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Boost Productivity with Upchain Cloud PDM

Alexandra Maraldo
November 29, 2021

Companies are under more pressure than ever with labor shortages, supply issues, and market uncertainties. These issues are putting extra pressure on your business, adding to pre-existing headaches and highlighting inefficiencies in your existing processes. Everyone’s time is at a premium and businesses are doing everything they can to increase efficiencies across the enterprise.  

A major complaint of many of our clients is that their designers are wasting time on administrative or other non-value tasks. These can be a huge time suck for many designers and frustrating for everyone involved, but are often considered a necessary evil because “how else are these tasks going to get done?” There are a few ways that you can reduce the amount of time that designers have to spend doing tasks other than designing and most are a lot more simple than you might think.  

The first easy way to reduce the amount of time that designers spend on administrative tasks is through integrations. By making sure all of your systems are speaking to each other, you reduce the amount of time spent copying information between systems. As an added bonus, this reduces the impact of human error and saves time later in the product lifecycle searching for and correcting errors.  

Secondly, implementing some simple automation can greatly reduce the amount of time designers have to spend doing administrative work or following up with team members. By automating change and revision tracking, Upchain manages your data so you can stay focused on your work, reducing the amount of time wasted on non-value tasks. For example, automating the change approval process to alert approvers when changes are made, and setting up rules for how approvals are handled, means less time waiting for changes to be approved and more efficient and streamlined processes.  

The last, and arguably easiest, way to keep designers from having to waste time on administrative tasks is by giving non-CAD users access to CAD data. How does this help designers? Simply put, the less time your design team has to spend searching for measurements or exporting PDFs for other teams, the more time they have to focus on their task at hand. Additionally, this saves time for the teams requesting the data, since they can access the information they need immediately without having to wait for a response from the design team who is inevitably busy and has other priorities. 

If outdated processes are wasting your team’s time and compounding issues your company is facing due to the continued impact of the global pandemic, cloud PDM may be the solution you need to significantly improve your workflows and speed things up. Click here to register for our upcoming webinar and learn 5 ways to boost productivity with Upchain cloud PDM 

Alexandra Maraldo

Alex is a marketing manager at Autodesk specialising in PLM and PDM solutions.