As the founder of SolidWorks, people often ask me, “What was it like in the early days, what was it like when you were first getting started?” I always answer the same way.
Virgin Atlantic recently became the 25th airline to add a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet, naming the plane “Birthday Girl” as it coincided with Virgin’s 30th anniversary. On its website, the airline celebrates the wide-bodied long-range aircraft’s unique design features, including: more headroom (higher ceilings and overhead luggage bins), more legroom, a “comfier recline,” 21% more fuel efficiency, bigger windows and “infinity mood lighting.”
I’d like to share a not-so-fond memory that perhaps may resonate with your own experience. As a software development manager at one of my prior companies, I heavily relied on a desktop issue-tracking application to clean up my projects. In the user interface, there was a delete button for the issue that I was working on, and right next to it, there was a similar-looking delete button for the entire project.
If you depend on computers for your livelihood, there’s nothing more annoying than those warning messages that pop up like mushrooms whenever you upgrade a software product.
I’ve heard these types of questions and concerns since I started developing software for cloud deployment in 2008. They arise out of very valid concerns about what the cloud really is. The marketing hype from companies selling cloud products certainly doesn’t help clarify things.
How many people are on your design team? Are they all in the same office or are they spread around the country or even around the world?
With the exception of occasionally using Google Docs and Google Drive, most of my work has always been done on my local machine. Not until I started using Onshape, did I realize the benefits of a full-cloud work environment. Of course, there is a learning curve with anything new, but once you make the switch I bet you’ll never go back. Here are seven frustrating questions that will disappear into the clouds once you start working with Onshape.
Onshape’s full-cloud CAD is the perfect platform to allow designers to work as a team. Organizations like the Open Space Agency, Poppy and Local Motors have already started crowdsourcing their designs with Onshape because it is the only cloud system that gives people access to not only project data, but the professional CAD tools needed to help improve designs.
Imagine you have the option of using a new email system. It’s fast, it’s state-of-the-art, shiny and chrome – and it practically writes the emails for you. Seems perfect, right? But there’s a catch: You have to download and install a massive application and you can only use it on one computer. Still want to use that email program?