Ease of user set-up and admin
No software installs, patches, upgrades. No servers or license management.
Conducive to data sharing / collaboration
Transparent version and history control
No check-in / check-out, saving.
No emailing of step files (self-service exports for stakeholders using other CAD tools)
Extraordinary pace of software updates and improvements (major enhancements every three weeks)
Built-in PDM, enormous potential for taking PDM to new heights
Quick learning curve. Experienced SolidWorks users more or less hit the ground running.
Don't need an upgraded windows machine to run, works fine on standard PC's, Mac, tablets, etc.. Can check on live data via mobile phone.
Good training resources
Responsive support team, highly competent staff all around
Great business model - focused on what they do well, partnering with like minded companies to bring secondary services (i.e., FEA, rendering, utilities, etc. in app store). Not pretending they can deliver everything effectively, like the biggest PLM/CAD companies.
Modern database architecture, modern API's, built on AWS cloud - well positioned for the latest trends in data (digitalization, analytics, governance, etc.)
No up front capital expenses, no depreciation
Enables legit master data management from customer facing systems through the supply base.
Wish this tool were around 10 years ago.
The CAD industry has really been stagnant for the last 10+ years. Most CAD companies have been focused on leveraging their CAD user bases to sell secondary engineering tools and bloated PLM systems, rather than figuring out fundamental issues around CAD collaboration, file distribution, IT admin, etc. Convinced that Onshape will be lighting a fire under the rear ends of the entire industry starting in early '18.
Give it a shot. Don't be afraid of the cloud. CAD is just the last major business software to go there. AWS is better at securing your data than your internal IT dept. And if you are emailing or ftp'ing CAD data today, that is the worst of all options from a security standpoint.
Cost and effort avoidance of on-site PDM with server replication in multiple regions. Previous system (Workgroup PDM) no longer supported.
Ensuring stakeholders are all working from the same master data, vastly improving vendor access to collaborative data.
Minimizing time to prepare competitive quote and release packages
Co-location of key technical product data in one system
Improving the ability for designers, engineers, and drafters to efficiently move in and out of projects as needed, without being slowed down by check-in, check out. Developing more of a team-mindset.
Improving access to 3D models for product management, marketing, etc., helping speed up commercialization processes and improve transparency.
Reducing IT admin headaches
Getting more control over IP (controlled sharing as opposed to email/ftp)