How to Choose a CAD Conversion Outsource
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Posted By HandtoCAD on Mar 29, 2020
How to Choose a CAD Conversion OutsourceSo you’re thinking about outsourcing your CAD Conversion work in order to save your company time and money. But, how do you choose the right CAD Conversion Outsource? First, what type of CAD outsourcing do you need? Are you looking for a source that will scan paper drawings and convert them to CAD? Are you looking for someone to convert raster files to vector? Or convert one CAD file to another? Or go from 2D to 3D CAD? If you’re looking for one particular type of conversion, and have a small project, you may be able to find a single individual that you can hire on an outsource basis who has the skills that you need. However, if you’re looking for a variety of CAD conversion jobs, or a sophisticated service, such as converting 2D to 3D, or if you have more than just a few drawings, then you’ll likely do better finding a company with varied experience and expertise. An internet search is a great place to start looking. We suggest starting with a list of 6-10 possible companies, then narrowing them down to 3-5 that you want to get quotes from. Just how do you narrow your initial list down and then choose that final offer? Here are a few guidelines: Look for a vendor that has handled similar projects in the past. This will show that they have the capabilities that you need no matter how big or how small your project is. Make sure that they have sufficient manpower and capabilities to get your project completed in the time frame you require. Ask about the certifications they have and whether they have more than one employee with the same or similar certifications. You don’t want your project stopped mid-stream if someone gets sick or leaves the company. Find out what type of facilities they have. Redundancy in computer equipment and scanning equipment is always a plus. Lowest cost is not necessarily the best choice. Smaller companies may offer a lower bid, but you’re not saving money if they don’t have the manpower or experience to handle your project. Ask for references from past clients who have had projects that most resemble your project and budge. This will give you a better idea about what it’s like to work with that CAD outsourcing company. In the end, it comes down to choosing the CAD conversion outsource company that you’re most comfortable with. Especially if this is your first time for CAD outsourcing, it’s important to find an outsource that you can trust. You’ll be sending them your project assets and you want to rest easily knowing that they’ll take care of them Customer service and accurate work are paramount to a CAD conversion company. The end result is heavily affected by the client-vendor working experience. Outsourcing relies a lot on contact through exchanging ideas, sending understandable feedback, and working together to make the project a success. If you’re not comfortable dealing with the people you’re outsourcing to, it simply won’t work, because you won’t want to interact with them. 1. Far Less Savings than Expected One of the biggest risks associated with offshore outsourcing of CAD conversion involves the inflated expectations that the internal organization has about how much the savings from offshore CAD conversion outsourcing will be. Unfortunately, many executives assume that outsourced labor will yield savings comparable to a person-to-person comparison (e.g., a full-time equivalent in India will cost 40% less) without regard for the hidden costs and added internal management efforts and operation modifications required for outsourcing. In reality, many organizations save far less than they had anticipated with CAD outsourcing. 2. Lowered Accuracy and Performance A significant risk of outsourcing the CAD conversion function is that the vendor may not be able to perform as promised. This may be as a result of language barriers, differing cultural expectations, delays in response due to time zone differences or lack of understanding of the work involved. For example, Although English is one official language in India, pronunciation and accents can vary tremendously. In addition, cultural differences include religions, modes of dress, social activities, and even the way a question is answered. Most leading vendors have cultural education programs, but executives should not assume that cultural alignment will be insignificant or trivial. 3. Offshore Vendor Unfamiliar with US Government Oversight/Regulation Most US organizations face various degrees of government regulation and oversight. While at first glance, this may not seem to be an issue when discussing CAD Conversion outsourcing, the issue of transparency is becoming more significant as requirements such as the USA PATRIOT Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act place greater burdens of accountability on all American corporations. So whether it’s a building code issue in a CAD drawing to required security measures for sensitive aircraft drawings, If the offshore vendor is not sensitive to industry-specific requirements and the vendor’s ability to: 1) comply with government regulations; and 2) provide sufficient “transparency” showing that it does comply and is thus accountable , then this could create legal ramifications for the US corporation. 4. Turnover of Key Personnel Rapid growth among offshore CAD outsourcing vendors has created a dynamic labor market, especially in India. Key personnel are usually in demand for new, high-profile projects, or even at risk of being recruited by other offshore vendors. While offshore vendors will often quote overall turnover statistics that appear relatively low, the more important statistic to manage is the turnover of key personnel. Common turnover levels are in the 15%-20% range, and this usually refers to the most knowledgeable of the CAD specialists. The impact of high turnover can directly affect the quality of CAD conversion work. 5. Effect of Offshore Outsourcing on Americans’ Lives Whatever the product or service, even CAD Conversion, if there is an effort to ship it outside America to cheaper labor, then the effects of this are hurting many aspects of Americans’ industrial and personal lives. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, whether you manufacture low- to high-tech products, build houses, or create the next generation of microprocessor chips: Outsourcing is affecting American industry and it will only become a larger issue.