Unless you work at Dyson, don’t make the choice for new engineering software in a vacuum. Ask what needs, issues and questions the end users may have. If all you’re looking at is the cost savings of the different software licenses and accompanying server hardware you are not getting the full picture of true cost of ownership.
You may also want to consider the following before making your decision:
- Training costs.
- Costs to update any related company procedures or documentation.
- Time and cost associated with the loss of productivity during the learning curve.
- Actual productivity gains as a whole. Saving $100 in one area of an application only to spend $10 in 10 other areas isn’t really saving anything.