Wednesday, July 9, 2008

More thoughts on standardization

As my colleague Bruce posted earlier today, Autodesk and Bentley have agreed to collaborate going forward. While he took the approach that it could be bad for the A/E industry, I'm going to take the opposite stance.

Strangely, there has been no public statement from either Autodesk or Bentley about why they are doing this, but, Bruce's thoughts notwithstanding, I'm not convinced it is a bad thing that the two companies have reached a software interoperability agreement. All we ever heard about the past few years was the complaints that people had that the two companies' software did not work well together. This announcement should be a step in the right direction.

Also, why is it a bad thing if A/E firms pass on the savings to their clients, given the crappy economy and shortage of projects out there? If the savings on the first project offers up enough funding for a second project before the economy turns around, that could keep firms from laying people off. That may be a little Polly-Annaish for some, but why see the glass as half empty all the time?

You've seen what Bruce and I think about the Autodesk-Bentley collaboration. What do you think? Drop me an e-mail and let me know!


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