Perspectives on the Recent Autodesk – Esri Announcement
Dennis Beck, President, SBS
I recently attended Autodesk University, where I witnessed an on-stage discussion between Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, and Andrew Anagnost, President of Autodesk. Jack described the two companies as having reached a “turning point” in achieving cooperation between the worlds of engineering design and geographic sciences. In the most general sense, the companies have agreed to work together to improve the integration of their product platforms. This would allow partners to create better, more connected products and workflows, with improved support for mutual customers. Jack described it as, “understanding precedes action” and Autodesk’s mantra for the conference was repeated several times; designers and engineers will be able to do, “more, better with less”.
Intelligent integration reduces design time by over 50%
Intuitively, it makes sense that integration of utility distribution design with other information systems like GIS, financials and materials management would be a smart thing to do. A recent presentation at the SBS Peer Utility Group gave us some proof to confirm our intuition.
Experiences Using Semi-Agile Delivery for AUD Implementation
Our recent Peer Utility Group (PUG) meeting, hosted by Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue, Washington, was a great opportunity to learn what leading utilities are doing to integrate Automated Utility Design™ (AUD) with GIS and enterprise information systems. While much of the discussion was on systems integration and workflows, we also had an opportunity to review different delivery approaches. In particular, Louisville Gas and Electric (LGE) spent some time detailing their experience with the SBS Semi-Agile approach for delivering an integrated electric and gas utility design solution based on AUD and SBS’ Utility DataHub™ (UDH).
The goal at IPL is to create a seamless integration that minimizes the amount of programs a user has to touch to get their work done. With these integrations existing software systems can now perform their full duties allowing IPL to get the most out of their investments, while providing top-tier customer service.
Our company, Spatial Business Systems, recently hit a milestone of having placed our 500th license of the SpatialBiz Plug-In for FME (also called the “Smallworld Plug-In for FME”) in production with a client of ours.