“Three years ago we started to talk to you about cloud, social and mobile computing and how it would change the way we all work.” - Carl Bass, 03 Dec 2013
In the last three years, cloud based computing has taken a stronghold. In some areas more than others, but the growth is evident. Let's take a look at the status of some of the more popular offerings from Autodesk, including information revealed at Autodesk University last week.
Fusion 360 has a fast growing passionate community with over 17,000 unique users who have created over 67,000 designs in the cloud. Although Fusion 360's only language is English, there are users in over 90 countries including the top four countries of the U.S., India, the U.K., and China. Every day there are approximately 300 new designs posted and collaborated on and the average user can sit at a local machine and begin working in less than 3 minutes. 83% of Fusion 360 users are in companies with less than 200 employees and a full 90% of Fusion 360 users are new to Autodesk.
Autodesk 360 is "like Facebook for engineers" according to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass. Autodesk 360 now has over 26 million accounts, up some 73% from last year. Autodesk 360 users have created 5.6 million renderings and over 1.2 million of those in the last quarter alone. The 14 million paid subscribers is up 60% from last year. The virtually infinite computing power available allows you to do more with less.
Infraworks 360, launched just a few months ago, already contains over 3800 projects.
BIM 360 has over 15,000 monthly active users, up over 60% from last year, and there are 50 new users a day on average.
SIM 360 has executed over 142,000 simulation jobs in the cloud, including fatique, stress and thermal anaysis. Some 10 jobs per user, per week are being run in SIM 360.
Autodesk CEO Carl Bass said that PLM360 is "the world's first cloud based PLM solution. What being in the cloud really means is that it's instantly on and it's innately mobile." PLM 360 has over 10,000 users, 66,000 workspaces, and 4 million items in the cloud.
The newest service, just announced at Autodesk University 2013 is CAM 360, which according to Autodesk is "The only CAM solution that combines CNC programming, simulation, and design with real-time collaboration and online project and data management in one easy-to-use product."
Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and R.K. McSwain at the Expert Elite Lunch, Las Vegas, NV, 2012-11-28
One of the events at AU2012 was a special luncheon on Wed., Nov 28. to announce the creation of the Expert Elite group, a select group of individual community members who have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions, helping customers by sharing knowledge, providing community leadership, and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration that drives a healthy and valuable Autodesk customer community.
I was honored to be included among this groups initial members, composed of approximately sixty worldwide members. If you participate in the Autodesk forums, you may have noticed the term "Expert Elite" in use on some of the user titles. We have been empowered to better share our knowledge, while supporting our peers and the Autodesk Community in general. Read more about Autodesk Expert Elite group
It's been a busy summer and fall 2012, you may have noticed fewer posts here than normal. Things are going to pick up starting Monday, the first day of AU2012. We'll be in Las Vegas blogging and tweeting, live from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Although Autodesk Revit is not a tool I use, I did want to pass on some news that hit the Revit world recently. Autodesk Revit LT was announced this week. This is a simplified application designed to help small AEC firms transition to a BIM workflow with a cost-effective tool built on the Revit platform.
I was excited to be invited to the Autodesk Media Summit last week at the Autodesk Gallery at Market One, in San Francisco. I arrived on Monday evening, a little late for the pre-event get together hosted by TechSoft 3D. However, the next morning we met next door at the Autodesk Gallery for a light breakfast and then quickly got started with the main event – a live webcast to introduce the Autodesk 2013 product line.
The media room just prior to getting started Tuedsay morning
Users from all over tuned in via the Autodesk facebook page, while about 90 of us watched it live in person. I am sure we were burning up the Autodesk_Guest WiFi with all the live blog posts and tweets being sent out from the event. Carl Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer (@carlbass), led off the event by discussing how Autodesk received grief for predicting 10% growth last year. They ended up at 14% growth. Some of the interesting facts mentioned: 75% of Autodesk’s business is from outside the United States; in the past 30 years, AutoCAD has built a user base of about 12 million (legal) users, while the cloud based product AutoCAD WS has built a user base of over 7 million in only 2 years, with drawing uploads to AutoCAD WS over 300,000 per week.
Last month, I wrote an article for the CADSPEED blog describing a great program where Autodesk and Lenovo teamed up to outfit a deserving small business with new hardware, software, and training - at no cost. Yes, you read that right. FREE software, hardware, software, and training. Who? How? When? Why? Check out the article and watch the YouTube videos linked on that page.
So why am I bringing this up again? Because Autodesk and Lenovo are going to do it again! Are you a small business in need of a "Technology Makeover"? Are you running "non-current" Autodesk software? State your case from now until February 23, 2012 on the AutoCAD > Tech Makeover Contest page on Facebook. Your small business could be the next recipient of this awesome deal which includes up to five Lenovo® ThinkStation® workstations and five licenses of the Autodesk® Design Suite software of your choice. Full details and all of the contest rules are available here.
Well, probably....if you are in the U.S. and unless you have to work on Friday or the weekend. I had planned on another informative AU2011 post today, but I'm finishing up work because I do have ZERO work days in between today and the week following AU.
So because time is short, I'll just leave you with Lynn Allen's latest AU Las Vegas 2011 Primer