In the past, almost every large manufacturing enterprise had an in-house computer-aided design (CAD) department to develop custom software that met their unique needs. Later, the independent software vendors (ISVs) appeared with specialized solutions, followed by enterprise software providers with high-end commercial offerings.
Whether developed internally or purchased off-the-shelf, engineering software needs to constantly innovate in order to meet the unique requirements of the enterprise. Increasingly, partnering is the best way to deliver this innovation.
By working with software component providers and expert software development teams, companies of all sizes can take advantage of the latest technologies, keep their applications current, and deliver the innovative engineering software solutions that end users require.
Software Components + Expert Software Development Consulting
Technology has advanced at a rapid pace in the last 15 years, and the engineering software world is no exception. For instance, it used to be that if you were writing a graphics application and you knew some OpenGL, you’d be all set. Today, there are literally dozens of different technologies to choose from — and companies are finding it next to impossible to keep up with the complexity.
Expertise in these areas is expensive and time-consuming to acquire. On top of that, the specific expertise is usually tangential to the main business and core competency of the company. That’s why partnering with a provider of software components makes so much sense.
Components provide basic building blocks of functionality that have been developed by domain experts with core expertise in that particular area. One of the main fears companies have with custom development is that the final product might be full of bugs. The component approach prevents a lot of bugs from happening in the first place because the components have been tried and tested a multitude of times in a multitude of applications. Simply put, the foundation that components provide is very solid.
While components provide the starting point, these building blocks need to be assembled, customized, and integrated into a production-ready application. That’s where a team of qualified developers that are familiar with the component technologies comes into play.
These external development teams have extensive industry expertise, they know the components inside and out, and they know how to combine the components into a final product for the customer. If components help remove much of the risk around adopting or incorporating a new technology, seasoned professionals with years of experience and specialized skills help remove much of the remaining risk.
Another point of concern for custom developed software is a post-production maintenance. Enterprise customers don’t want to get stuck with a solution that nobody can support. Not all development consultants are in the position to provide such support. When looking for a development partner, it is important to look for one that offers long-term support service in addition to development services.
Authors: Dave Opsahl, VP of Corporate Development at Tech Soft 3D and Boris Shoov, VP of Business Development at AMC Bridge
Originally published at www.pddnet.com on June 28, 2018.
This article is based on a podcast: Beyond 3D — Services and component technologies take the complexity out of dealing with today’s tech trends http://bit.ly/2tCqJbz