Virtual conference: as good as being there?

Last week I attended my first virtual conference: Powering the Computational Ecosystem.  From a technological, gee-whiz aspect, it was very cool:  On24, an online event producer, created a virtual conference venue, complete with lobby, exhibit hall and auditorium....

Catching Up: Bentley, Intergraph, PTC, Siemens and COFES

I may be quite busy and on travel, but the engineering software world rolls on. A couple of interesting tidbits: – According to Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, engineering software provides significant return on investment by improving standards of living...

Trip Report: Arizona in April

– is lovely. Stark brown scrubby hills surrounding the city of Phoenix — which stretches onforever. I will definitely go back to climb some of those hills someday, if I can convincemyself that the scorpions and rattlers are more afraid of me than I of...

Take-aways from Autodesk Investor Day

I was unable to listen to the entire day, but found the following particularly interesting: – Autodesk is trying to help its channel partners make it to the other end of the recession, inpart by reducing the inventory they have to hold in order to remain...

CD-adapco sales up 22% last year – and so far this year

We’re not quite done with earnings announcements, it appears. And maybe 2009 won’t bethe disaster everyone forecasts. CD-adapco President Steve MacDonald said the followingat the company’s annual European user conference: “In the midst of constant...

Bentley moves user conference online

It’s official: citing cuts in its customers’ travel budgets, Bentley has moved its userconference online, reframing the content as a series of webinars. Given the cost toBentley to stage the annual extravaganza, this only makes sense, as its revenue is...

Invention Machine wants to help you innovate

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...

Autodesk acquires iLogic rules-based design software

All user conference come with a blizzard of press releases, and this one almost got lost:Autodesk has announced its intention to acquire iLogic from Logimetrix, a softwarecompany that is part of Cypher Systems Group, a large Canadian developer of businessprocess...

Autodesk University: 10,000 stories

Autodesk University was, as always, overwhelming. Perhaps nine or ten thousand people at the Las Vegas Venetian Resort’s convention center, attending any one of several dozen sessions going at any one time. I tried to hit as many as sessions possible, but could only...
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