Tag: Autodesk

SaaS as a software protection strategy

Reading WorldCAD Access and The CAD Industry blogs this morning, I learned about the latest developments in a court case brought by Autodesk to stop an eBay trader, Tim Vernor, from selling second-hand CAD software. Ignoring the complex issues relating to copyright, it occurred to me that other software vendors are already side-stepping such issues …

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CAD in the cloud

I have talked in this blog a number of times about the potential for design applications to be delivered as online solutions (CADaaS, BIMaaS), where the application and associated data is hosted ‘in the cloud’, and some of my designer friends have pooh-poohed the idea. Autodesk, however, has at least been experimenting with the idea …

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Gloomy times for SaaS collaboration vendors

Today I have been hearing about redundancies among staff at one of the UK’s leading construction collaboration vendors. This news comes as no surprise. The writing has been on the wall for all the collaboration vendors since the credit crunch hit last year. Widespread project postponements and cancellations have led to corresponding reductions across the …

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Constructware conundrum continues

The recent flurry of claims and rebuttals about the future of Constructware (see Constructware’s future questioned) has not convinced everybody that Autodesk remains committed to developing its Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration application Constructware. The atmosphere of uncertainty is also not helped by last week’s news (and here) that Autodesk is to lay off a further 430 …

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Constructware’s future questioned

I’ve seen a ConstrucTech Newsflash and a couple of blog posts (eg: EADoc, Jeff Yoders (BIMboy) – since updated) suggesting that Autodesk may no longer be developing its Constructware Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) construction collaboration product. Writers seized on a statement by Tim Douglas, Autodesk’s industry segment manager for construction: “Autodesk, like other companies, has been evaluating …

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USACE contract requirements expose BIM interoperability shortcomings

I’ve just been reading another great AECbytes guest article, by David Edwards. He writes about the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and how it is driving the adoption of IFC2x3 compliant building information modelling (BIM) in the US – something much discussed at recent IAI/BuildingSMART conferences (see my BuildingSMART conference, part 2 post, for …

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Autodesk hit by recession

In Is the Recession hurting AEC IT? last month, I said I would keep an eye on the financial results of some of the key players in the AEC market. Last week, Autodesk announced its results for the last quarter of 2008: revenues down 18% from the previous year (spread across every operating region; EMEA …

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Recession: SaaS and AEC

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) expert Phil Wainewright has been looking at a couple of reports from Forrester Research analysts reinforcing the view that “SaaS thrives in a cost-conscious, capex-constrained economic environment“. In Recession Pushes Enterprises to Adopt SaaS, Phil firstly talks about Ted Schadler’s comparative cost analysis (Should Your Email Live In The Cloud?) suggesting that hosted …

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“Sell Buzzsaw”

OK, it’s only an individual’s opinion in the Autodesk User Group International Forums. Reflecting on a forum post about Autodesk’s recent stock market performance (linked to a CGenie blog article), one stockholder (alias: aaronrumple) suggests a six-point strategy, the final item being: 6. Adsk has a good portfolio of stuff to sell. They should work …

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AtomicBIM and UUID

Last February I wrote (here, here and here) about the possibility of CAD applications being delivered as Software-as-a-Service – a concept I called CADaaS. Then, realising that CAD is likely to be superseded eventually by building information modelling (BIM), I updated the concept in June to BIMaaS. Noting along the way posts on the topic …

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