Well, after my FMDesktop RIP post a while back in 2009, I was of the opinion that FMDesktop at Autodesk was pretty much dead in the water.
Well, I am very pleased to say that I have been proved wrong!
It was announced today (14 Jan 2010) that Autodesk have chosen FM:Systems as a CAFM partner to provide transitional support for existing FMDesktop users. FM:Systems are now the named Autodesk Preferred Industry Partner for Facilities Management and will provide an extended support program for Autodesk FMDesktop software products.
This is fantastic news for existing FMDesktop users who had thought that their initial investment was wasted. If you go to the FM:Systems home page (www.fmsystems.com) you will see the link to their FMDesktop Transition Program.
In my humble opinion, this is a shrewd move by Autodesk. Instead of being responsible for the development of the software, FM:Systems are a software vendor in their own right being part of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN) and have a massive amount of knowledge and expertise in the CAFM/IWMS marketplace already.
The future’s bright – the future is FM!
Happy FM’ing (again!)