Autodesk Outlines Business Strategy During Address to Investors

Company Will Introduce a New Subscription Program to Simplify Software

Delivery



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ADSK) today will
 address more than 60 institutional investors at the company's annual Investor
 Day, during which Autodesk will outline its business strategy for 2001 and
 beyond. Autodesk will also announce plans to launch a new subscription-based
 software delivery service that will make it easier for customers to receive
 new software solutions and enhancements.
     /Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000518/SFTH083LOGO
 
     Investor Day Highlights
     Autodesk executives' remarks today will focus on the company's efforts to
 leverage digital design data to improve customers' business processes by
 combining the power of the desktop with the power of the Internet. Autodesk's
 industry-focused design solutions go beyond design creation to connect project
 teams and move design data across customers' value chains. In addition,
 Autodesk will outline its strategies to improve existing design solutions,
 grow its new Autodesk Location Services division, and leverage new software
 delivery options.
 
     During the conference, Autodesk executives will discuss:
 
     -- Process-centric technology architectures for new products including
        Autodesk Streamline, Autodesk Architectural Studio and Autodesk
        LocationLogic.
     -- Continuing customer demand for Autodesk's productivity enhancing
        solutions, despite uncertain economic conditions.
     -- A focus on helping customers not only to create, but also to manage and
        use design data.
     -- A sales strategy that adds direct global and major account sales and
        e-commerce to Autodesk's powerful reseller network.
     -- A move toward new software delivery services that include subscription,
        hosting and rental.
 
     A live web-cast of the Investor Day remarks will begin at 9:00 AM EDT and
 will be available at http://www.autodesk.com/investor. The event will be
 archived and available until May 15, 2000.
 
     The New Autodesk Subscription Program
     The new Autodesk Subscription Program gives customers quick-and-easy
 access to the latest Autodesk(R) software and automatic access to modular
 enhancements, also known as extensions. The program includes access to
 e-Learning modules that make it easier for customers to learn and effectively
 use the extensions. Customers and IT managers will be able to simply manage
 subscriptions using a lifetime single user number on the Autodesk Point A
 design portal. Online technical support will be available as an option.
     Autodesk developed its new subscription program in response to customer
 demand for a simpler way to receive Autodesk software and support.
 Subscriptions provide an alternative to occasional upgrading, which often
 results in significant downtime and a steep learning curve.
     Jeffrey Tarter, publisher of Soft letter, a leading software industry
 newsletter, is one of several analysts who endorse the
 software-by-subscription model. "The Internet has made traditional disk-based
 upgrades an anachronism," he says. "Shipping a brand-new version every two
 years is inefficient for both users and publishers, and it virtually
 guarantees compatibility problems and support headaches. I believe software
 will ultimately turn into a service, as dependable and hassle-free as
 telephone networks, and Autodesk is doing a great job delivering on that
 vision."
     The Autodesk Subscription Program provides significant benefits for
 Autodesk and its channel partners. Because customers will sign up for the
 program on an annual basis, revenue will become more consistent and
 predictable. Customer adoption should increase, as new technology will be
 delivered over time, through modular extensions that are completely compatible
 with existing programs and easier to implement and learn. By providing a
 single point of access through the Autodesk Point A portal, Autodesk also
 expects to forge closer relationships with customers.
     The Autodesk Subscription Program will be available through all Autodesk
 sales channels and for most Autodesk design solutions. The program will be
 implemented in phases, beginning with the Americas in the summer of 2001.
 Subscriptions will become available in Europe at the end of the year and in
 Asia Pacific early in 2002.
 
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk is the world's leading design software and digital content
 company for architectural design and land development, manufacturing,
 utilities, telecommunications, and media and entertainment. Founded in 1982,
 Autodesk provides design software, Internet portal services, wireless
 development platforms and point-of-location applications that empower more
 than four million customers in over 150 countries to drive business and remain
 competitive. For more information, contact any Authorized Autodesk Reseller,
 call Autodesk at 800-964-6432, or visit www.autodesk.com. Discreet(TM) product
 information is available at 800-869-3504 or via the Web at www.discreet.com.
     NOTE:  Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, and AutoCAD are registered trademarks
 of Autodesk, Inc. in the United States and/or certain other countries. All
 other brand names, product names, or trademarks are used solely for the
 purpose of identification and belong to their respective holders.
 
 

SOURCE Autodesk, Inc.
    NEW YORK, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ADSK) today will
 address more than 60 institutional investors at the company's annual Investor
 Day, during which Autodesk will outline its business strategy for 2001 and
 beyond. Autodesk will also announce plans to launch a new subscription-based
 software delivery service that will make it easier for customers to receive
 new software solutions and enhancements.
     /Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000518/SFTH083LOGO
 
     Investor Day Highlights
     Autodesk executives' remarks today will focus on the company's efforts to
 leverage digital design data to improve customers' business processes by
 combining the power of the desktop with the power of the Internet. Autodesk's
 industry-focused design solutions go beyond design creation to connect project
 teams and move design data across customers' value chains. In addition,
 Autodesk will outline its strategies to improve existing design solutions,
 grow its new Autodesk Location Services division, and leverage new software
 delivery options.
 
     During the conference, Autodesk executives will discuss:
 
     -- Process-centric technology architectures for new products including
        Autodesk Streamline, Autodesk Architectural Studio and Autodesk
        LocationLogic.
     -- Continuing customer demand for Autodesk's productivity enhancing
        solutions, despite uncertain economic conditions.
     -- A focus on helping customers not only to create, but also to manage and
        use design data.
     -- A sales strategy that adds direct global and major account sales and
        e-commerce to Autodesk's powerful reseller network.
     -- A move toward new software delivery services that include subscription,
        hosting and rental.
 
     A live web-cast of the Investor Day remarks will begin at 9:00 AM EDT and
 will be available at http://www.autodesk.com/investor. The event will be
 archived and available until May 15, 2000.
 
     The New Autodesk Subscription Program
     The new Autodesk Subscription Program gives customers quick-and-easy
 access to the latest Autodesk(R) software and automatic access to modular
 enhancements, also known as extensions. The program includes access to
 e-Learning modules that make it easier for customers to learn and effectively
 use the extensions. Customers and IT managers will be able to simply manage
 subscriptions using a lifetime single user number on the Autodesk Point A
 design portal. Online technical support will be available as an option.
     Autodesk developed its new subscription program in response to customer
 demand for a simpler way to receive Autodesk software and support.
 Subscriptions provide an alternative to occasional upgrading, which often
 results in significant downtime and a steep learning curve.
     Jeffrey Tarter, publisher of Soft letter, a leading software industry
 newsletter, is one of several analysts who endorse the
 software-by-subscription model. "The Internet has made traditional disk-based
 upgrades an anachronism," he says. "Shipping a brand-new version every two
 years is inefficient for both users and publishers, and it virtually
 guarantees compatibility problems and support headaches. I believe software
 will ultimately turn into a service, as dependable and hassle-free as
 telephone networks, and Autodesk is doing a great job delivering on that
 vision."
     The Autodesk Subscription Program provides significant benefits for
 Autodesk and its channel partners. Because customers will sign up for the
 program on an annual basis, revenue will become more consistent and
 predictable. Customer adoption should increase, as new technology will be
 delivered over time, through modular extensions that are completely compatible
 with existing programs and easier to implement and learn. By providing a
 single point of access through the Autodesk Point A portal, Autodesk also
 expects to forge closer relationships with customers.
     The Autodesk Subscription Program will be available through all Autodesk
 sales channels and for most Autodesk design solutions. The program will be
 implemented in phases, beginning with the Americas in the summer of 2001.
 Subscriptions will become available in Europe at the end of the year and in
 Asia Pacific early in 2002.
 
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk is the world's leading design software and digital content
 company for architectural design and land development, manufacturing,
 utilities, telecommunications, and media and entertainment. Founded in 1982,
 Autodesk provides design software, Internet portal services, wireless
 development platforms and point-of-location applications that empower more
 than four million customers in over 150 countries to drive business and remain
 competitive. For more information, contact any Authorized Autodesk Reseller,
 call Autodesk at 800-964-6432, or visit www.autodesk.com. Discreet(TM) product
 information is available at 800-869-3504 or via the Web at www.discreet.com.
     NOTE:  Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, and AutoCAD are registered trademarks
 of Autodesk, Inc. in the United States and/or certain other countries. All
 other brand names, product names, or trademarks are used solely for the
 purpose of identification and belong to their respective holders.
 
 SOURCE  Autodesk, Inc.