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If you’ve been following this blog over the last few months, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been traveling. A LOT. In all, I attended 4 user conferences and 3 other meetings in 5 weeks. Aside from the surreality of bouncing between Orlando, Las Vegas...

Altair’s building something big

Last week, I spent several days with Altair and its customers in Orlando — I’m not sure how, but I’ve managed to miss all previous HyperWorks user conferences and was excited to see what Altair is all about. I came away very impressed, both with the...

PP&M: Solving Complex Problems

My head is spinning after 2+ days at Hexagon’s first user conference since the close of the Intergraph acquisition. This is one complicated company!  First, a couple of general impressions, then some detail from the PP&M keynotes. I attended Monday’s investor...

Hexagon: €3.5 Billion by 2015

Hexagon held a Capital Markets Day for investors today and laid out its goals for the next 5 years — they’re ambitious but the company says they are attainable. And CEO Ola Rollén has a plan if there’s another recession. But before the financials, a bit of what...

Bentley shows what’s possible

Let’s just get it out there: I love user conferences. The marketing hype, neat stuff in the vendor/sponsor area, new product announcements, a motivational speaker … the whole thing. The best part, though, is hanging out with users. I talk to users all year long...

COFES 2011: desert, ideas and horses

For those who have never attended, COFES is hard to describe. It’s a mix of conference sessions, facilitated discussions and informal chats that disrupt those poor folks who came to a resort in the Arizona desert for sun and swimming pools. It’s not about product...

Channels, plants and innovation

I am on quite the road trip —won’t be back in the office for a few more days— and my head is spinning from all I’ve learned. The next few posts will be my attempt to recap and set it all into context for those of you not at the Autodesk Channel Summit,...

COFES 2010: Mike Payne responds

A few days ago, I posted a few thoughts about this year’s COFES, including my take on a brief presentation given by Mike Payne. Mike graciously responded and below is his email in its entirety. He makes a number of good points: Monica, I had condensed the talk down to...

COFES 2010: Clouds, ashes and the future

COFES is always interesting (I’ve only been twice, so “always” is a relative term). Get 200-300 CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM/PLM people together at a resort in the Arizona desert for 3 days. Set up a few ballroom speeches and a lot of informal discussion sessions in the resort’s...

Boston Scientific gets innovative

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to hear Boston Scientific speak about how it sought to build a culture of invention and discovery that leads its various businesses to successful new products. Randy Schiestl, VP R&D, and Jude Currier, cardiovascular...