Friday, April 20, 2007

Autodesk Tech Camp 2007

I just got back from the Technical Camp Autodesk puts on every year for the Channel. This was my first year attending the camp; last year I worked as a proctor for Revit Structure. From the grapvine, I heard it was much better than last year. I was on the BSD Architectural Structural Track, and definitely learned more about the Structural Analysis aspect of the program, as well as small tid bits of information I did not know before. We also had one class on 3D VIZ and I gained some valuable information on how to incorporate a discussion of visualization during my pre-sales presentations.

Overall, I felt Tech Camp was valuable to us as Channel Partners, although there is always room for improvement. I had many discussions with Autodesk AE's on how they can improve the camp for next year, as well as with other AE's throughout the Channel. Many of us agreed that separating the BSD tracks between Architectural, Structural and MEP Engineering would be beneficial, as well as separating the tracks between intermediate and advanced AE's. Lastly, we talked about converting the camp into a campus style organization, simlar to AU. This way, AE's can chose the classes which will be most beneficial to them, depending on their current knowledge of each product.