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jdunleavy1
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Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

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01-05-2006 09:57 AM
The following is from the FMDesktop website...

Autodesk, Inc. is pleased to announce today that it has acquired the majority of Applied Spatial Technologies’ assets, including their flagship software application for facilities management, FMDesktop. This acquisition signals Autodesk’s entry into the facilities management space, and will enable Autodesk customers including owners and tenants to create, manage and share building data throughout the entire building lifecycle. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Autodesk is confident that FMDesktop is the right product with the right vision for our customers,” said Jay Bhatt, vice president, Building Solutions Division, Autodesk. “We are committed to the facilities management market and will continue to develop new products and services to help space planners and facility managers realize their ideas.”

As part of the acquisition agreement, Autodesk plans to support FMDesktop customers and honor existing subscription agreements. Both Bob Fahlin and Dusty Smith will be joining the Autodesk Building Solutions Division team as part of the acquisition of FMDesktop.

Bob will continue to be heavily involved in the design and enhancement of both current and future Autodesk Facility solution offerings.

Dusty will join Autodesk in sales and marketing development activities that will engage, expose and educate the Autodesk user community about the features, functions and uses for FMDesktop and future FM centric Autodesk technologies.

Both Dusty and Bob as well as the Autodesk Building Asset Management Team will be available for any questions you may have regarding transition, technical support or any other issues or concerns you may have.

Please feel free to direct questions to:

Bob Fahlin

603-206-9146

bob.fahlin@autodesk.com



Dustin Smith

dusty.smith@autodesk.com

603-206-9147



Brian Haines Technical Marketing Manager

603-265-0260

brian.haines@autodesk.com



Mark Evans Product Manager

mark.evans@autodesk.com
*melanie stone
Message 2 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

02-02-2006 11:17 AM in reply to: jdunleavy1
I know this only went public like when? a month ago...

anyone know when we'll start seeing something on the adesk site? product
listing? beta testing? discussion group addition?


wrote in message news:5051318@discussion.autodesk.com...
The following is from the FMDesktop website...

Autodesk, Inc. is pleased to announce today that it has acquired the
majority of Applied Spatial Technologies' assets, including their flagship
software application for facilities management, FMDesktop. This acquisition
signals Autodesk's entry into the facilities management space, and will
enable Autodesk customers including owners and tenants to create, manage and
share building data throughout the entire building lifecycle. Terms of the
acquisition were not disclosed.

"Autodesk is confident that FMDesktop is the right product with the right
vision for our customers," said Jay Bhatt, vice president, Building
Solutions Division, Autodesk. "We are committed to the facilities management
market and will continue to develop new products and services to help space
planners and facility managers realize their ideas."

As part of the acquisition agreement, Autodesk plans to support FMDesktop
customers and honor existing subscription agreements. Both Bob Fahlin and
Dusty Smith will be joining the Autodesk Building Solutions Division team as
part of the acquisition of FMDesktop.

Bob will continue to be heavily involved in the design and enhancement of
both current and future Autodesk Facility solution offerings.

Dusty will join Autodesk in sales and marketing development activities that
will engage, expose and educate the Autodesk user community about the
features, functions and uses for FMDesktop and future FM centric Autodesk
technologies.

Both Dusty and Bob as well as the Autodesk Building Asset Management Team
will be available for any questions you may have regarding transition,
technical support or any other issues or concerns you may have.

Please feel free to direct questions to:

Bob Fahlin

603-206-9146

bob.fahlin@autodesk.com



Dustin Smith

dusty.smith@autodesk.com

603-206-9147



Brian Haines Technical Marketing Manager

603-265-0260

brian.haines@autodesk.com



Mark Evans Product Manager

mark.evans@autodesk.com
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bhaines
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎06-29-2005
Message 3 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

02-02-2006 12:14 PM in reply to: jdunleavy1
Hi Melanie, we are in the process of transitioning FMDesktop into our Building Asset Management Product Portfolio in the Building Solutions Division. Part of this process is integrating FMDesktop into our Autodesk.com website. Currently you can access information at http://www.autodesk.com/bam which will re-direct you to the FMDesktop website which we now own. If you have any specific questions in regards to the products please do not hesitate to ask.

-Brian Haines
Technical Marketing Manager Message was edited by: bhaines
*melanie stone
Message 4 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

02-02-2006 02:09 PM in reply to: jdunleavy1
:smileywink: hesitation is *not* in my vocabulary

Thanks for the quick response.
I know this is sort of a fluff question... but, how would you say this
product will be generally classified?
AEC? Infrastructure? Collaboration? or will Building Asset Management be
it's own sort of show?


wrote in message news:5076030@discussion.autodesk.com...
If you have any specific questions in regards to the products please do not
hesitate to ask.

-Brian Haines
Technical Marketing Manager
Employee
mark.evans
Posts: 119
Registered: ‎12-22-2004
Message 5 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

02-02-2006 02:22 PM in reply to: jdunleavy1
That's not a bad question at all. There are so many legitimate defintions of "FM" around that one must always clarify.

FM Desktop and the Building Asset Management portfolio are concerned about the operation or management of Buildings and their contents and systems. It lives in the Building Solutions Division, so I would pick "AEC" from your question.

One of the reasons we chose the Building Asset Management name for our FM initiative is to help distinguish it from the FM efforts in the Infrastructure division (which deal with things like utility networks and roadways). And as you might suspect, the Collaboration division talks about Facility Management when they consider managing and sharing all the documents related to the management of a portfolio of buildings.


Mark Evans
Senior Product Manager
AEC Division, Simulation Product Line
Autodesk, Inc.

*melanie stone
Message 6 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

02-03-2006 06:07 AM in reply to: jdunleavy1
~nods~ it's one that I've been pondering...

Alright, that answers my question fairly well...

A couple years back when we went to re-review the 'CAFM' thing here, when we
were meeting with the other departments, I made an effort to distinctly say
AM/FM to help everyone keep in mind our different needs. I manage the
facilities and systems, but, the people with the money want to manage
assets.

Can't we do both? :smileywink: Or will we eventually end up having 3 different
programs when we're done? FM:systems to manage the assets (*AEC*) some sort
of inter/intra-net interface for *Collaboration*, and something like
building systems to manage the *Infrastructure*?

~sigh~ Why couldn't I have gone into architecture like my mother wanted? :smileywink:

wrote in message news:5076194@discussion.autodesk.com...
That's not a bad question at all. There are so many legitimate defintions
of "FM" around that one must always clarify.

FM Desktop and the Building Asset Management portfolio are concerned about
the operation or management of Buildings and their contents and systems. It
lives in the Building Solutions Division, so I would pick "AEC" from your
question.

One of the reasons we chose the Building Asset Management name for our FM
initiative is to help distinguish it from the FM efforts in the
Infrastructure division (which deal with things like utility networks and
roadways). And as you might suspect, the Collaboration division talks about
Facility Management when they consider managing and sharing all the
documents related to the management of a portfolio of buildings.
Employee
mark.evans
Posts: 119
Registered: ‎12-22-2004
Message 7 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

02-03-2006 08:28 AM in reply to: jdunleavy1
Good question. It's hard to say how many "programs" a customer would ultimately need without looking at their specific requirements. A good solution would be flexible enough to allow a customer to pick the pieces they need and not have to get the ones they don't -- so multiple programs can be a positive thing. And a good solutions vendor would do their best to make them work well together, wouldn't they?

I can tell you that we are having lots of conversations with our counterparts in the collaboration and infrastructure divisions to address these issues. The answers are somtimes difficult and sometimes hard to achieve among differing priorities and release schedules. But we do have some pretty interesting ideas up our sleeves.


Mark Evans
Senior Product Manager
AEC Division, Simulation Product Line
Autodesk, Inc.

*melanie stone
Message 8 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

02-03-2006 09:27 AM in reply to: jdunleavy1
~nods~ that's the fun part... picking needed pieces *would* be the ideal
situation, as long as they work seamlessly with one another.

I realize there is a lot to work out with first prioritizing needs then
making things work.
well... you know where to find me if you ever want any more opinions on your
'interesting ideas'
:smileywink:

wrote in message news:5076858@discussion.autodesk.com...
Good question. It's hard to say how many "programs" a customer would
ultimately need without looking at their specific requirements. A good
solution would be flexible enough to allow a customer to pick the pieces
they need and not have to get the ones they don't -- so multiple programs
can be a positive thing. And a good solutions vendor would do their best to
make them work well together, wouldn't they?

I can tell you that we are having lots of conversations with our
counterparts in the collaboration and infrastructure divisions to address
these issues. The answers are somtimes difficult and sometimes hard to
achieve among differing priorities and release schedules. But we do have
some pretty interesting ideas up our sleeves.
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robc
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎03-04-2005
Message 9 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

06-30-2006 07:05 AM in reply to: jdunleavy1
Brian.
Hi.
This discussion thread was way back in February...

When can we expect to see something tangible wrt FMD?
All the links still point the Applied Spatial web.
Does Autodesk intend the product to have a future or is it "dead in the water"?

Thanks

Rob
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bhaines
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎06-29-2005
Message 10 of 10 (337 Views)

Re: Autodesk aquires FMDesktop

07-06-2006 06:57 AM in reply to: jdunleavy1
Rob,

We currently own and maintain http://www.fmdesktop.com. We acquired all of the assets for FMDesktop from Applied Spatial however we did not acquire Applied Spatial itself. That website is owned and operated seperately from Autodesk. In the late spring of this year we released FMDesktop Version 6.5 which was essentially an Autodesk Rebranding of the product as well as some minor enhancements. We are putting a tremendous effort into the product and all I can say at this point is stay tuned for some very a very exciting FMDesktop future here at Autodesk. You'll notice that we've begun an FMDesktop specific Discussion Group and we will be fully integrated into the Autodesk.com site in the coming months. That process has already begun in areas such as being listed in the Building Solutions products list, you can lookup a local FMDesktop reseller as well as participate in the FMDesktop Discussion Forum.
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