February 24, 2003
DaratechSummit 2003:"The Year that the Blizzard Kept the 'Wizards' Away?"
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In case you happened to miss the DaratechSummit 2003 conference, held February 17th - 19th at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in NYC, you certainly weren't alone. Actually, some of the biggest names in the business were simply unable to make it due to the weather, including Bernard Charles, president and CEO of IBM/Dassault Systemes SA and Tony Affuso, President, EDS PLM Solutions. Also missing in the executive briefing line-up were Frank Perna, Chairman and CEO, MSC.Software Corp., C. Richard Harrison, President and CEO, PTC and James E. Cashman III, President and CEO, ANSYS, Inc.
Fortunately, even with blizzard conditions serving as the backdrop for the conference, most of these speakers were able to at least attend 'virtually' thanks to the help of 'modern technology. Armed with speaker phones, powerpoint slides, and in the case of IBM/Dassault's Bernard Charles' - a previously recorded videotape; the presentations went on, for the most part, without a lot of fuss. In a few instances, companies opted to have the 'second-in-command' stand in for the missing speaker, but either way, it was basically business as usual.
be highlighted in upcoming issues of the MCAD Daily News and MCAD Weekly Review.
For starters, I had a chance to sit down and speak with Richard Riff, Director, Advanced Engineering Center, Ford Motor Company, who offered some keen insights regarding both the company's future plans and its recently announced deals with IBM/Dassault Systemes and EDS PLM Solutions. (Specific details concerning these discussions will appear in an upcoming issue of the MCAD Daily News.) Interestingly, in spite of the all the hype surrounding these recently announced deals, the subject of Ford Motor Company's engineering and manufacturing IT expenditures was given little, if any, attention during the general presentations.
industry), and EDS PLM Solutions launched I-deas 10 NX Series, and SolidEdge Version 14, featuring new advanced shape creation technology. (For additional details concerning these and other major announcements made last week, please refer to the Top Stories section included below in this week's edition of MCAD Weekly Review.)
Overall, the primary focus of the conference this year was PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). According to Daratech CEO, Charles Foundyller, "PLM has the potential to completely revolutionize the discrete manufacturing industry." How? To a large extent, the answer to that question seems to be by not only changing the way that organizations manage product information, but by changing the actual underlying processes by which products are designed, developed, manufactured, and distributed. More to the point, PLM seems to be as much about process as it is about having a well-connected, interoperable, highly integrated set of enterprise-wide software tools and technologies.
Still not completely clear on what PLM can and can't do for your organization? Don't worry - again, you're not alone. There is still a great deal of confusion surrounding PLM, not the least of which is how companies can 'start small' and scale up in this area.
So stay tuned. We'll do our best to attempt to bring some clarity to this subject, as well as to other related topics in upcoming issues of MCAD Weekly Review.
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Dassault Systemes and ESI Group Join Forces to Deliver Next-Generation Virtual Prototyping and Manufacturing Solutions within V5 [18 Feb 2003]
EDS and Avatech Solutions to Expand Reach of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Solutions to Small and Medium Sized Manufacturers [17 Feb 2003]
EDS Launches I-deas(R) 10 NX Series [17 Feb 2003]
EDS PLM Solutions Announces New Rapid Blue Complex Shape Creation Technology with Solid Edge. Version 14 [19 Feb 2003]
ENAER to Implement World-Class Aeronautical Design Solutions With PLM Technologies From IBM and Dassault Systemes [18 Feb 2003]
ESI Group Announces PAM-CRASH 2G [18 Feb 2003]
ESI Group Strengthens North American Presence With Appointment of Two Former Vibro-Acoustic Sciences Executives [18 Feb 2003]
LMS International and ANSYS Inc. Expand Alliance [17 Feb 2003]
MSC.Software Reports 27% Fourth Quarter Revenue Growth [19 Feb 2003]
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The PLM Marketing Firm -- Matrix Marketing Group Appoints Vice President of Strategic Development [20 Feb 2003]
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