Autodesk lays out multi-year plan to unify its cloud software products

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Oct 5 (Reuters) – Autodesk Inc (ADSK.O) on Tuesday laid out a five-year plan at its annual shopper conference to put all of its software products on a single set of utilized sciences to greater mix its decisions with one another.

The cloud software company acquired its start inside the Eighties making packages utilized by architects and engineers for computer-assisted design duties. Along with corporations like Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Adobe Inc (ADBE.O), Autodesk has been one in every of many few enterprise software corporations based mostly inside the non-public laptop interval, when prospects paid large upfront prices for software, to effectively make the soar to cloud computing, the place prospects pay via a subscription.

While Autodesk navigated the enterprise model transition, Chief Executive Andrew Anagnost knowledgeable Reuters on Sept. 21 the company nonetheless has work to do on the know-how that helps its products. The agency has scores of varied software titles utilized by completely different types of architects, engineers and designers – and by no means all of them share information merely.

For occasion, Anagnost talked about, an architect might use one in all Autodesk’s products to design an metropolis skyscraper, whereas a civil engineer might use a singular product to design a subway station that sits beneath the two.

“These two products don’t talk together at a fidelity that makes it easy for them to merge those two views of the world into one view without doing some intermediate work,” Anagnost talked about. “We want to take away that complexity.”

Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; modifying by Diane Craft

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