Community Mobility

By Kate

The Developer Conference is coming up and so I went to see the guy at Dassault Systèmes putting it together, Fred Vacher. Collaboration, partnerships and communities are important to DS, and since the event encapsulates all three, I wanted to get Fred’s perspective on:

  1. What are the ingredients to a successful community strategy?
  2. What does DS do to foster mutual success for DevCon community collaboration?
  3. What will the DevCon community look like in five years?

Here goes . . .

Q1 : What are the ingredients for a successful community strategy ?

The main ingredient is content. Shared interest in the content makes it more valuable and encourages people to interact with others and contribute more. It’s also important to make sure that people can interact on an open platform.

Q2: What does Dassault Systèmes do to foster mutual success for DevCon community collaboration?

Around ten years ago we created a partner ecosystem of companies developing applications on top of our platform. It was really a one-to-one relationship with Dassault Systèmes and its partners. We began to animate this community with physical conferences so developers could meet each other as well as people from Dassault Systèmes on a regular basis.

Now in addition to Devcon where we annually gather, we’ve put in place a set of online tools to foster continued interaction throughout the year. We have an open strategy that includes a ‘PLM Marketplace’ LinkedIn group for our partners to interact. We have PLM Marketplace , which is our online business platform for connecting software, technology and services partners with our channel partners and VARs so that they can do business. Plus there’s some new stuff in store coming soon.

Q3: What will the DevCon communities look like in 2-5 years?

I think the key element is mobility. Time being very important, people will need to interact fast with an access to their community no matter where they are. That’s something key that’s already coming I’d say. Then as communities grow I’m sure we’ll find things that we’ve never imagined. And I guess the value of social networks around PLM will really give a new set of experiences and value that we can’t imagine today. Mixing and matching will develop a lot of value.

Sounds good, Fred. I look forward to mingling with the DevCon community at the event this June! Live blogging of course, and hopefully I’ll be able to report first-hand about some of the Serious Gaming action. ;-)



The future of realtime 3D rendering, cloud computing?

By Virgile
credits: zdnet blog

credits: zdnet blog

Hi there,

Back at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, a huge buzz was created for an upcoming service called Onlive.

Here is the pitch in a few words:

Playing games requires either a very fast and always up-to-date PC or a gaming consoles. Thanks to Onlive, you can access remotely a high-end system (including a very advanced graphics processor) from a standard PC, or even a small box for the TV. You play the game remotely, meaning you stream a dataflow in realtime back to your home.

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The pre-requisite is to have a no-latency system, and obviously a very high-speed connection. That sounds promising, doesn’t it?

Well, before we dig a little further into this, I’d like to ask you: what do you think of this? (If you’re on RSS or email, to access the poll please click through to the actual blog post.)

Fly On, Little Wing

By Richard

A few months ago, I told you about the Xplorair Passion for Innovation project.

This post title that I’ve borrowed from one of my favorite Jimi Henrix’s tune (have I told you I’m a big rock fan?) says it all. The Xplorair project is taking a whole new dimension, and we’re glad about it.

XPlorair creator Michel Aguilar had set up a non-for-profit association to develop Xplorair. The association groups enthusiasts from all horizons: students from his former engineer school, professionals from the local aero industry and even a professor from the local business school. The Xplorair association then applied to the Passion for Innovation Program and became one of its most exciting projects .

Through Passion for Innovation, an aerodynamic study of the aircraft has been completed. This study proved the concept to be valid: Xplorair can take off using the Coanda effect, and the study computed the key aero coefficients ( lift coefficient: Cz and drag coefficient: Cx). It took six months to complete this study, due to numerous computing iterations and the need for high computing power.

Now, here comes the best part of the story: Dassault Systèmes sponsoring caught an important aeronautic and space Group’s attention regarding the Xplorair association. This prestigious Group is seriously considering to support the Xplorair challenge. Our CAA software partner CD-Adapco is involved as well.

Dassault Systèmes is delighted that its Passion for Innovation Program allowed Michel Aguilar to develop Xplorair to the point that one of the most important aeronautical and space groups in the world is considering to partner with him.

Our sponsorship mission is now complete and has succeeded well above expectations with a passionate sponsoree about to find an ideal strategic partner. One of the Passion for Innovation missions is to make it possible for our sponsorees to find industrial partners to complete their projects and hand it over to them.

Xplorair is one of the best examples of such a success

We wish Xplorair all the best in its future developments.

Keep 3D-ing!


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