Saturday, June 30, 2012

Closing talk quote

"get rid of text. If you're using text you're doing it wrong"

Friday, June 29, 2012

On the boat

We're on the boat to dinner and our daughter has joined us. Off to eat pig on a stick.

BIM washing

Interesting link

Data mining

How to mine data such as wall types and line style use data from models.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

We're here!

Checked in and heading to the pool! If you're around look us up, drop an email, comment on the post or find Krista on Facebook.


We have arrived. If you can't tell the sign says welcome to Atlanta.

On our way to RTC

We are on our way! Elephante too!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


So, I feel like I need to say something on the topic of "Autodesk 360". You may have seen recently that there has been another new "360" announcement. The problem I have with 360 is there is no product! It is a best a banner for a number of different products, most of which rely on Autodesk's cloud that they've built out (courtesy of Amazon web-services). If you start to dig into the details, it is all still separate "things". Recent acquisitions Horizontal Glue and Vela Systems for instance are all still sold through their primary channels and have not been anywhere near integrated into Autodesk. "Single Sign On" is more like "Single User ID, sign in multiple times",. If you're a subscriber with access to some of the other cloud services like Rendering, Structural Analysis, CEA, etc. there is no "single" sign on. When you get "into" the "360" website, you still have to log into each unique product.

The issue I have, is people are starting to talk about 360 like it is a product. Even Autodesk's marking material suggests the presence of some "master" 360 product "Autodesk BIM 360: The next generation BIM". If I didn't know better this would lead me to believe I can buy "360", which is about far from the truth as you can get. If 360 were some sort of "master" or "base" program to which I could add modules, then the marketing speak would make sense (and maybe that is Autodesk's long term goal), but here, today its just Vaporware.

My warning to you, if you see someone listing how they've "got" 360, or they ask you to compare 360 to another product, then start asking questions. My response is "there's nothing hear folks, time to move on". If you peak behind the curtains, you're not going to find something you can actually put your hands on. None of this is to dispute that Autodesk does not offer cloud services, my point of contention is that I think the marketing approach to said services is confusing at best and mis-leading at worst.

Hope to see many of you at RTC USA next week!