Rob Stevens, VP Sales and Marketing, GrabCAD
Product development is a team sport, but at most companies it isn't practiced that way. Companies should be drawing on the creativity of engaged customers and the ideas of outsiders, but instead engineers and designers operate in silos, cut off from the outside world. To change this, many companies are embracing "Open Engineering", a way of breaking down barriers and taking advantage of web-based communities, knowledge and tools to accelerate the design and manufacturing processes. Open Engineering relies on easy flows of information inside and outside an organization, increasing the quality and frequency of input from different groups and stakeholders. It is also helping a growing number of companies create better products faster than they ever imagined.