How Do You Know if You’re Ready for a Change?

Do you ever wonder if Autodesk still wants you to use AutoCAD, considering the limited new features added with each new version and all the bundles and incentives they offer to upgrade to their other applications? Add to this, the unwanted changes to their licensing and pricing models. If you are primarily using it for drafting and modeling, you may be left asking yourself, should you stick it out, or is there a better option?

But that’s not a trivial decision, and drafting and modeling software is mission critical for your business. So, when does it make sense to switch, what’s the right replacement application, and what are the costs and benefits? 

Read our white paper on deciding whether to switch

Download our white paper or talk to a Bentley advisor to make the right choice for your organization’s unique needs. The white paper takes you through these steps to help you make an informed decision about making a switch.

Step 1: Determine if AutoCAD is holding you back

Some of the burdens associated with any software — such as the financial costs — are obvious and easy to calculate. Others require closer inspection.

Step 2: Decide whether MicroStation is suitable for your needs

If the writing on the wall indicates that it is time for your company to look beyond AutoCAD, the next step is to understand whether you and MicroStation will make a good match. Read through the questions in the white paper and ask yourself how many of these factors apply to your situation.

Step 3: Understand the cost to implement

Implementing a new software application will entail a variety of costs, including the licenses themselves, support, and training. And if customization is required, that will incur an additional cost. Although the exact numbers will be different for every company, you can start creating an estimate with the help of these resources.

Step 4: Calculate the cost of staying with AutoCAD

To calculate the cost of doing nothing — that is, staying with your current software — start with what you pay for licenses. Be sure to check Autodesk announcements so you can factor any forthcoming price increases into your calculations. And calculate how much time you are losing by using workarounds or inefficient workflows.

Step 5: Plan your next move

Use this information to help weigh the costs and benefits of making a switch to determine what to do next, seek advice, and help plan the most efficient and least disruptive approach to moving forward to advance your team’s future success.

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