by Amy A. Rowell

Change, it seems, is in the air.

As many of you may have heard by now, there's been quite a bit happening behind the scenes in the CAD industry during these past few months. Bruce Jenkins, an extremely well liked and highly respected analyst for Daratech, has left his post there after more than 15 years with the company. Marketing executive Tom Greaves also made the decision to leave Daratech earlier this summer, and most recently, Bob Bean, president and CEO of CADKEY, was offered a buyout deal by IMSI, the makers of TurboCAD.

Well, there are some changes afoot at MCADCafe, too. For one, this week I will be turning over the management of the MCADCafe site, and the publication of MCADWeekly to long time friend and colleague, Jeffrey Rowe. Jeff is an accomplished CAD professional with over 25 years of experience in mechanical design, engineering and manufacturing. He has authored over 500 articles for various trade journals and CAD publications, and, in fact, you have probably read articles written by Jeff that appeared in the online magazine, MCADVision, which was published by MCADCafe for several years. Jeff holds a degree in Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University. He is an excellent candidate for this position, and will, I know, serve the readers of MCADCafe, well.

As to my own new directions, effective September 1st, I accepted a position as a full-time industry analyst and editor for Cyon Research, a highly respected research and consulting firm serving the engineering technology market. Founded in October of 1999 by industry analysts and consultants Brad Holtz, Joel Orr, and Evan Yares, Cyon Research is perhaps best known as the organization responsible for launching a new kind of industry event, COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software), now in its fifth year. COFES is Cyon Research's primary event, and explores investments necessary today to take advantage and profit from future technologies. The company also offers various other types of engineering information resources and publications including:™, a Web-based, centralized resource for CAD market information, news, and industry commentary; the Engineering Automation Report, a subscription newsletter providing insight, analysis, and reviews on technology specific to manufacturing disciplines; and the A-E-C Automation Newsletter, a subscription newsletter delivering information on trends, new technologies, and market information for design technologies that address architecture and construction.

One of my first assignments as a member of the Cyon Research team? To attend an event being held this week hosted by the Merrill Lynch Technology Group -- an industry panel on "Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Design Infrastructure." SAP, Matrix One, EDS, IBM, PTC -- they'll all be there. And I'll just say this -- I'm very glad that I'll be able to be there, too. Because the discussions that come up at this event are very likely to be the ones that will shape tomorrow's product development initiatives.

On that note, here's to the changes that tomorrow may bring! Again, please join me in welcoming Jeffrey Rowe to the MCADCafe community. And many thanks to all of you for helping to make MCADCafe a success during these past three years.


Kind Regards,


Amy Rowell, formerly the managing editor of MCADCafe and editor of MCADWeekly, is now an industry analyst and editor for Cyon Research. She may be reached at Email Contact.

Jeffrey Rowe, who will be assuming responsibility for the MCADCafe site effective September 8, 2003, may be reached at Email Contact.

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