By Clint Brown
I’ve been really excited about Autodesk Fusion Lifecycle since the early days, we’re talking pre-release Autodesk Nexus 360, which went on to become Autodesk PLM 360 and ultimately Fusion Lifecycle.
At Autodesk University in 2011 Autodesk revealed their plans to totally disrupt the PLM market by launching a cloud based PLM solution. At the time, a lot of people were very averse to cloud technologies, or so they thought. Without really realising it, or seeing these services as “cloud Services” they started using products like Dropbox and internet banking to manage very sensitive business data. A lot has changed since 2011, “the cloud” has matured as a concept and services like Microsoft 365 are now common place across companies.
The drive to move more services to the cloud is an interesting one. I remember a time when each of our offices around the country had a server to manage data and emails. With a move to Office 365 and more cloud enabled business systems we have a much smaller IT footprint. Having moved our email to the cloud means that we can access it instantly from anywhere and with little or no downtime in service.
The same goes for Fusion Lifecycle, it’s cloud based, and is available on virtually any internet connected device. There is no bulky server, no install, and it does not have to upgraded manually or have service packs installed to keep it running.
So what exactly does Fusion Lifecycle do? This is the million-dollar question. It’s a process management tool that allows companies to manage virtually any process and connect that process to their existing business systems, like SAP or Autodesk Vault.
A really interesting example of this is a workspace that I built a few years back that allows an Aerospace company to replace a manual paper trail for signing off design changes. These design changes historically took anything from 8 weeks to a year to get signed off across multiple departments. Using Fusion Lifecycle, we transformed this into a simple online workflow, with signoff from key stakeholders on whatever device they choose. The benefit to the business was that they were able to accurately report on the status of each of these design changes, identify any bottlenecks and even set automatic escalations to ensure that somebody signed off the change in the event of the responsible person not responding in a given time frame.
But wait, there’s more! When Autodesk re-branded Fusion Lifecycle, they also launched the Product Innovation Platform. The Product Innovation Platform connects Fusion Lifecycle to Fusion 360 & Fusion Connect.
The video below shows the future of making things, leveraging the Autodesk Product Innovation Platform.