Autodesk University 2012: The Give and Take

Autodesk University 2012: The Give and Take

We attended the 20th anniversary of Autodesk University at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas Nov. 27-30th and this was our first time there as an Autodesk partner. With about 6,000 attendees it was a fantastic event, with Autodesk users, partners, and our own Jitterbit employees all getting a chance to mix it up.

As we announced back in September, Autodesk partnered with Jitterbit to provide the integration technology behind Autodesk PLM360 Connect. We were on-site to co-host a session at AU entitled: ‘The Give and Take: Exchanging Data with Autodesk PLM 360’. In this session we did a live demo of moving data between PLM360, Excel files, and other business systems, such as ERP and CRM applications. We also looked at how custom applications can be built to communicate to and from PLM 360 using the PLM 360 REST API.

PLM customers showed the most interest in connecting their enterprise applications, such as SAP, Salesforce, and Oracle products like E-Business Suite. This included PLM360 resellers, who were over the moon about PLM 360’s baked-in integration.

Between PLM360 and many other products, Autodesk University 2012 was all about the Cloud — right up our alley! The big announcement at the show was Fusion 360, a new cloud-based mechanical CAD solution. This product represents Autodesk’s vision of a cloud-based future where design using software takes place across the internet rather than on-premise. As more and more solutions move to the cloud, customers will continue to benefit from the ease of access — while, of course, looking for more and more of their critical business data to be integrated.

We look forward to continuing to work with Autodesk on all sorts of integration endeavors. It was a great, informative time at Autodesk University 2012 and we hope to see you there next year!

If you have questions about PLM360 Connect, be sure to check out both our PLM section and the Autodesk website.

With that we’ll leave you with the AU 2012 keynote, in which multiple entrepreneurs, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, and even a young adult talk about the exciting future of Autodesk and the cloud.