It’s always a shame when software solutions don’t include all the features you want when you need them the most. Even the larger software companies struggle with implementing new features requested by customers, but why is this such a common problem?
There’s a key metric which software developers use to decide whether or not they proceed with implementing a new feature – it’s called critical mass.
Unfortunately, this metric is something which larger companies use in order to assign resources and develop new features or products and while smaller and mid-sized software businesses are following the same principle, there’s a tiny difference that makes a huge impact depending on the business size.
Smaller development teams can account for more resources in order to create quick iterations that don’t compromise current or future product status. That said, there’s a way that customers can ask for a feature, with a high probability of it being implemented.
Of course, this is not always the case even with smaller companies, because they need to maximise their resources and focus on improving existing features or developing new ones that are critical to driving higher customer adoption.
The agility with which smaller and larger teams move is comparable to a cheetah and a pronghorn racing a short-distance race – with the smaller teams represented by the cheetah, and the larger teams represented by the pronghorn. The cheetah will outperform the pronghorn by far, yet the pronghorn will be the winner over greater distances. Put simply, smaller companies are as agile as a cheetah, but at some point they will inevitably be outsmarted by the resistance of larger businesses.
The power of small
CloudScapes has been a leading landscape architecture software business for over 30 years – pioneering CAD-based solutions which achieve better results in a shorter time frame.
Even though we have always had a relatively small support team around us, our agility has allowed us to reach new heights at paceIn fact, a big strength of our business has been our ability to collaborate with fellow small business owners to harness our collective expertise and create software solutions which anticipate future changes in the landscape industry.
The future looks incredibly exciting, especially for our flagship product ArtisanRV for Revit, with 5 new product integrations on the horizon, including:
- Virtual Reality Bridge
This leading technology will become integral to architectural visualisation, along with real-time rendering software such as Enscape, Twinmotion, eyecad VR, and more. 3D models within Revit will have the capability of being read by VR platforms to generate immersive experiences in record time.
- Real Landscape for 3ds Max
This is one of the most exciting new features in the pipeline – as we prepare to launch something unheard of for ArtisanRV which will allow users to transition from Revit to 3ds Max and create stunning landscape visualisations using realistic vegetation and hardscape models. You will even be able to achieve high quality renders with engines such as Corona Renderer and V-Ray.
- Automated Construction Documentation
Let’s face it, we all want quick access to construction documentation so that we can spend more time designing, estimating, and planning. So with this in mind, one of our priorities is to achieve a high level of automation within Revit so that you can spend more time on the tasks that require the most attention.
- Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
While several tools exist to calculate the energy efficiency of a construction project, the same cannot be said for landscapes. That’s why we’re integrating green building tools into ArtisanRV – enabling landscape architects to calculate key metrics such as CO2 coefficients, air quality indexes and much more. And the best part – you will never have to leave the Revit environment.
- Irrigation Systems
A specialist part of MEP engineering, irrigation systems play an important role within landscape design. We are striving to attain insights from MEP consultants which will allow us to integrate intuitive, fast-model irrigation systems which can be taken to new levels by irrigation experts.
Keeping the vision
We can already see a brighter future for our industry – a future where better results can be achieved in less time, and landscapes are fully integrated into a digital environment while being handled with accuracy on the field.
The next generation of technological innovations will not only change the way you design landscape projects, but will empower you to achieve greater efficiency and profitability across your practice.
Speak to our team to find out more about Artisan RV, as well as our full range of landscape software solutions. Visit https://cloudscapesdesign.com/ for more details.