2012 – It’s Clearin’ Up!

It's Clearin' Up!

It's Clearin' Up!

2012 – It’s Clearin’ Up!

It’s our slogan for the coming New Year. How do you like it?

This past year’s was; “2011 – Don’t Look Back”. At times, that was difficult, as there wasn’t a whole lot happening in front of us and a fair amount of “old business” vying for our attention.

On the bright side, 2011 was a bad year for Dictators and a good year for the Spirit of Freedom – both abroad and in our own back yards. Other than that, it’s probably not a year we’ll miss.

The origin of our slogan goes back to a week we spent on the island of St. Croix, in the mid 1990’s. It was a gloomy December for what was to be a bright Caribbean getaway. At the slightest appearance of a sunbeam, my wife (ever the optimist) would declare; “It’s clearin’ up!” – and we’d both laugh. That has become our metaphor for “There are better things ahead”, which is why it’s been elevated to annual slogan status.

From a Technological perspective, I feel we are on the verge of some “sunshine”. Tablets, more robust wireless data connections and, ironically, “The Cloud” have allowed many to leave the confines of a traditional workspace and walk in the sun.

Unfortunately, at least in the A/E/C field, what should be virtually seamless still involves too many steps. Many of the requisite dots are in place, but connecting them requires more effort and investment than many firms and end users can afford.

That, I predict, will change in 2012, following some mergers/acquisitions and new product releases. My advice is to pay close attention (or have someone watching on your behalf) and be ready to act quickly when the first rays of opportunity break through. The way we go about our daily business will look much different this time next year.

On a personal level, I hope that 2012 brings you, your family and your firm Health, Happiness and Prosperity. Remember, “It’s Clearin’ Up!”.


P.S. Shameless New Year plug: If you know of anyone looking for an IT / BIM / CAD / Digital Design Leader, either on-board or on a Consulting basis, let me know. Thanks!

About Dave Pluke

Dave Pluke served as "the man behind the curtain" (Principal and VP of Technology) of a successful Structural Engineering firm for over 2 decades. Overseeing the transition from two, stand-alone 80286 Personal Computers, through Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Design to a fully networked, Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrated environment has provided plenty of "life lessons" (sounds better than "battle scars", doesn't it?). This blog's purpose is to share those experiences and apply lessons learned to better assist meeting the challenges of the future.
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