It's that time of the year again - no, not Mardi Gras -- although Mardi Gras is this week. I am referring to daratechPLANT 2009. The Daratech event is where software providers to the Plant industry, large and small, gather in Houston to showcase the latest in solutions for designing, building and maintaining plants of all types and sizes. I managed to tear myself away from Mardi Gras in New Orleans for this show - here, a photo of me with A.J. Murphy, who is in charge of business development for Autodesk Plant in the Americans. In this picture we are about to enjoy a traditional king cake at my turkey fry. (I have other photos but my editor wouldn't let me post them.)
I believe this is the 7th time I attend Daratech. It has been interesting to see all the changes across the years. When I started attending, there was a focus on software performance and stability -- after all, computers in 2002 didn't have the power we are used to today, and some of the software was a bit raw. Then there was a shift to data lifecycle management engendering the rise of data warehouse solutions. In the last few years the focus has become data exchange and integrated solutions.
Autodesk has been exhibiting for the past several years - this year we are showing Autodesk Inventor 2009, AutoCAD NavisWorks 2009, AutoCAD P&ID 2009, and AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010 Beta 2. We have pods for each application, as well as a demonstration of the integrated solution showing these different applications working together in a plant project environment. . . .ok, I'm going to go back to booth duty. And to stop dreaming about the trouble I won't be getting into Mardi Gras day.