by Vladimir Talapov
This is a new issue for us. To be honest, it is a very unpleasant one, since it involves an artificial (aggressive) influence upon economic processes painstakingly organized by the business-community -- bilateral, multilateral, and, in any case, mutually beneficial.
Still sanctions are our today’s reality. Thus, I would like to make a few points.
First. Sanctions are introduced by the governments of some countries and not by software developers. I think that to a greater extent, sanctions are a blow against vendors rather than users, but it is rough luck on both.
Second. Formally, sanctions have not yet affected the design-and-building industry in Russia, and so do not threaten BIM adaption, although it may only be a matter of time.
Third. No software firm is going to take back purchased licenses, so day-to-day work is not coming to a halt.
Forth. The time has come to think seriously as to how efficiently available software is used in our design and building industry, particularly because at the time vast sums of money were spent to purchase it. Based on the experience, I dare say that software is employed to no more than 20% of its capabilities. Becoming better at mastering the available programs and optimizing their operational procedures (sometimes even just developing such procedures) coupled with cutting down on the cost of acquiring new programs (as they are already purchased) forms significant resources for advancing design and building industry in Russia.
Fifth (and the most important). Sanctions create truly unique conditions for developing Russian programs, particularly in BIM. I have no doubt that such developments will happen. It is simply a must.
Cloud Technologies and Sanctions
The cloud is entering our lives, but rather slowly. I am aware that many have tried to use them, first of all for visualizing.
I think, however, that in light of the recent sanction wars, we shall have to forget about cloud technologies for several years. It is unlikely that any serious organization would wish to lose control over its information and risk “foreign switching-off” of access to software resources.
[Reprinted with permission of isicad.net]