By DE Editors
Autodesk, Inc. has announced that Autodesk Vault 2012 software now works with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 to facilitate access to design information across the enterprise. Autodesk’s data management software works with the Microsoft collaboration platform to simplify business intelligence, content management, search and sharing functions for intranet and Internet sites.
“Autodesk Vault works with SharePoint 2010 to help enterprises be more productive and profitable by facilitating sharing of and access to information throughout the lifecycle of any project,” says aglayan Arkan, general manager, Worldwide Manufacturing & Resources Sector at Microsoft Corp. “Vault provides the world’s designers, architects, engineers, builders and manufacturers with a complete view of their information, while enabling access across the entire organization.”
On any design project, hundreds of people may be using dozens of specialized applications to create thousands of models and drawings. In addition to this design data, a significant amount of “nondesign” information surrounds most projects: contracts, bid documents, photographs, emails and more. Vault, working with Microsoft, promises to provide an extended enterprise — including nondesign professionals — with the ability to share and manage engineering and design data through familiar Microsoft SharePoint 2010 workflows. The solution takes advantage of features and functionality provided in SharePoint 2010 and Autodesk Vault 2012, giving SharePoint 2010 users direct access to engineering and design data within Vault, including search and navigation, and the ability to view and print design data.
Additional benefits include:
- SharePoint 2010 users now have direct access to building information modeling (BIM) and digital prototyping data within Vault and can incorporate it into existing enterprise data, tools and processes.
- Autodesk Vault 2012 users now have the ability to take advantage of the latest social computing enhancements provided in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 through video conferencing, capturing discussions, voting mechanisms, mining expertise and business intelligence.
- Federated searching enables users to do a single search to aggregate results from both SharePoint and Vault applications.
- Allows technology from SharePoint 2010 and Autodesk Vault 2012 that runs on Microsoft Windows-based servers, utilizing Microsoft Web Services and SQL Server technology.
The collaboration between Microsoft and Autodesk extends beyond SharePoint 2010 to Microsoft Office 2010, including Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010.
“More than ever, clear communication and easy access to accurate data are the keys to success for any business,” says Steven Bodnar, vice president of data management at Autodesk. “Competitive enterprises need to collaborate beyond their boundaries in order to strengthen their relationships and cooperation with their customers, partners and vendors. This is especially true for design and manufacturing organizations working with globally distributed teams.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.