Correction [12/23]: Per Mike, you can indeed find the white paper on the Autodesk website, on the Map3D white paper page.
I see those “white papers” listed on tech sites - mostly from IBM, Symantec et. al. - and don’t think much about them or their marketing potential. (Worth noting: this discussion of white papers on Ralph Grabowski’s blog. By the way, I’ve written many white papers for my employers and lately, for a variety of clients.)
But today I found this oddly titled white paper on ZDNet (actually, the French version, but it’s on the UK one, too): “Liberating ESRI ArcSDE Geospatial Data with Autodesk Map 3D” Or, maybe the paper is titled, “Autodesk Map 3D 2006 and ESRI ArcSDE Basics” It’s not really clear. Anyway, unlike the more broadly geared papers I’m used to, this is very narrowly focused. How many just regular techies have heard of ArcSDE or Autodesk Map 3D?
Here’s the publisher’s description of the paper:
Many organizations – utilities, telecommunication providers, and government agencies, for example – depend on geospatial data that is stored in a database accessed only by ESRI ArcSDE software. But how can various groups across an organization – such as an engineering staff – obtain the data they need without going through those who have the ESRI software? Autodesk Map® 3D 2006 reduces bottlenecks and data management costs with powerful CAD tools that are familiar to many users in an organization. Map 3D software enables organizations to expand access to the geospatial data that was once available only to GIS professionals using ESRI software.
Learn how organizations can use Map 3D to connect, read, edit, and save data stored in an ESRI Arc SDE spatial database environment with this free white paper, “Autodesk Map 3D 2006 and ESRI ArcSDE Basics.”
The paper is free to download - from ZDNet (free registration required). But in registering you agree that ZD can send your info to the company behind the white paper. Of course, that’s Autodesk. After all that what do you get? A PDF of a white paper. Its title? “Autodesk Map 3D 2006 and ESRI ArcSDE Basics” It’s 22 pages, dated 2005, and has no assigned author. It’s basically a “how to” of how to use AutoCAD Map 3d to connect to ArcSDE and use it to edit data and put it back.
It seems you can download the paper from several spots where ZD spreads its content on the Web. Strangely, you can’t download the paper from Autodesk’s ISD white paper website.