Help with job search – free webinar

So you got laid off. As did thousands of other highly qualified scientists and engineers. What can you do to stand out of the crowd while looking for your next job? What will you do in case your one-month layoff stretches into six months or a year? How can you make yourself more qualified and more appealing to future employers while being unemployed?

During this talk, Dr. Masha Petrova will give you 10 specific action items that you can do while searching for your next job, that will dramatically improve your resume, greatly increase your interviewing skills, provide many more opportunities for employment and set you apart from the rest of the job seekers in your field. Come prepared to take your professional skills to the next level.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009, 2pm EDT
http://www.nafems.org/events/nafems/2009/employment/

Windchill ProductPoint: A new class of application?

Some of you may be familiar with my tendency to call most of today’s PLM systems as still being too hard to use and getting in the way of the typical design engineer.

I recently had the opportunity to get a close look at ProductPoint, with some of PTC’s technical experts. I was impressed with its ease of use and connectivity to Pro/ENGINEER.

Windchill ProductPoint appears to be the beginning of a new class of products that build on the lessons learned by the latest developments in social networking. In fact, we are beginning to see an interest in what is being called “social product development.” What does this actually mean? No crisp definition yet exists but Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and its ilk seem to have opened up a vast desire to connect with others instantly. This differs greatly from typical engineering processes, whereby a product developer designs in his cubicle, then after a relatively large amount of time, shares his design with others for comments, criticisms, and feedback.

Windchill ProductPoint gives SharePoint reach into the world of Product Development. Sharepoint, Microsoft’s technology infrastructure for collaboration, has already been well adopted across manufacturing companies as a backbone for Office applications, primarily for document sharing and management. Windchill ProductPoint, now enables SharePoint to understand and store complex CAD data. A future release of Windchill ProductPoint will go further and support the sharing of information among other Windchill-based systems.

If you have a Pro/ENGINEER installation and do not have a Windchill PLM solution installed, we advise installing ProductPoint immediately. The benefits to using ProductPoint will seem to transport your organization into the modern era. The costs are moderate, the installation straightforward, and the administration of product data will provide huge benefits in your daily operation. Not only will it improve the management of your critical product data, but it and SharePoint will also improve other related day-to-day operations. We all know that engineering information is just a piece of the information required to design and release products. ProductPoint will also allow and the maintenance of related documents such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and pdf files – all able to now be easily managed, revision controlled, AND accessible to your entire organization, locally and worldwide.

Social Product Development – what is it?

We are beginning to see an interest in what is being called “social product development.” What does this actually mean? No crisp definition yet exists but Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and its ilk seem to have opened up a vast desire to connect with others instantly. This differs greatly from typical engineering processes, whereby a product developer designs in his cubicle, then after a relatively large amount of time shares his design with others for comments, criticisms, and feedback.

Not exactly sure where this is going and how it will play with proprietary designs. Perhaps it is best left to consumer feedback. Robin Saitz, of PTC, says that she mow no longer has to close her Facebook screen when execs walk by.

Choosing the right PLM system

Interested readers can listen to the webcast replay discussing the Buyer’s Guide: Selecting and Evaluating the Right PLM System,” written by TechniCom and Tech-Clarity just last Summer. The Buyers Guide covers:

  • How to determine the need for a new or expanded PLM solution
  • What a new system should include, and what it should cost
  • How to establish management, functional, technical and integration requirements
  • How to conduct an evaluation and select a vendor

All from a small – medium business point of view. The best way to get to the webcast is to go to www.ptc.com and search for “buyer’s guide”.

Readers can get a copy of the white paper that goes along with this from the cad-portal.com website. Click here.

Down the hatch for SGI

Guess they lost their way a long time ago. It comes from not having a sustainable technology advantage and not having the gumption to continually reinvent themselves. Their incredible graphics lead was chipped away by much lower cost graphics cards, such as those from Nvidia, while their CPU performance was no match for low cost servers. Rackable Systems is the new owner of what is left of the assets. Click on their link to view the management, very few of whom are from the old SGI.