Tag Archive: WorldCAD Access

Apr 28 2010

It’s been about collaboration all along

I have been a member of the UK change organisation Constructing Excellence‘s Collaborative Working Champions for some years. My interest in this area started in the 1990s when I worked in what was then Tarmac (now Carillion) Professional Services and my line manager was Shonagh Hay. She was a member of the  Reading Construction Forum …

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Oct 02 2009

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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May 26 2009

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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Mar 02 2009

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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Feb 25 2009

Cadalyst saved

Some good news from the publishing world. Further to last week’s post, Testing times for AEC IT magazines, I read in WorldCAD Access and CAD Insider that Cadalyst is now going to be published by a company called Longitude Media, run by Questex’s former Vice-President of Digital Media and General Manager, Design & Engineering Group, …

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Nov 04 2008

Recession and the construction SaaS providers

The R-word has arrived. In his Brickonomics blog, my good friend Brian Green today talks, not for the first time, about “the recession in construction”, which he says “is looking increasingly desperate as the giant commercial sector appears to be heading for a nasty fall”. Earlier this year, like many industry people, I was hopeful …

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Jul 09 2008

Bentley and Autodesk target interoperability

A couple of months ago, a PR slip suggested a joint Bentley/Autodesk announcement was imminent. Well, it was announced late yesterday that the two AEC software giants have agreed to expand interoperability between their solutions portfolios: “Autodesk and Bentley will exchange software libraries, including Autodesk RealDWG, to improve the ability to read and write the …

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