What makes me qualified for this position?
I think my most important qualification for the Vice Technical Director position is my 4+ years as chairperson of the largest PLM World SIG (Teamcenter) where I spent the past four PLM World conferences working with the current Technical Director to solicit, review, and choose from hundreds of abstracts prior to the conferences, hosting sessions and rating many of the presentations during the conference, and working with the PLM World Board to ensure that the conference ran smoothly. I also work with SPLM product management to compile the Teamcenter Customer Improvement Process (CIP) list for voting every year.
I have chaired the Teamcenter SIG since 2010, the I-DEAS to NX FG since 2011, participated regularly on most PLM World forums and other external forums (SPLM BBS, LinkedIn), and have presented one or more user presentations every year at miscellaneous PLM World conferences (national, regional, and local) going back to at least 2007. I have also served on the Chicago RUG Board and have co-hosted regional conferences with the Wisconsin RUG.
I have well-rounded technical knowledge of, and experience with, Siemens PLM products and their usage at a multitude of companies in a variety of industries dating to 1995. These industries include aerospace/defense, automotive, consumer products, medical devices, and high-energy particle physics research. SPLM applications used and administrated include all flavors of Teamcenter (Unified, Engineering, & Enterprise), CAD (NX, I-DEAS, & multi-CAD), & FEA. I have years of firsthand experience implementing and managing Teamcenter and NX in a global multi-CAD environment from the bottom layer of IT infrastructure all the way to the top layer of end user experience.
After running the largest PLM World SIG for several years now, an experienced Teamcenter SIG chairperson is the most qualified candidate to become the Vice Technical Director (and eventually Technical Director) for PLM World.
Why I want to run for this position.
I want to have a more direct influence on the technical content offered at each annual conference as well as hoping to revive user participation in the PLM World forums so that they become known as a primary, if not "THE", place of user discussion that stands out from all the hundreds of miscellaneous user forums out there for SPLM products.
What could you accomplish or implement for improvement if elected to this position?
There are a couple of things I'd like to get a handle on.
First, I'd like to rethink how the Technical Organization (SIGs and FGs) is organized including the discussion forums. This includes the overall number of SIGs/FGs, and the number of specific (and lack of) SIG/FGs within particular product areas. The goal is to better align SIG/FGs with the latest suite of SPLM products.
Second, I would like to have a larger influence on what happens at the national conference especially in regards to the technical content which includes presentations (for everyone including users, Siemens PLM employees, and partners), the technical track categories, and scheduling of time slots for the presentations. The goal would be to ensure conference attendees of every skill level go back to their jobs better off technically than before the conference.
Is there anything else about yourself or the person you are nominating that you would like us to know?
I am an engineer first, and an IT guy second. I know what users want since I am one too.