I’m a bit overwhelmed with all of the amazing news we’ve been able to share over the last few weeks. But this is the article that I’ve been dreaming of writing for several years, now. And today is the day! All of us at Bricsys are proud to welcome Robert Green as our first Bricsys Certified Migration Consultant. Robert’s company, Robert Green Consulting, is ready to assist North American companies realize the fastest path to success in moving to BricsCAD® and BricsCAD® BIM. -Don
Robert, what excites you about consulting on BricsCAD migrations?
I believe many US companies are going to migrate to BricsCAD, because it makes so much financial sense to do so. I’m thrilled to receive this technical certification from the team at Bricsys. Now, my company is set to offer the highest quality migration services for those that have chosen to make the move to BricsCAD.
Why are your customers asking you to help them move to BricsCAD?
Cost, ease of use and simple deployment.
Ease of Use: An experienced AutoCAD® user can be up and running on BricsCAD in a matter of hours. Then they can start learning what else BricsCAD mechanical and BIM products can do for them.
Cost: BricsCAD perpetual licenses – which never expire – start at $590US per seat for BricsCAD Classic. And for $810US per seat you get BricsCAD, a year of priority support, and an upgrade to the next major version. (BricsCAD V19)
Then, after year one, BricsCAD maintenance costs less than $250 a year to maintain. Contrast this with a $1,575 per year AutoCAD® rental subscription that stops running the instant you don’t renew it. It’s not hard to see that a company that replaces AutoCAD® with BricsCAD will achieve payback in about 6 months. Then, they will continue to reap huge savings, year after year. The return on investment (ROI) for BricsCAD is compelling, that’s why I predict the US market will start moving to BricsCAD.
Simple Deployment: BricsCAD’s compact size and speed of installation makes it much more pleasant to administer, from an IT point of view.
BricsCAD has technical strengths, too – like the BLADE LISP development environment, BIM and Sheet Metal capabilities, and the ability to run on Mac and Linux as well. And it’s a great platform for CADWorx®, too. Will you touch on which of these Robert Green Consulting’s customers are asking about?
Right now, the main interest is in migrating AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® users. The ability to run existing AutoLISP® routines and preserve the AutoCAD® CUI file customizations are the most asked about features. It’s like people don’t believe that they could migrate this easily at such a low price point, but seeing is believing.
The ability to do high end mechanical and BIM design with the same product interface, and doing it in DWG is compelling and desirable. There’s been a perception that BricsCAD is an AutoCAD clone. That comment totally understates what the BricsCAD platform of products can do today.
What are the key steps in a customer migration from AutoCAD® to BricsCAD?
From the standpoint of the CAD manager, the installation and acclimation process includes loading, authorizing and configuring the software. Then, we deliver a quick-start training program to ensure that users are working productively, right away. Also, migrating to BricsCAD presents a great opportunity to re-examine standards, clean out old junk, organize support files on servers and re-evaluate customizations – in essence, a fresh start that can save time and money now and in years to come.
Why should a company bring in Robert Green Consulting as their migration consultant?
We have a 25-year deep understanding of how CAD works, from a user’s and CAD manager’s point of view. Also, we have solid knowledge of the AutoCAD® and BricsCAD programming interfaces (APIs), and historical knowledge on what to watch for in the migration process. By using our expertise to avoid mistakes, companies can be successful in migrating quickly. And since progressive companies need their in-house people focused on revenue-based projects, outsourcing a one-time task like software migration makes ultimate sense.
Additionally, we’ll be able to help the customer consider newer workflows and BricsCAD features. The Quad cursor, for example, is something AutoCAD users would never think of but it is quite powerful. Bottom line is we want to get the customer migrated to BricsCAD but also make sure they reap the full benefit of doing so.
How can companies start the move to BricsCAD?
Interested companies can contact me directly at RGreen@GreenConsulting.com to get more information. I’ll be offering some migration services packages for those companies that are ready to make the move to BricsCAD. I’m excited to get started, and help get the story out about the value and power of BricsCAD!