Yesterday I blogged about the difference between when a technology preview graduates versus when it retires.
The Autodesk fiscal year runs from February 1 to January 31. So right now we are in FY16 that ends on January 31, 2016.
For this fiscal year we have had some retirements:
- Project Gaudi structural geometry generator and analysis engine for use as a Rhino plug-in
- Project Bluestreak AEC project management communication
- Item Number Resequencing for AutoCAD Electrical
- Project Energy Cost Range estimation service
- Project Rosenfeld for rapid energy analysis in the field
but many more graduates:
- Project AutoCASE for stormwater management
- Project Memento mesh fixing
- Project Commuter for InfraWorks 360
- FABmep Import for Revit MEP
- 2D to 3D Tool for Inventor 2015
- Project Octopus for Robot Structural Analysis Microsoft Excel integration
- Project Shapeshifter 3D modeling and 3D printing
- Project Green Stormwater Infrastructure
- Autodesk Innovation Genome
- Robot AdvanceSteel Link for Robot Structural Analysis and Advance Steel
- Autodesk Seek for Autodesk Revit
If you do the math, you can see that the graduation rate this year is 69%. Autodesk Labs has been in operation in earnest for 9 years (with FY16 still in progress).
Historically the graduation rate is 67%.
The Autodesk Labs Community consists of early adopters. These are people who are willing to learn and try new things. So while a 67% graduation rate provides a level of comfort to community members that if they bother to learn and try a new technology, there is a good chance it will not get killed — i.e., the rug being pulled out from under them so to speak — after they have spent so much time on it, it means Autodesk is not being bold enough. Perhaps the rate should be more like 50%? We need to try far-reaching things whose time may not yet have come. So I will be encouraging the divisions to use Autodesk Labs as a place to try their wildest ideas. We invite you to join us in this endeavor.
Our report card is alive in the lab.