My Visit to Autodesk University: Technology—It’s Really About the People and Asking the Right Questions

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 by Dan Bayer

Autodesk University (AU) is a premier software technology, training, networking and innovation event attended by technology leaders representing the best organizations in the world. Ideas, innovations, tips and tricks are shared at this open forum event that raises the professional expertise of its attendees and promotes a forward-thinking approach to address challenges in our industries, communities, countries and the world.

I always leave AU feeling motivated, like my batteries have been recharged. AU prepares me for the challenges that lie ahead in the next eleven months. Equally as important is that it serves as a litmus test to gauge our company’s approach relative to those in our industry worldwide.

There is no limit to what can be achieved when we articulate a challenge, define solutions and put a plan into action. It’s just a matter of taking a moment to pause and look at the world around us and ask the right questions:

  • What are we missing?
  • Is accepting the status quo the order of the day?
  • Is it possible to step out of the daily grind and ask: “How can I make a difference in the life of one person today?”

I think it is possible to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Today is a new day, a chance to begin again, a chance to look at the world around us and see the opportunities that exist.

Autodesk is a design software company serving numerous industries. What’s the value proposition in investing in people to become forward thinkers/innovators? Honestly, I think they get it. They understand that it’s about the people, their lives, their industries, their communities, and the positive effect they can have on the world. Software is simply the tool.


About Dan Bayer

Dan Bayer has more than 13 years of experience in Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies implementation and education in organizations nationally. He focuses on the communication and collaboration aspects of BIM with design partners, building owners, and subcontractors through the construction process, as well as the research/development of BIM technologies to optimize Miron’s internal BIM processes.

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