Speed Dating @ DS Campus

By Michael
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What happens if you gather 150 business people from various partners and from Dassault Systèmes to let them explore joint sales opportunities? My answer : this very much depends on their openness to share information and on the confidence they bring aboard.

Last week we hosted our community of partners at the DS Campus in Vélizy. After we experienced technology innovation during the DS developers’ conference for two days, the “Connecting Partners” Summit day focused on business collaboration for go-to-market. I was thrilled to see the intensity and depth of exchanges taking place everywhere: during coffee breaks, round tables and as part of a meeting format that we called “business speed dating”, where people can test out “if they want to get something going together”.

A collaborative approach to business is very sensible as any cooperation contains certain elements of competition. In a purely economical approach to business you want to get more than you give. However more and more we see a new way of starting business opportunities in an open exchange of information and ideas based on trust. Here you can take your chances and re-mix the ingredients to find the successful cocktail.

What are the benefits from participating in open-hearted communication : be well known, win followers, be influential and respected by peers. My thesis : active participants in professional communication forums get the pole position for being part of winning business collaborations.

I’m curious to hear your opinion. You are invited to complete all phrases where you agree (multiple choices apply).

Please note that for technical reasons you can take this poll via the perspectives.3ds.com site only (not via the email notification).

Thanks. Results of this poll will be discussed in a week from now.


P.S.: related posts on this subject Community Spirit, Community Mobility

Satellite Shakes

By Kate
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photo by Autumn Snake

photo by Autumn Snake

Imagine a fragile insect in its cocoon . . . attached to a rocket ship. The rocket ignites and thrusts its way to the outer hemispheres. Will the insect withstand the violent vibrations of its voyage and remain fully intact, succeeding to unfold its wings and fly upon arrival?

Satellites are like fragile insects catapulted into space. Yet each one costs over one million dollars to make.


You better not mess up when you design your satellite, and you better make sure it’s able to function when it gets to its work-space.

Who knew that as I was nibbling on my parmesan lollypop at Dassault Systèmes’ Partner Summit an hour ago I’d stumble into this sort of conversation?

Actually the satellite example is accessory, because what I was really talking about with Jan and Nick from LMS is virtual labs and realistic simulation.

But before you read further, I thought you’d like to watch a real video about satellite launching to get in the mood:

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We talk a lot about real and immersive virtuality, virtual labs, etc. And sometimes I hear people pondering the day when we can eliminate physical tests altogether.

But Jan and Nick pointed out are few things I think are pretty smart:

  1. When it comes to true innovations, things that have never been invented before, you can’t test them virtually until you’ve physically tested them. How can you integrate the physics of your invention if you’re not sure what they are? We don’t know the alpha and omega to Physics after all.
  2. Virtual testing is raising the bar for physical testing and shaping real-life testing as a whole.

Back to our fragile satellite and violently vibrating rocket example. Jan and Nick used the satellite shake test as an example to illustrate point number two.

Now you’ve got this real satellite, one that’s cost you over a million dollars to make, and you’ve got to shake it to death, so to speak. What if you could “shake it to death” without damaging or killing it?

Ah ha!

To accomplish this, you must carefully engineer your shake test. And the way to do this is to simulate your shake test with realistic simulation. The simulated shake test will help you better define and test the real thing, figure out the safest spots to place test instruments so they won’t damage the satellite during the test action, etc.

And, you can also imagine that with the knowledge gained from the virtual shake test, if done early enough, you could go back to the virtual drawing board and tweak the actual satellite design to give it a better chance of catapultion survival. (I occasionally make up words; hey, language evolves.)

So folks, this is what has jazzed me the most about the Partner Summit so far. Conversations about cool stuff with interesting people. It’s all about people.



P.S. Nick kindly gave me this avi of his technology in-action during a simulation satellite shake test.

iPhone + Photos + 3D Objects = Yum!

By Kate
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I know. The photo looks a little funky. But it was taken with an iPhone yesterday just after Brent Hoberman from mydeco.com spoke at #DSDEVCON09.

I realize you may be confused. What’s that 3D chair doing next to Brent?

Ah hahhhhhh!

Well you see . . . Gerald and Stéphane from our R&D department have been busy developing some 3D fun for iPhone.

Here’s the story behind the photo:

3DVIA CEO Lynn Wilson asked Brent to stay onstage after his presentation and sit in the groovy black chair you see in the photo. Then Gerald whipped out his iPhone and took a photo of the scene and, from 3dvia.com, imported the 3D model into the photo.

So what?

Well think about it. You’re at home and want to talk home deco with your spouse. There’s a sofa model that’s caught your eye, but you’re not sure how it will look in your living room. So you use your iPhone to take a picture of your living room and import through 3dvia.com various 3D models of REAL sofas, i.e., sofas sold on mydeco.com. This is the closest thing to having the real thing delivered to your home to try-then-buy. Yet no trips to the store, no credit card downpayments, no delivery men in your house.

Do you like it?

With the help of Gerald and Stéphane, I made a modest little video that shows how it works:

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Of course it can be used for frivolous means as well. Check out these snapshots Stéphane passed me:

Coming soon to App Store . . .



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