Millennials really do have their heads in the cloud
Most people are aware of the term Millennials, but who are they and why is that information important to a company? According to the Census Bureau, the millennial generation includes those people born between 1982 and 2000. This group now numbers about 83.1 million and in 2015 they became the largest share of the American workforce. According to PWC’s Millennial at Work report, by 2020 they will form 50% of the global workforce. This new generation of workers has grown up in a very different world from previous generations. They bring a different set of skills to the workplace and they have very different expectations for their workplace and workplace tools.
Millennials grew up surrounded by technology. They have always had immediate access to information and people so they are used to completing tasks wherever and whenever they choose. If they have a question to answer or a task to complete, they turn to their devices first. If they need to communicate with someone, they do it through their devices. Social media taught millennials to expect instant feedback on everything they do. This means that collaboration is key to them.
Millennials grew up in a world where consumer software has been constantly improving the user experience. They expect the same experience from workplace software; it must be fast, efficient, and flexible. Many millennials report that poor workplace software was a reason they would consider leaving a job.
Most millennials grew up playing 3D games with players from around the world, where everyone could contribute in real-time to what they could see on the screen. The functionality of cloud-based CAD will be familiar to these millennials and it will satisfy their desires for optimal ease-of-use.
Collaboration on design and engineering projects is much easier with cloud-based CAD. Team members, vendors, and partners from around the world will see and be able to discuss the current project. New team members can easily be added to the project and then they can access designs from anywhere, anytime. Data can be shared in the office or out in the field on-site. Cloud-based CAD can easily be accessed from mobile devices and because it is in the cloud it is light enough to work quickly and efficiently.
Cloud-based CAD ensures the synchronization of data for the entire team. There is no need to re-enter data or import others’ work. An engineer wouldn’t need to fear that they’re working from old data, possibly overwriting the work of another engineer. All updates to the design would be seen immediately by the entire team, retaining design content continuously.
Millennials want to use software in their job that is up-to-date and makes their work easier. Product lifecycle management (PLM) software can be very complicated. It’s usually made up of several software tools working together to manage your product from inception to sunset. Setup of the tools can be expensive and require a robust IT infrastructure to deploy and support it. If it’s not done correctly, the software can be difficult for employees to access and update. Millennials are not going to use a software suite that makes their work more difficult. Cloud-based PLM software is optimized for your employees, running smoothly with very little setup.
PLM involves a large team, from the engineers, to the designers, to marketing, and sales, all tracking multiple components of the product life cycle. All members need to stay in the loop and be up-to-date on the current status. Cloud-based PLM allows everyone to collaborate from their location, whether at a company site, job site, or working remotely from home. Team members can quickly, from any device, get an update on a project status or add new information for everyone to see.
Cloud-based computing brings the power to process data intensive projects to your entire team. Companies are freed from the need to set up one or more physical server banks to process data. Because the servers are no longer site specific, processing times are greatly diminished for remote team members. This adds greater flexibility for your employees as they are no longer limited by their distance from the servers. Millennials have little patience with waiting while their computers are processing.
The millennial generation of workers introduce a whole new level of productivity and creativity to their companies. Companies that are ready to provide these workers with the software they want will see a huge benefit. Cloud-based technology can help make the next generation of engineers more impactful in their jobs, improving current processes and boosting product performance though collaboration. Cloud-based technology will also meet the millennials’ desire that their workplace software work as well as the consumer software that they’ve grown up around, providing flexibility, speed, and ease-of-use.