President’s Message: AUGI@AU 2010

November 1st, 2010

We have been planning many things for this year’s Autodesk University – below is a schedule for those of you who are planning to attend AU 2010. This is not an exhaustive list; some events and meetings are still being planned. It’s a busy schedule, for sure, but remember that the opportunity to network and socialize with your fellow AUGI members comes but once a year. Have fun!

Monday, November 29

9:30 am–11:00 am - AUGI Leadership/Local Chapter Presidents Meeting

Tuesday, November 30

4:30 pm–6:00 pm - AUGI International Assembly Meeting
6:00 pm–9:00 pm - International Community Reception (Exhibit Hall)

Wednesday, December 1

6:00 pm–7:00 pm - AUGI Annual Meeting
7:00 pm–10:00 pm - Exhibit Hall Opens / AUGI Annual Beer Bust

Thursday, December 2

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - AUGI Top Daug Finals
12:00 pm–12:30 pm - AUGI Tweetup
1:30 pm–2:30 pm - AUGI Unplugged

If you are at AU 2010, plan to visit us for many events and social opportunities. AUGI will have a booth at AU Virtual – please stop by!

A Refreshed Website

Those who are attending AU will be among the first to learn about our newly developed website. We are in the process of updating our website infrastructure and making some modifications to the interface. The new look and feel will be a variation on the current theme but the back side will be totally enhanced.

We are working with a web design firm named Encaffeinated. Their team of web developers has provided design and technology direction so that the end result will be based on a new CMS called Expression Engine. This CMS will allow much easier content modifications and enhancement. We will also be replacing our existing Forums with the Expression Engine Forums.

We are pressing toward a launch date at AU2010. Not all functionality will be in place at that time, but will soon be added.

In the initial launch, the website will include:

  • New Forums
  • Language-based efforts
  • Country Chapter sites
  • Local Chapter infrastructure
  • Education
  • Survey archives
  • Publications
  • Product Communities
  • Link to AUGI Career site

Areas that may not be included in the initial launch will be added as they are needed and developed. Functionality that may not be include in the initial launch, because they are not needed at this specific time, could include the Wish List process, Voting, Surveys, ATP, and possibly others. These will be developed as need and completed in 2011.

We look forward to the launch as this is the culmination of our 2010 Strategic Plan and is evidence of the effort from many to get us to this point.

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About the Authors

Mark Kiker

Mark Kiker has more than 25 years of hands-on experience with technology. He is fully versed in every area of management from deployment planning, installation, and configuration to training and strategic planning.  As an internationally known speaker and writer, he is a returning speaker at Autodesk University since 1996.Mark is currently serving as Director of IT for SIATech, a non-profit public charter high school focused on dropout recovery. He maintains two blog sites, www.caddmanager.com and www.bimmanager.com.

 

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