The 17th annual PTC/USER World Event broke several records with 1,945 attendees including representatives from 872 companies and 29 countries. Attendees participated in 52 hours of optional hands-on training on Arbortext(R), Pro/ENGINEER(R) and Windchill(R) as well as attended 190 conference presentations over 16 tracks. PTC/USER also featured an exhibit hall that hosted more than 100 demonstrations of the latest tools and technologies from members of the PTC/USER Industry Partner program, including members of the PTC Channel Advantage(TM) and members of the PTC Partner Advantage(TM) programs such as IBM, HP and Sun. PTC/USER is an independent, not for profit, corporation organized by PTC users.
"2006 marks another record-breaking year for the PTC/USER World Event," said Dan Glenn, president, PTC/USER. "This year's event provided an excellent opportunity for attendees who are directly responsible for implementing and using PTC products to have peer discussions on best practices, meet with industry experts, provide feedback to PTC product managers, and review solutions from members of the PTC Partner Advantage Program, the PTC Channel Advantage Program, and PTC/USER's Industry Partner Program."
PTC Awards 2006 Competition
The PTC Awards 2006 competition is an international forum for PTC customers to display successful product design achievements using PTC solutions. This year, Skoda Auto A.S. received the Design award for Best Overall entry for the design of an automotive manual gearbox using Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill. Using PTC solutions, Skoda was able to optimize variant data used to create assembly drawings ultimately reducing the time spent verifying changes of assembly drawings. Skoda was chosen from more than 100 entries submitted for the 2006 award.
"Our entry in the PTC Awards 2006 competition was a collaborative effort of a large group of engineers. With Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill, all users were working with the latest data ensuring the accuracy of our design. The numerous product variations were contained in just one top assembly, resulting in a 60% time savings," said Jan Vesecky, Skoda Auto.
"The participants of this year's PTC Awards 2006 competition once again exceeded expectations," said Mark Hodges, divisional vice president, customer support and operations, PTC and member of the PTC/USER Board of Directors. "Skoda's winning design demonstrates the powerful capabilities of software solutions from PTC and underscores the innovation and commitment to product excellence that characterizes the PTC/USER community."
An expert panel of judges, including individuals from several major engineering publications, participated in the judging for the PTC Awards competition. Decisions were based on the entries' comprehensive use of PTC solutions, creativity and technical merit. Submissions were also evaluated on the benefits each design or design process has provided to the entrant's company.
PTC Partner Advantage Awards
The annual PTC Partner Advantage Awards recognize key contributors to the partner program for their initiative, energy and integration efforts in supporting PTC customers and promoting PTC programs. Recipients of the 2006 PTC Partner Advantage Awards for outstanding contribution, commitment and dedication to PTC products and the PTC/USER community are:
-- IBM(R) - Strategic Partner of the Year
-- Geomagic(R) - Software Partner of the Year
"IBM and PTC have jointly developed multiple offerings for the PLM marketplace that include sales, services, software and on demand solutions. Working together, IBM and PTC deliver tangible business advantages to customers," said Pete Henry, alliance and industry manager, IBM.
"We continue to work closely with PTC developers to ensure seamless product compatibility between Geomagic and PTC products. PTC works very closely with its partners, and because of that we are able to consistently deliver the quality products our joint customers require," said Andrew Stein, vice president, product management and marketing, Geomagic.
"The Partner Advantage Program members play a key role in helping PTC to fully address the needs of our users," said John Stuart, senior vice president of global partners and education, PTC. "We are pleased to recognize IBM and Geomagic for their outstanding contributions in deploying solutions that deliver value to our customers and their commitment to the success of the PTC Partner Advantage Program."
Partners were judged on a variety of measurements, including commitment to the PLM industry, the strength of their technology roadmap, response to the market demands in platform and software requirements, the quality of their day-to-day operations support and executive level support, and support of PTC Go-to-Market programs. For more information on PTC's partner programs, please visit http://www.ptc.com/partners.
PTC/USER is the independent voice for users of software produced by PTC of Needham, Massachusetts. PTC/USER is the sole entity recognized by PTC as the official worldwide representative of its customers. Its mission is to provide education and communication services for its members and to act as a unified voice representing the membership to PTC. For more information on PTC/USER, please visit http://www.ptcuser.org.
PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) provides leading product lifecycle management (PLM), content management and dynamic publishing solutions to more than 40,000 companies worldwide. PTC customers include the world's most innovative companies in manufacturing, publishing, services, government and life sciences industries. PTC is included in the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 indices. For more information on PTC, please visit http://www.ptc.com.
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