Just Take Advantage of It

As some­thing of a fol­low-up to Fri­day’s piece on com­pa­nies like Net­flix mov­ing towards con­tent cre­ation and apps on new­er, third-par­ty devices, I not­ed my employ­er’s CEO being quot­ed in a Engi­neer­ing News Record piece on Bent­ley’s recent announce­ments (empha­sis added):

[Greg] Bent­ley cred­it­ed the rapid pro­lif­er­a­tion and repur­pos­ing of con­sumer prod­ucts, such as the iPad, into wire­less­ly con­nect­ed field tools for con­struc­tion as accel­er­ants to the devel­op­ment of new process­es for the col­lec­tion and exchange of project and asset infor­ma­tion. He says it is a “tremen­dous” moment for soft­ware devel­op­ers, who no longer have to strug­gle to find hard­ware capa­ble of sup­port­ing inno­va­tions. “Thank good­ness we don’t have to invent it, just take advan­tage of it,” he said.

Bent­ley does­n’t make any hard­ware and their acqui­si­tions that once did (such as Inter­graph) now exclu­sive­ly sup­port third-par­ty hard­ware. Tak­ing advan­tage of hard­ware on third-par­ty devices to move them into new and cre­ative mar­kets ben­e­fits every­one in that three-par­ty arrange­ment. (via Rick Sta­van­ja)

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