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