Then there was the mandatory/obligatory compute cloud discussion and PTC's plans . . . As it turns out, Windchill has been “cloud-ready” for a while now because it can be accessed and used with a browser. However, when asked directly, Heppelmann had some interesting thoughts on cloud computing and pulled no punches. “As far as cloud computing goes, I'm not pro or anti - I'm ambivalent, ambiguous, and neutral on it. While I'm not anti-cloud, I am anti-hype regarding the cloud and clouds are made of vapor. What problems does cloud computing truly solve and how do you address the performance problems it introduces? Windchill is available via public and private clouds but we currently have no plans for CAD, primarily because there is no demand.” Obviously, PTC is venturing carefully into the computing cloud and not betting the farm on it just yet.
All in all, the PTC/USER World Event 2010 was a good one with lots of takeaways about the future of the company and its products. PTC employees and customers were confident, enthusiastic, and optimistic about the future and where the company is going.
As they emerge in the coming months, we'll be taking closer looks at the following PTC offerings:
- Project Lightning
- Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire
- Windchill and some of its SharePoint derivatives
- Social Product Development
- Arbortext Galaxy for 3D publishing
Disclosure: PTC paid for conference registration, hotel, and some meals.
The Week's Top 5
At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.
The Passing of a PLM Industry Visionary
CIMdata was saddened to announce that Eddy D. Miller, CIMdata President and a pioneer in the PLM industry, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, after a short illness. Ed was a valuable colleague and friend whose wit and wisdom will be sorely missed. Mr. Miller, who was born on April 21, 1949 in Linton, Indiana, is survived by his wife Karen, his daughter Jana, his son Ryan, and his sister Barbara Reed, as well as countless colleagues and friends around the world who knew and respected him both professionally and personally. Mr. Miller attended Purdue University and graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi Engineering honoraries. He received a Master of Science degree in Engineering from The University of Michigan in 1973. Mr. Miller was generally recognized as the “Father” of PDM and the foremost worldwide authority on the PLM marketplace and technologies. Mr. Miller authored numerous industry articles and was a frequent keynote speaker at PLM solution supplier and industrial events around the world. Mr. Miller's vision will continue to shape the PLM industry for years to come.
Ingersoll Rand Expands PLM Footprint with PTC's Windchill
PTC announced that Ingersoll Rand is leveraging Windchill to implement outcome-driven innovation - the practice of asking its customers what outcomes they want and then delivering those results. By eliminating the need for revisions, Ingersoll Rand is able to reduce costs and drive competitive products to market faster. Ingersoll Rand has made a customer commitment to deliver the kind of outcome they want right from the start - to innovate, rather than iterate. By using Windchill to increase early collaboration, the company is reducing the need to make changes later in the product development cycle when alterations are more costly and time consuming to correct. As a result, Ingersoll Rand is now more efficiently producing the high quality products its customers need to be competitive. In addition, Ingersoll Rand is also leveraging Windchill to unite its transforming and growing business. Specifically, with the completion of the Trane acquisition, Ingersoll Rand doubled in size. In order to realize its PLM objectives and share data across its newly diverse product lines, the company turned to Windchill to consolidate disparate systems and more efficiently unite now doubled departments and sources of product data.
Luxion releases KeyShot 2
Luxion introduced KeyShot 2, an update to the original KeyShot and HyperShot software. The new release features an all new user interface, many new rendering features, and signiﬁcant performance improvements. It also delivers import of native Pro/ENGINEER data with associative linking. KeyShot 2 is an all new application built on Luxion's production-proven interactive realtime raytracing and global illumination technology. KeyShot 2 further breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images from 3D models. With its much improved ease-of-use, KeyShot 2 gives anybody involved with 3D data the ability to create photographic images in a matter of seconds, independent of the size of the digital model. Available for PC and Mac, KeyShot 2 delivers amazing “shots” without the need for special graphics cards. Customers who bought KeyShot after April 1, 2010, as well as all customers who have purchased KeyShot for Education will receive the upgrade to KeyShot 2 free of charge. Existing KeyShot and HyperShot customers can upgrade to KeyShot 2 for an incremental fee. All KeyShot customers with subscriptions will automatically receive the upgrade to KeyShot 2.
ITP Selects Teamcenter As Its Global PLM Solution
Siemens PLM Software announced Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP), a global aeronautical company and maintenance service provider for most engine manufacturers in the world today, selected Teamcenter software as its global PLM solution. ITP will use Teamcenter in the processes of designing and manufacturing engines and gas turbines. ITP selected Teamcenter to achieve its goals for cost containment and improvement of on-time delivery. ITP has been using NX software since 1996. ITP conducted a thorough and detailed analysis of the PLM market to assess which company could meet the needs of combining all business units' processes.
PTC To Release Mathcad 15.0
PTC announced Mathcad 15.0 engineering calculation software. Mathcad 15.0 delivers enhanced capabilities to help customers solve complex engineering calculations and improve the documentation of calculations throughout the product development process. Mathcad 15.0 includes over 25 new functions, more robust reference libraries and integration with third-party tools, including the latest version of Microsoft Excel. Additionally, the Mathcad 15.0 integration with existing engineering platforms like Pro/ENGINEER, as well as with PTC's Windchill solutions, Windchill PDMLink, and Windchill ProductPoint, enables better management of critical engineering content, making it easier to share and reuse information leading to standardization and best practices.
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PTC Extends Windchill PLM
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