Customer Use Cases
Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what Autodesk customers are doing with Autodesk software.
Autodesk University is a series of conferences where thousands of professionals from the architecture, design, manufacturing, and media industries meet for learning and skills development through classes, workshops, presentations, and interactive galleries. Autodesk uses Amazon WorkSpaces to run on-site training labs at its Autodesk University events. Instead of renting physical hardware, Autodesk uses Amazon WorkSpaces to host its virtual workstations on low-cost zero clients, improving setup efficiency, reducing its carbon footprint, and saving money.
“We were able to use Amazon WorkSpaces to help us get a new, Master’s level course up and running in less than three weeks and provide students with access to industry-relevant applications integrated into the course and labwork. With this approach, students get real hands-on experience, using real industry tools with Amazon WorkSpaces. They aren’t just taking notes in class, but following me in real time. It gets rid of traditional classroom barriers. With Amazon WorkSpaces, students can study and work together on their projects anywhere, on Macs, PCs, and tablets. The flexibility for them is the icing on the cake. We can rethink how we teach with Amazon WorkSpaces. We can offer more to students – more interesting class content and more interactivity – without adding complexity for instructors. The sky is the limit.”
- Jeff Christen, Instructor, Cornell University
Melbourne Business School (MBS) is the graduate business school of the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The Master of Business Analytics course is ranked #5 in the world, and provides students with skills and knowledge to become data scientists who can transform the way decisions are made in business.
“Delivering our Masters of Business Analytics content using Amazon WorkSpaces for our students dramatically improved performance. Before, the environment was slow due to an aging infrastructure and incompatible software on devices. Over three years, we’ve had consistent uptime of 99.89%. Now, delivery of SAS within the course is as smooth as smooth can be,”
- Professor Ujwal Kayande, Director, Centre for Business Analytics and Associate Dean (Academic) at Melbourne Business School.
The Singapore campus of James Cook University offers a suite of university-level programs covering the areas of Business, Information Technology, Psychology, Education, Accounting, Arts, Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Games Design, Tourism, and Hospitality.
“We needed things like speed, security, and scalability. With AWS, we were able to provide students all of this in a consistent, reliable manner. Services have greatly improved and we can now guarantee quicker roll-out, consistent performance, and, at the same time, have the flexibility to access lab content from anywhere,” said Vijay. “By taking advantage of hourly billing, there was also better visibility of spend, as we paid only for what we used.”
- Vijay Vikram Shreenivos, Senior Manager, Information and Communications Technology.
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a private research school that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs from its eight colleges and schools including business, engineering, law, arts and sciences, dentistry, social work, nursing, and medicine
“Historically, managing scientific workloads and applications on Linux platforms has been a huge challenge for us. Supporting the wide range of Linux desktop configurations our students run adds a layer of complexity, because they’re hard to set-up and time-consuming to manage. With Amazon Linux WorkSpaces, we can focus on providing our students with the powerful tooling they need for their next research and development project, rather than focusing on how to get Linux to work on their workstations.”
- Jeffrey Gumpf, Chief IT Architect, Case Western University
Yamaha Motor Company is best known for its extensive line of motorcycles, but the company also makes scooters, ATVs, outboard engines, motorized bicycles, golf carts, snowmobiles, and other multi-purpose engines.
“With Amazon WorkSpaces, we no longer need to worry about the inevitable virtual desktop infrastructure refresh cycle because our desktops run securely on the AWS cloud. Performance and stability is better than before, and we were able to introduce the solution quickly. Best of all, Amazon WorkSpaces did not require any upfront investment, and we pay only for what we use. We are now working to retire our on-premises VDI solution entirely.”
– HARAKO, Taku, Senior Supervisor – IT Technology Strategy Group, Process & IT Division, Corporate Planning & Finance Center, YAMAHA MOTOR CO., LTD.
Endemol Shine Nederland is a world leading creator, producer, and distributor of multiplatform entertainment with a portfolio that includes American Idol, Big Brother, MasterChef, Man vs. Food, The Biggest Loser, and Wipeout.
“With Amazon WorkSpaces, we can provide new workers with a Windows desktop and the applications they need within hours instead of days. Amazon WorkSpaces makes it easy for workers to use their preferred device and for Endemol Shine Nederland to maintain our security requirements. Because Amazon WorkSpaces is cost effective and requires no upfront payment, we have been able to save 30 percent of our desktop operations costs and 70 percent on capital expenditure.”
– Leon Backbier, IT Manager, Endemol Shine Nederland.
The Louisiana Department of Corrections is responsible for the custody and care of adult offenders across the state of Louisiana.
The department wanted to launch a broader education program to give inmates better employment opportunities the day they are released. To implement this program, the department turned to ATLO Software running on Amazon WorkSpaces cloud desktops. The solution allows the department to quickly get training labs up and running, which means they can provide secure education solutions for inmate in a cost-effective way. You can read the full case study here.
Corte dei conti (Cdc), or the Court of Auditors, is responsible for auditing and overseeing the accounts and budgets of all public institutions in Italy.
Corte dei conti (Cdc), or the Court of Auditors, is responsible for auditing and overseeing the accounts and budgets of all public institutions in Italy. Cdc wanted to move away from time-consuming management of physical IT, and change the way their 3,000-plus employees work, enabling them to access applications from anywhere, on any device, while ensuring that the safety of data was not jeopardized. To implement this program, Cdc turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and AWS Advanced Consulting Partner XPeppers to adopt a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution based on Amazon WorkSpaces. The solution allows Cdc to meet Italian government security and compliance regulations, improve productivity, speed up decision making, and manage costs. You can read the full case study here.
CMC Property Services provides commercial property services across Australia and New Zealand, serving customers in the commercial, government and education sectors.
“Amazon WorkSpaces allows us to quickly add new office locations and facilities support staff, which are required to successfully grow our business. In the past, opening a new office required a significant IT capex investment and took three to six months of planning. With Amazon WorkSpaces, we are able to save money on capex, and we can open a new location in days. Amazon Web Services has helped us accelerate the pace of growth for our business.”
– Elly Krommidas, Managing Director, CMC Property Services.
ISSI Corp. is a subsidiary of Philippine-based Standard Insurance, providing outsourcing services to US insurance companies.
ISSI migrated from physical desktops to Amazon Workspaces as its primary virtual desktop solution. These virtual desktops are linked to its clients’ insurance systems via a secure connection to US insurance data centers. By adopting Amazon Workspaces, it has reduced desktop maintenance to minutes instead of hours, and now it takes 20 minutes on average to provision a new workspace. As a business process outsourcing company, ISSI Corp. has simplified its IT needs by using Amazon Workspaces in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), essentially lowering its CAPEX requirements by 25 percent in a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Running Amazon Workspaces has also given ISSI Corp. an added benefit: it meets Business Continuity Program-readiness as its workforce can easily log into their Amazon Workspaces and serve customers from their other offices.
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