Interoperability is like import and export of data in geospatial world

Interoperability is like import and export of data in geospatial world

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ADN is Autodesk’s partner programme where we collaborate with the professional software developers working with Autodesk’s proper technologies to provide Autodesk’s Softwares to its partners.
Jim Quanci
Director,
Autodesk Developer Network, Autodesk Inc., USA

Q. What is Autodesk Developer Network all about?

A ADN is Autodesk’s partner programme where we collaborate with the professional software developers working with Autodesk’s proper technologies to provide Autodesk’s Softwares to its partners. In ADN, we already have 2900 partners worldwide in almost every country with 500 partners in Asia in specific. It will be helpful for us to develop the one to one relationship with our partners/customers.

Q. Isn’t the royalty required to join Autodesk Developer Network will be a drawback for the developers in the developing countries?

A Since, it is a programme in which we are working with software developers, the royalty varies from 400$ to 5000$ depending on the products required by the Partners. The royalty is needed because we want to make sure that we are working with those people who really want to work with us.

Q. Why is there a difference in the number of partners in Asia and the rest of the world?

A We agree, there is a difference in the number of partners between Asia and the rest of the world. But, there has been a lot of improvement in the number of partners from Asian countries during the last three years, who are showing interest to work with Autodesk. Earlier we had only 18 to 25 partners in countries like China and India, but today it has been increased to 45 to 60 and is expected to reach 70 to 80 in coming years.

Q. How do you compare the popularity of boxed product with a customized one?

A Half of Autodesk customers have add-on applications. But it depends on the country we are working in. If our product is not able to meet the needs of a particular region or country, our local partners help in filling that need. Autodesk’s Map Guide is an example where this can be seen. Most of the times it depends on the customer needs, the geographical or regional need for which our partners most of the times help out the customer.

Q. What is the strategy of Autodesk in particular to Indian Geospatial market?

A We have supporters in India who have helped Autodesk to enter into Geospatial and manufacturing area in a very big way. We have so many opportunities to grow in India with the growing Indian economy. Presently we have around 46 partners for ADN in India, which will be increased to 60-70 during the next year. In the future the partners and the Autodesk business in India will be focused with a new strategy.

Q. Does Autodesk has any future plans releasing products that support various raster applications?

A Autodesk also have software products like Autodesk Map 3D, which are supporting various raster formats for the user to work with the advanced capabilities. The things are changing now with Autodesk being used for diverse applications.

Q. Piracy is a very big issue these days? How has Autodesk planned to tackle this?

A It is our prime job to protect our products from piracies. Since we have regional offices in almost every country, we are planning to tackle this in a hierarchical way, like country-by-country and region-by-region with the help of the local Governments and the local people. Slowly but surely we will be able to avoid the issue of piracy.

Q. Coming to the interoperability issues how do you compare Autodesk products with others?

A Interoperability for a GeoSpatial product (open source technology) is about allowing someone to use data in a specific format ( data) from a number of available choices anywhere and at any time. It is a kind of importing and exporting of data in the Geospatial world.

By looking from the customer’s point of view, the import and export of data is going on well with the Autodesk products. I think the Autodesk products are working well with *.dwg files with *.dwx being a provision for all the publishing products of Autodesk, it allows the user to share the data with other formats.