Monday, July 28, 2008

Rockstar Families - From zero to hero, headache included free of charge

Friday I stayed at the office till after 7. There was another push to be made, another power ten to take. I've been working on this training concept for the last 6 months, Rockstar Families. Take a moment with me to remember the days when you set your own goals and aspirations. This was and still is a goal, a journey I intend to complete. I started this journey about 3 years ago, giving free online demos on Revit. I'm not sure just how many presentations I’ve given. What I do know is over the last 6 months I’ve presented well over a hundred hours of web based training.

BMSS was the test drive for all my online training series; I knew that it was critical to the industry. This year was the right time for most BIM managers, who cared if it was the right time for me. While building BMSS this spring I had 3 jobs, taught 2 college classes, drove over 500 miles a week, continued playing sports and somehow got some sleep. That was crazy; add trying to come up with topics, build the content, and then present it. I mangaged to survive and so did the BIM managers who attended the training.

Rockstar Families, another brain child of mine. I was not alone; I had some great input from people like Blaine, Micah, Shobhit and other people in the industry. Wait, here is where I have to plug Pyatok Architects, Inc. This company brought me in for a day of Families training, a special thanks needs to go out to them. That class made a huge impact on how I’ll present Revit Families from now on. Everyone who attends any of the families training should take a second to thank all the wonderful people at that company! Not only are they implementing Revit correctly, they are making impact in their community (look at their projects). ~ Thank you Caroline ~

Back to Rockstar Families. I've lost count of the hours I've spent sweating over what to cover, how to cover it and in what order. Friday, the full outline was done. Today all the Key Points for basic Families is done. It's going to happen! Really it's going to happen!

Keep an eye out for the email invitations.

You ever have a huge burden lifted, only to realize it's to be replaced with an even more important/heavier task?

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


Friday, July 25, 2008

A new Day Dawns

It’s been 4 hours and 11 days since the move. WOW!

Over the last few days I heard some great quotes that sum up what just happened in CA:
I’d like to share two that explain what we have done.

"With a stroke of a pen, we took over the west coast. "

"overnight, we became the biggest player on the west coast"

Now let me turn this personal. For those out there who worked with CVIS over the years; you win. For those of you who worked with Microdesk over the years, you win. For all others…. It may be time to take a look at what we have to offer you.

"The Brain" said it best though:
Pinky: "Gee Brain, what do you want to do tonight?"
The Brain: "The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world"

The people here at Microdesk, awesome! I work out of our Irvine office and it has been a blast. An office full of witty people who are just as quick to laugh as they are to close a deal or solve a problem. Having worked in the same company for almost a decade I was well entrenched in the company culture and relationships. Moving to another company was, I thought, going to be strange. Not the case here; it’s great to walk into an office full of high energy people full of smiles and stories.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

CVIS Joins Microdesk

AECO industry consultant Microdesk announced today that it has reached an agreement with Central Visual Information Systems, Inc. (CVIS) to acquire the business assets of the Los Angeles-based architectural and civil engineering consulting firm. As part of the deal, Microdesk will be adding 19 CVIS employees and an office in Fresno, California to its growing west coast operations.
According to Microdesk principal and partner Michael DeLacey, “The CVIS addition forms the strongest partner on the west coast and will enable us to better serve our combined customer base in California. This combination of resources will make it easier for architects, engineers, construction companies, owners and operators to get the products and services they need.”
"By adding CVIS’s sales and technical resources, along with its Fresno office, to our existing organization, Microdesk is now positioned to provide an expanded set of solutions based on Autodesk, ESRI, Google, and Adobe products along with the services, and training for these solutions to the entire state of California,” says Roger Charbonneau, Manager of West Coast Operations for Microdesk. “The combined resources of these two companies will now provide California with the most comprehensive support, implementation, training, and development resources available.”

CVIS’s Newport Beach office will be moved into Microdesk’s Irvine location at One Technology Drive and the Livermore office will be combined with Microdesk’s San Francisco office at 425 Market Street.

Microdesk provides business process, information technology, and software consulting to the architectural, engineering, construction, and facility operations industries. Its services also include commercial-level desktop and web-based software development for geographical information systems and building facilities management.
Microdesk, a leading Autodesk partner, is part of the Autodesk and ESRI Developer Networks and operates Authorized Training Centers for Google and Autodesk.
Microdesk currently has offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, Fresno, and San Francisco, California, as well as New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC.