COFES Russia 2013 Begins in Peterhof

--Design and engineering software visionaries gather for international Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES) in St. Petersburg, Russia--

St. Petersburg, Peterhof,  Russia, May 30, 2013 – Cyon Research today welcomes attendees to the opening of COFES Russia 2013. The focus of COFES Russia 2013 is the intersection of global trends and the potential for those trends to impact business in Russia. The event is being held May 30-June 1 in Peterhof, Russia at the New Peterhof Hotel.

Widely recognized as a think-tank event, COFES gathers vendors, users, press, and analysts together to discuss the most important issues facing both customers and providers of design and engineering technologies. The event provides a relaxed and informal atmosphere designed to foster thoughtful conversation. Key to the success of COFES is its briefings and roundtable discussions, where participants explore trends and technologies of engineering software that will drive future innovation.

“COFES provides a forum for industry leaders worldwide to gather and discuss the past, present, and future of design and engineering software,” explains Brad Holtz, Cyon Research President and CEO. “COFES Russia 2013 is the first multi-day COFES held outside of the United States. Our goal for this event is to help attendees gain renewed excitement, insights, and opportunities that will advance future software design and engineering worldwide.”

Jack Byers, chief executive officer of VMI (, will give the Friday keynote address: “Past, Present, and Future of Engineering Software.” This presentation will discuss how the next big developments will fuel subsequent generations and present opportunities for Russia and beyond.

Yurii Udaltsov, board member and director of innovation-based development at the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (Rusnano), will give the Saturday keynote, “Investing in Technologies for Innovation”. Udaltsov will discuss Rusnano’s experience in material-based high-tech investment and the role of IT technologies as an enabler of high-tech innovations. In addition Udaltsov’s keynote will focus on integration into the global innovation process, as well as developments in Russia as a potential source of engineering, IT and R&D source for innovation start-ups.

COFES Russia 2013 will follow the format of its parent event, the annual COFES in Arizona. For COFES Russia, the conversation will be bi-lingual (English and Russian with simultaneous translation), focusing on discussions at varying scales. 

COFES Russia participants agree that attending COFES events are invaluable:
  • "Since 2000, Tech Soft 3D has attended COFES events to share ideas and technologies with thought leaders in the industry,” explained Ron Fritz, CEO, Tech Soft 3D. “COFES Russia is a new opportunity to engage with professionals from the rapidly expanding Eastern European market. Through COFES Russia, our goal is to better understand Russia’s specific needs and provide businesses with leading software tools that will help them get innovative products to market faster.” 
  • "The Autodesk Russian office would not miss such an event as COFES Russia,” continued Alexey Ryzhov, Director at Autodesk in Russia and the CIS. “It gives us a rare opportunity to exchange information with CAD ecosystem members--not only from Russia, but also from the entire global community. In disputes, the truth is born. COFES discussions regarding the trends in CAD/PLM stimulate the emergence of new ideas for all market participants, and thereby facilitate its development.
  • “ASCON sees its development on a worldwide scale at the global market,” added Maxim Bogdanov, CEO of ASCON Group. “COFES presents the CAD world market in constant movement—in way place in a concentrated way. Participants discuss future trends, establish new partnerships, test alternative business models, accept or refute new technology solutions. The ability to consider and to implement the insights gained at COFES into products is a valuable advantage for any developer. Thanks to contacts we made at COFES, we have acquired international technology partners, and our users have acquired new products for their developments.”

To view the full agenda of COFES 2013, please visit:

About COFES Russia:
COFES Russia attendees include top managers and experts from leading providers in the fields of BIM/CAD/CAE/DP/PLM, manufacturing, construction and industrial organizations, in addition to analyst, media, and representatives from academia and government. Like all COFES events, COFES Russia is by invitation-only and the number of participants is limited. Interested parties may apply for an invitation to this and future COFES events at (English) or (Russian). 
About COFES:
Now in its 14th year, COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software) is the annual, invitation-only event for the design and engineering software industry. Widely recognized as a think-tank event, COFES gathers design and engineering software leaders (vendors, users, press, and analysts) together to discuss the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of business. COFES is renowned for hosting leading keynote visionaries that provide a new perspective to the future of the industry. COFES is a Cyon Research event.

About Cyon Research:
Cyon Research is a think-tank covering analysis of the engineering technology and software markets. Cyon Research provides key information, research, analysis, brainstorming, and consulting to its clients worldwide. Their focus is on the tools, processes, and procedures used in design and manufacturing, construction, and management.

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