Cloud Watching

By Kate

Will the enterprise costs of servers, software installation, etc., one day disappear? Will companies that make stuff one day do it “from the cloud”?

This morning I was reading Oleg’s post on Should PLM think about Google Aps?, and I have to tell you it got me almost NCAA Final Four-excited. Maybe I was helped into the sports feeling given the reference article’s title: Google Cloud: 1, MS Office: 0.

As TechCrunch IT journalist Leena Rao reports, automotive supplier Valeo is now in the cloud.

While I’d like to encourage you to join the already-launched chat about PLM and cloud computing on PLM Twine, before you head there please answer my two simple poll questions and see what others think.

Question 1:

Here’s the last question:

Thanks for your perspective, and happy weekend!


Driving for Green: Tradable Energy Quotas

By Jonathan

And now for the last in our series of posts on analysing your answers from our Driving for Green mini poll:

Would you participate in personal “Tradable Energy Quotas” (

Carbon offsetting or carbon taxes would also give similar results and are maybe less complicated, as Munir quite rightly said in his comment.

I think the fundemental message is, no matter what efforts the automotive industry does to provide eco friendly personal mobility using renewable energy sources, we’ll still have to radically change our life styles. So how can we prepare our selves fairly across all social catergories and countries before it’s too late?

I’m interested to get a few comments on the results. Is there such a high proportion of “no’s” because:

  • You didn’t understand TEQs and got put off?
  • You believe technology will provide solutions so that we can continue living as we do but affect the environment a lot less?
  • You believe that the human race will not budge until environmental disaster looms, so carbon taxs are pointless.
  • You think carbon taxes are too complicated and will never work?

I personally believe that we’ll at least have to live like our parents/grand parents did in the 40′s and 50′s when fuel was 3 times more expensive and food cost 25% relative to income at the time. You took holidays in your own country and your extended family stayed close – sounds quite nice actually…

Sustainably yours,


P.S. In case you missed the poll and the anaysis for Q1, Q2 & Q3, here are the articles:Driving for Green: a mini poll, Driving for Green: Poll answers for Q1 , Driving for Green: Do You Have Range Anxiety? & Driving for Green: Changing car-use habits?

What’s new at SolidWorks?

By Matthew

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, so rather than try to think up something interesting to talkabout, I thought it might make sense to write up a quick recap of what’s been going on here at SolidWorks over the past month or so.

The biggest news is that in late April, we delivered our one-millionth license of SolidWorks software to Ogio International. This is a major milestone for SolidWorks, and one that we’ve been celebrating for a few weeks now. If you haven’t already, visit the SolidWorks site to play our trivia game (it’s quite silly) and hear messages of thanks from CEO Jeff Ray and found Jon Hirschtick.

Our European readers may be interested to learn that we rolled out the Engineering Stimulus Package to Europe last week. If you’re not familiar with the Package, you can read this post, or visit the ESP section on our website. At last check, a few hundred people had already downloaded the package. While we wish this wasn’t necessary, we hope that displaced engineers and designers can use the opportunity to build new skills, or hone existing ones.

We’ve also rolled out a new website for our SolidWorks Premium package of software. You can find out how Premium can make you more productive, but more importantly, there are some pretty funny videos on there. If we were to ever advertise on TV, my vote would go to the coffee video. I even shot the footage of product manager Shaun Murphy. Go me!

Most recently, we announced that from here on, we’re going to start supporting the release of SolidWorks one version back for an additional 12 months. What this means is that SolidWorks 2008 (released in September 2007) will be supported through December 2009, three months after SolidWorks 2010 is released. SolidWorks 2009 will be supported through December 2010, SolidWorks 2010 will be supported through December 2011, and so on. This is the opposite of what we’ve seen happening in the industry lately, and we hope that it will help our customers feel more secure if they need to stay on the previous version of SolidWorks for whatever reason. Check the SolidWorks blog for more news on this in the coming days.

So that’s it for now. I promise that next time I write, I’ll have something more thought provoking to talk about. Like maybe 3D dream recording devices, or virtual scuba diving trips…

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