The Lighter Side of COE


The Lighter Side of COE

What am I going to do with this conference bag?
Scott Baker, COE Immediate Past President

scott.jpgIf you are like me, the first thing you do when you come home from the conference is unpack your suit case. My next step is to empty my conference bag of all the business cards, pens, briefings and notes. If you attend many conferences the next step is to decide what to do with the conference bag. Historically, I have given them to colleagues, students, or just keep them. If I like a particular bag, for some reason, it ends up in the back of my vehicle for a later decision.

Well, this story may surprise you, on how a bag got used later. Last year, for the 4th of July holiday, my wife and I headed to our cottage late on a rainy evening. After twenty minutes of driving through a heavy down pour, we watched a vehicle in front of us doing “donuts” on the express way. We were able to avoid the accident, but someone behind us was not paying attention and plowed into the left rear corner of our vehicle, making us part of the accident scene.

When the police showed up the officer wanted to know if we could drive the vehicle. I inspected it and found the rear corner severely damaged but drivable. The major issue was an emissions canister lying on the ground with all hoses still attached but disengaged from its mounting bracket. After a few attempts it was obvious that I could not remount it to the vehicle, and it was required to keep it attached, otherwise the onboard computer would get fault codes, thus making the vehicle undrivable. I had to find a way to suspend the canister, so after digging through the luggage and supplies the only thing I could find that might work was an old backpack type COE conference bag.

Quickly, I put the canister inside the backpack and was able to wrap the arm straps around some brackets on the frame which would allow us to drive the vehicle home. When the officer returned he said it was legal to drive the vehicle this way, and gave us his card if there were troubles.   For our trip home, we decided to stay off the expressway with this crazy set up, which ended up taking us on an unusual route. The twenty-minute ride north, turned into a forty five minute ride home through driving rain, puddles that we thought would swallow the vehicle, and rough roads of cobblestone and ruts which put the bag and canister to the test. Although it was a white knuckle trip, we made it back home without incident.   When we arrived at the dealer the next day to get the vehicle repaired, you should have seen the look on the face of the guys behind the counter. By the way, that hit in the corner ended up causing over $10,000 damage. They guys at the dealership did some great work and made sure to give me the bag back.   There is no real moral to this story, just that I guess keeping those conference bags may be a good idea. Maybe I learned that COE is always there to help me. Or maybe I should have listened to my wife and waited until morning when the rain stopped. Also, I just wanted to let you know that I did dry out that bag, and we still use it today. I think is has become my favorite.

COE Folks Tweet and Blog!
Rich Perlman, COE Board of Directors

Social networking … yep, thanks to my kids and their cousins, I've got a Facebook account.  And I'm proud to say this old dog learned how to use Twitter in the days immediately preceding COE's Annual Conference in April. I even learned how to “tweet” from my plain old, but text-capable cell phone.

Tweet (verb)… that is the vernacular for sending a message to your “followers.” During the event, several of us used this send and reply to brief messages about sessions, speakers and in fact to alert the venue's AV staff when there was a problem. Ok, so maybe a hundred tweets, one of which was productive. You can view the COEHQ messages at . Twitter … I know how, just haven't figured out why.  If you can tell me in 140 characters or less, text message to 40404 and be sure to include in the message body #COE2009. Or post something on the COE Forum discussion area “How's COE Doing?”.

Also I'm proud to announce that I have successfully posted a blog comment. DS has recently opened blogs on several subjects including one on the recent COE Conference, . Derek Lane of DS initiated this one, noting the great interchange between DS folks and COE members. Should COE post blogs at ? Again, to discuss, please post on the COE Forum discussion area “How's COE Doing?”.

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Your V6 Questions Answered – Question #5

How does ENOVIA V6 compare with other collaboration solutions, such as Teamcenter or Windchill? This has some important ramifications in my organization as we move forward with our PLM strategy.

Posted Monday, May 11, 2009

Well, clearly this is going to be a partisan answer. We think ENOVIA V6 is the answer, of course. Seriously, though, how you go about assessing collaboration solutions depends on your perspective. PLM is more than business process management or collaboration. It includes design authoring, manufacturing planning, automation, and realistic/scientific simulation. Analyst reports support this focus on a multidisciplinary, broad view of PLM.

PDM must be assessed as both an application domain in and of itself, as well as an integration medium of all PLM domains. Therefore, a PDM solution cannot be positioned as being “PLM,” as many of our competitors often like to do. CAD, digital manufacturing, and simulation are an important part of a comprehensive PLM strategy, not just disconnected solutions to be tacked on at low prices, simply to sweeten the deal around a competitor's big ticket PDM solution.

ENOVIA V6's business process and PDM capabilities span multiple industries. From program and portfolio management to compliance, requirements management and global sourcing, ENOVIA's best in class capabilities have been adopted by numerous customers of all sizes.

In addition, ENOVIA V6 is designed to open up intellectual property sources for a holistic view of a product's lifecycle.

Competitive solutions and their approaches to SOA tend to lock users into legacy solutions and limit the ability to access or unlock the potential of the intellectual property they manage.

ENOVIA's SOA approach in the V6 architecture provides federated data management capabilities, allowing users to access multiple data sources, including our competitors' solutions. V6 is about collaboration and we understand our customers have other solutions in place, from PLM, to CAD, to ERP. And for those COE members who are getting the full dose of FUD from Siemens and PTC, let's reiterate: ENOVIA V6 will federate NX, Unigraphics, IDEAS, Pro/Engineer and other CAD data. And vice-versa:  CATIA V6 now natively includes and allows for full VPLM, including design data management, multidiscipline design and true concurrent engineering. CATIA V6 is open and able to work with or without business process solutions such as ENOVIA's or competitors (e.g. Teamcenter or Windchill).

Get the CATIA V6 answers you need at ! COE is your one-stop location for all of your V6 questions, concerns and learning needs. With the help of COE, you can get answers directly from Dassault Systèmes on your major V6 questions, discuss questions and concerns with users from around the work in the V6 discussion forum and learn everything you need to know about V6 in new tracks added at COE events.

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