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I’m attending Autodesk University (AU 2013) these days in  busy Las Vegas, NV. If you had a chance to attend AU in the past, probably familiar with craziness of conference halls, busy session schedule, smell of Vegas hotels and… if you got lucky, nice view from your room.




The main event this morning was AU2013 keynote led by Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO and Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk CTO. The keynote theme “The answer is outside” was inspiring. You may think what is that about. Here is the way I’ve got it – tools are important, but our mindset is more important these days. We need to shift towards the ability to re-use things that already created by other people and companies. I want to quote Jeff Kowalski – “Search first, make second”. This is probably the most interesting perspective on how user experience is going to change these days. I learned a new buzzword – VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain. Complex. Ambiguous). This is a new world we live in according to Jeff.




Carl Bass was mostly focusing on great experience of Autodesk customers using cloud tools. I can see it as a final set of trilogy – vision (2011), product (2012), customers (2013). it shows the accomplishment done by customers as a learning point in the next turn of the future product development. Carl mentioned full scope of Autodesk products – Autodesk 360, PLM360, BIM360, SIM360 and many others.






Another interesting story was related to a growing ecosystem of cloud vendors and product. The example Jeff Kowalski used in his keynote was GrabCAD – online community of engineers.


What is my conclusion? I want to pickup two important things – customers are getting to the cloud,  using cloud products, learn and provide feedback how to improve products in the future. Another one – data exploration experience. This is all about our ability to re-use staff and not re-invent things from scratch. Just my thoughts…
Best, Oleg



I’ve been attended COFES 2013 earlier last week. For those of you not familiar with the event, navigate your browser to the following link. COFES stands for The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software.  Annual COFES is taking place in the same location every year in April. You can see a complete agenda of COFES 2013 here. The key two elements of COFES are people and discussions. You want to navigate to this link to see who attended COFES this year.

There are few sessions and discussion topics that I specially liked. One of them was Round-robin on computing future. It was fascinating to see a unique blend of presenters clearly representing three different generation of developers: Mike Riddle (the orignal author of AutoCAD), Jon Hirschtick (co-founder of SolidWorks) and Kai Backman (co-founder of TinkerCAD and Airstone Labs).

I had a chance to speak to Simon Floyd of Microsoft about Windows 8, multiple device strategies and PLM applications. Microsoft was one of the dominant at COFES 2013 with the technology suites presenting Windows 8 and CAD/PLM apps running at least on 10-12 different devices. In the world of multiple devices, multiple applications to see what Microsoft is trying to accomplish with their Windows 8 strategy was very interesting.

Another interesting discussion lead by Siemens PLM was about development of eCars. No, it wasn’t about how Siemens is going to compete with Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Siemens is introducing the approach of using plug-in electrical cars energy to optimize electrical power network in a country like Germany. One of most shocking examples was a plan to update car software when car is moving from one European country to another to follow specific standards and environment.

Esther Dyson keynote and Q&A was impressive. The surprising topic was to learn about the fact Esther speaks Russian and investing in Russian companies  like Yandex and some others. My favorite topic of simplification and cost came in the discussion when talking about earlier FedEx innovation – transport was cheaper than complexity.

Finally, the discussion with intriguing name “EoL 4 Email” actually morphed into the conversation about the future of email. The conclusion – email is not going to die, but to transform into online messaging system with rich content delivery and contextual actions. I probably will come with a separate post about this.

There is no way you can participate in all conversations and discussions at COFES. Discussions are everywhere – in hallways and walkways; around the tables and in the evening under the stars. Below few photos I’ve made during COFES Evening Under the Stars.

The following photo was done by my new EOS-M and telescope provided by COFES.

Best, Oleg


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CIMdata PLM Forum: PLM Never Ends

by Oleg on April 10, 2013 · 9 comments

I’ve been attending North American PLM Market & Industry Forum organized by CIMdata earlier today. CIMdata is running these forums across the different geographies. Navigate to the following link to learn more about future locations and forums. Here you can see the agenda. I’ve made some calculation. The pure presentation time was about 6 hours. CIMdata planned to present total about 369 slides. It means attendees supposed to digest slides with the average speed of 1.02 slides/min. The top slide/min speed was captured by me during Big Data and PLM presentation. Ken Amman performance was 1.86 slides/min.

The amount of information shared by CIMdata was huge. There is no sense to copy/paste all graphs and charts. I will take time to digest it and probably will come later with some thoughts and ideas. Nevertheless, there are three topics that stand out in the overall stream of information presented by CIMdata earlier today. I wanted to share some of my thoughts about them. These topics are software and service revenues; PLM evolution chart and Collaboration.

PLM Revenues: Software vs. Services

An interesting piece of information was presented by Peter Bilello during his State of PLM presentation. The following slide shows the overall state of 2012 PLM Market. The data point that caught my attention was about software vs. services revenue growth.

According to CIMdata, in cPDM/PLM segment of market services grew slower than software. Traditionally, service component of PLM implementation was significant. It is not unusual to see 50/50 split of software and services revenues. What means this data point from 2012? Is it a local 2012 anomaly or, maybe it represents a trend towards different ways to implement PDM/PLM solutions? Interesting question to ask. I hope CIMdata will follow up this topic with additional research.

PLM technologies

It is always interesting to see how analysts are presenting the history of PLM. I found the following slide showing the evolution of PLM market quite interesting. Here is a main reason why. I’m sure you are familiar with the theory presenting evolution using spiral patterns.

Interesting enough, PLM evolution slide doesn’t address the spiral of evolution. According to that slide, the evolution of PLM went from data and technology to processes and “bottom line” of business solutions. However, we  need to remember a massive disruptive technological innovation that happens around us now with web, mobile, big data, open source, etc. Many legacy PDM/PLM solutions were built back using the technologies of 1980s. Do you think, the technology of 1980s and 1990s is keeping up to speed with the bottom line of processes and business solutions? I don’t think so, therefore, I’m looking to see next spiral of PLM technologies. New technology will drive the change across the whole solution chain.

Re-think Collaboration?

Last, but not least – collaboration. PDM/PLM industry spent significant amount of time working on solutions for collaboration for the last 2 decades. Nevertheless, the following research presented by John MacKrell demonstrate that collaboration is actually weak link in the landscape of PLM system engineering solutions.


People are expecting vendors to make improvements in all aspects of collaboration – people, data and processes. The are two main reasons for that, in my view. Traditionally, vendors have a difficulties with the openness and data access. It leads customers to disappointment and anger about unwillingness of vendors to make a change in their strategy. On the other side, modern web and social networking tools are providing a good examples of collaboration – Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn. This is only short list of available products and technologies. In my view, it is a time to re-think collaboration by reusing social web paradigm and modern web technologies.

What is my conclusion? I captured the title of this blog post from one of the final tweets from CIMdata PLM forum. PLM never ends. PLM has deep connections to product development processes and innovation. You cannot stop the innovation process. If you don’t do it, innovation will happen anyway, but in another place. I think, PLM vendors need to remember that. The technology is democratizing these days. The question how to democratize technology becomes more and more relevant. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg



PLM, Fun and Innovation

February 4, 2013

Fun and coolness are trending topics these days. Are you doing boring business or having fun? Fun is much better and, speaking seriously, much more productive. That’s why the most efficient ways to educate kids are usually involving some elements of fun and games. Enterprise IT and business software are probably one of the most […]

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Thoughts about PLM Conferences

November 1, 2012

Last week I attended PLM Innovation Americas 2012 conference in Atlanta. I already published few posts inspired by the conference – PLM Innovation and 5 PLM Trends and PLM Innovation: Who will provide PLM to Boeing in 2015? Few facts about the conference itself: about 250 attendees, reasonable sized for large presentation and small roundtables. […]

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PLM Innovation: Who will provide PLM to Boeing in 2015?

October 25, 2012

I’m in Atlanta these days attending PLM Innovation Americas conference. Today is the first day, and I’m still expecting many things to come. Nevertheless, here is the thing that made me to blog. I’ve been attending first keynote made by Kevin Fowler or Boeing Commercial Airplanes . The name of the presentation – The sky’s […]

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AU.RU 2012 and PLM / BIM perspective from Russia

October 4, 2012

During the last two days I attended Autodesk University Russia in Moscow (AU.RU). This year event got a status of AU. Before that it was Autodesk Forum. The number of attendees (~3000) was impressive. It was two intensive days packed with the 16-day agenda. It includes many presentations by customers, training sessions and exhibition program. I’ve made […]

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Virtual Events, 3D Experience and Efficiency

September 9, 2012

No, this blog post is not about Dassault 3D Experience. Even more… this post is not about PLM. Last week, I had a chance to attend first ever virtual PLM event – Social PLM 2012. You can see some of presentations already on Youtube. Navigate to this link to see them. Preparation and presenting at […]

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ACE 2012: Aras PLM and don’t be evil

May 2, 2012

The first day of ACE 2012 was quite energetic. This is my 3rd year at Aras Community Event. The first one in Chicago was quite small – less than 100 attendees. Aras claims 300 registered attendees this year. I can easily say that I counted ~250 attendees during Peter Schroer’s keynote presentation. Yesterday, I put […]

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COFES 2012: Design Risk and Information Availability

April 19, 2012

One of the sessions I especially liked during COFES 2012 was a keynote by Richard Riff – The Intersection of Design and Risk. The name of the keynote was the same as a theme of COFES 2012. Here is a snippet from COFES 2012 agenda describing this session: …we’ll explore the role of risk in […]

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