback Ken. Very useful.