Outliers in Orlando: DS Customer Conference Attracts the Best and Brightest!

By Sharon

What do Bill Gates and the Beatles have in common?  Why are some people outrageously successful while others who may have the same skills, talent or education simply plug along quite well but do not necessarily enjoy extreme success?   

I recently read a great book called Outliers, The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell, and started to connect the dots between his theory of success and our upcoming DS Customer Conference.   

BeatlesyellowsubmarinetrailerThe Beatles, arguably the most famous rock band in history, were a struggling high-school band playing at small clubs in England when they were invited to play in Hamburg, Germany in 1960.  Over the next two years they played 270 nights in Hamburg.  Before their US debut in 1964, they had performed live close to 1200 times. 


Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men was a brilliant, yet bored 8th grader in 1968, when his school had a fundraiser and used the money to buy a time-sharing computer terminal – quite unusual in 1968.  Gates became obsessed with programming and practically lived in the computer room.  According to Gladwell, in one seven-month period Gates and his friends spent close to 1600 hours of computer time, averaging out to eight hours a day, seven days a week. 

The Dassault Systèmes Americas Customer Conference will convene next week in Orlando, Florida.  Among the keynote speakers, we’ll hear from Mike Relich, CIO of Guess, Inc., and Frank Paluch, VP Honda R&D Americas about their journey to success, their dreams for innovation – which like the Beatles or Bill Gates involve practice, commitment and a dose of opportunity. 

These industry leaders are clearly committed to their craft whether that means designing the most successful cars on the planet or crystal-studded jeans.  At DSCC, attendees from a variety of industries including aerospace, apparel, automotive, consumer packaged goods, energy, high-tech, industrial and life-sciences will share stories of success and how to make the most of the opportunities that are available to all of us.

 If this sounds interesting to you, stay tuned for live blogging from the event here at 3D Perspectives.  You can also follow DSCC on Twitter




Sharon Rodger is the director of Public Relations for ENOVIA and loves the Beatles.

20% Wind Power by 2020: How to Get There and Stay There

By Karun

443px-DoesburgermolenIssues surrounding the Oil & Gas sector like climate change concerns, high prices and geopolitical uncertainties have forced many countries to seriously focus on alternate sources of energy.

One of the trends in the Energy industry is renewable energy sources—such as solar, wind, and hydro–as their engine of growth.

Already the United States, India, and several European countries have set goals to produce a substantial amount of their electricity using wind energy, making this a truly global phenomenon. For example, the European Union has set their sights on producing 20 percent of their electricity with wind power by 2020.

With this tremendous growth in wind energy, turbine manufacturers have to plan for exponential growth in their throughput. They have to update their manufacturing processes and production facilities to achieve their desired throughput. They have to move toward more automated production facilities and use new technologies like composites and resin transfer molding.

Since this industry is fairly new, it is in an enviable position to adopt cutting edge technologies, without having the weight of legacy data and processes to slow them down.

Wind turbines are the most expensive component of a windmill – costing as much as 75 percent of the total windmill cost.

It is imperative that these Wind piccomponents be produced in the most cost-effective manner possible while maintaining the high quality and demand requirements.

By building the product right the first time in a virtual environment, manufacturers can take the guesswork out of validating their latest product design, manufacturing process and production facility—thereby reducing these costs.

Working in a virtual environment, eliminating the need for physical prototypes, scrap and wastage can be completely eliminated. DELMIA provides for a sustainable manufacturing environment minimizing the impact on the environment, making the world a greener place in more ways than one.

Working together I think we can indeed achieve 20% wind power by 2020, don’t you?



P.S. There’s more info on energy in general you mind find useful here:


Feedburner Funkiness

By Kate

Hi everyone,

Many apologies if you’re an email subscriber and received the post from September 7 this morning. We’ve encountered some Feedburner funkiness and have resynched, repinged, etc. etc., so all should be in order now.

The post you were supposed to receive is by Michael Moser and entitled Mind the Gap.



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