CAD has become a must-have software tool for the KBB sector. The correlation between the expansion of CAD’s capabilities and the increasing number of users is no surprise to those working in development. We liaise closely with them and their expectations help define CAD’s future direction.
The list of current users is extensive, from manufacturers to designers, independent retailers to builders’ merchants. Some users have specific requirements, which can become the springboard for future technology. The 3D interactive versions are already powerful KBB design tools and deliver an engaging shopping experience with their Viewer Apps and 3D walk-throughs. There are signs that some retailers are looking for more integration in their business.
Logicom develops bespoke CAD software for such customers, one such example is a major retail chain in the Middle East. Abyat is a one-stop outlet for consumers and contractors building a new home. Its CAD software, based on Virtual Worlds, has evolved over several years. In addition to the product catalogues aspect of the software, a back-office system for Abyat’s kitchen catalogue has been developed, which enables the sales staff to create a quote and to trigger a finalised order. Given the fact that customers purchase virtually their entire house from Abyat, this automated system saves extensive sales and administration time and negates order specification errors.
(Attribute article to Nathan MacLean, Acting Managing Director, Logicom)