It’s a busy time of year but I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about some recent news and events. Here is a podcast Dora and I just recorded. In it, I discuss some recent news, customer insights, academic engagement and the outlook for 2012.
One of the things I emphasize in the podcast about the Vistagy acquisition is their domain expertise in carbon fiber. They have really set a standard for composite design. I am particularly intrigued at how the software takes very complex engineering processes and embeds the rules and techniques so engineers can stay focused on topics at hand – not the details behind the scenes in the technology.
Hopefully you’ve heard about our partnership with Local Motors and the subscription approach with Solid Edge Design1 for their community. Local Motors’ approach to crowd source engineering designs is very innovative. We’re excited to see the response to cloud-based technology.
As I note in the podcast, we’ve made some recent investments in our academic program. We recently had an event in Russia with 150 professors from more than 80 universities. All around the world, our customers need more engineers and need them to come out of academia with practical software skills. We’ve put a priority on engaging with universities to help graduate more engineers with the best practical skill set for our customers. Stay tuned for more on this in 2012.
As we head into a new year, I’m pleased to see the value of PLM is still a high priority with our customers even in the current economy. I look forward to the year ahead and wish all of you a very Happy New Year.