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Industry Talk    PL9954
Behind the Music (Stories from Vault Users)
Mike Thomas
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Description

Learn from 3 users about the trials and tribulations, the hardships, and the journeys it took for them to successfully implement Vault software. This class will examine the compelling stories of the successes, tragedies, and triumphs of the companies in their implementation. We will highlight 3 sizes of Vault software implementations—small, medium, and large. Once each story is told, the panel will be set up for questions and answers.

Key Learnings

  • Learn how to successfully implement Vault software specific to your organization's needs
  • Learn how to increase productivity by utilizing powerful Vault software functionality that does the work for you
  • Discover tasks, tools, and resources required to properly implement Vault
  • Learn how to analyze your environment based on the lessons learned and how to identify risk in an early stage or phase

Speakers

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Mike spent the first 12-years of his career in the Autodesk channel working for an Autodesk reseller as an Application Specialist. During his travels, he was very fortunate to help solve many issues utilizing Autodesk software. Mike has been using AutoCAD since r13, cut his solid modeling teeth on Mechanical Desktop, and has been using Inventor since before it was known as Inventor. Data Management has always been a big part of his professional life, for the most part with Autodesk Vault. Now he is the Technical Services Manager at Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg (www.pmparts.com) a mining equipment manufacturer. Reporting to the general manager, Mike is responsible for overseeing the company's technical operations and the strategic technical growth. His primary duties include the ongoing support of critical computer systems and programs and the interactions between departments.
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I am the CAD department supervisor at Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing in St. Louis, Michigan. I have been working as a mechanical designer and drafter for more than 20 years, using Autodesk, Inc., products for the majority of that time. For the last several years, I have been the lead CAD technician and Vault software administrator at Powell Fab. I have been implementing changes to the company’s document management procedures using Vault Professional software as the main system for life cycle and revision control, and have implimented engineering change orders to control all drawing changes. I was inducted in the first class of Autodesk Expert Elites for my activity on the Autodesk discussion forums and social media, and for my CAD Tips, Tricks & Workarounds blog. I've spoken at Autodesk University 3 times, including a trip to Moscow in 2014 to speak at AU Russia. My specialties are Inventor Tube & Pipe and Frame Generator, Content Center and Vault Professional.
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