I attended PLM Europe October 17th – 19th on behalf of PLM World. The week started with a welcoming reception Sunday evening in the partner exhibit, 800+ attendees and 40 partners gathered around tables of ten for dinner and drinks. Monday I attended PLME Chairman Maarten Romers welcoming presentation, he made special thanks to his board of directors, PLM World attendees (Jon Manderfield and myself) and really made clear the appreciation of the partners. Following Maarten was Chuck Grindstaff, he gave a rundown on the restructured organization and highlighted a few new positions. Chuck also discussed company direction and focus.
In the afternoon I attended Jim Rusk’s presentation on NX development and Eric Sterling’s TcUA product strategy update. One detail that I was impressed with was the RTT product that give realistic texture and appearance to the NX CAD models. Later Monday I attended the Teamcenter update Presented by Dave Mitchell and a special presentation on Red Bull Technology Ltd. The Red Bull employees are a special breed, I believe they all have ring tones of turbo chargers, alarm clocks that sound like the whining of an engine at 9000 rpm, they live, eat and breath racing. Very interesting presentation. That night was another networking reception and dinner in the partner hall.
Tuesday was a full day of presentations starting with Mechatronics and ending with the themed evening reception “Olympics”. The reception featured food from around the world (biggest line was for hamburgers?) there were gymnast performing and video of great Olympic performances.
Wednesday was a shorten day of presentations highlighted by many partner and Siemens PLM presenter’s. The PLME committee gave a closing presentation. All in all the location of the event “Linz Austria” was not the most convenient but the town has its own character and provides enough to supplement time after the day’s activities.
If you ever get the chance to attend the Siemens PLM conference in Europe do, it’s a different experience than our conference in America.