Happy 1st Birthday to the LinkedIn Future Realities Community!

By Alyssa
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Last year, on this very date, we announced the opening of our new LinkedIn community, Future Realities.  As we said that day:

At Dassault Systèmes, we are driven by a goal to help people imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product (the economy), nature (the environment) and life (the people). We believe that ‘if we ask the right questions, we can change the world.’  We are passionate about helping leaders in a range of industries around the world create innovative ways to advance and optimize our path to the future. To support our mission, we are excited to announce that we have formed a new community on LinkedIn called Future Realities.”

We founded the community as an interactive space for thought leaders from different industries all around the world to discuss big questions about future trends and technologies.  We are so pleased to witness how strongly the community has been embraced by LinkedIn members.  In just one year, we are closing in on 25,000 members who have started 820 discussion threads and added 4300 comments.  Every day, our members engage on topics ranging from the environment to artificial intelligence to shifts in the world economy.  We invited writers from The Economist and the Wall Street Journal to contribute articles, and along with our community members posting their own questions, we have learned much from reading compelling – and competing! – points of view about the future.  We’ve even recently asked our members to send in their questions on how the internet may soon revolutionize the industrial sector, for a chance to be featured in a video from WSJ.

There is always room for others who are excited to kick around ideas about the next big thing, so if you are not already a member, become one today! You can immediately share your own questions, or jump into any number of discussion topics.  Here are a few of our community’s recent favorites.

Thanks to everyone who has made the community what it is this past year.  We look forward to continued spirited discussions on what the future might hold…including topics that we can’t even yet imagine!

How Dassault Systèmes’ Support met Matt Wynn, CAA enthusiast

By Matthias
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Matt Wynn - Magestic Systems, Inc
Matt Wynn is one of the key administrators of a LinkedIn group called “CAA V5/V6 interFace/Forum: Where CAA Enthusiasts Meet”. This is the story of how he met our experts from Dassault Systèmes Support and became an influent member of our CAA community. First of all, just to be clear, CAA stands for “Component Architecture Application”. It is a development environment for customers or partners to implement applications that are fully integrated with the CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA and 3DVIA product lines. Matt Wynn is one of those partners.

Can you present yourself briefly?
I have two degrees in Aerospace Engineering and have been programming manufacturing automation / CAM software for over 20 years. I work for Magestic Systems, Inc. where I spend most of my time writing code and working with customers. Outside of work I race slot cars at Elmsford Raceway and teach snowboarding in the winter at Windham Mountain.

How did you meet Dassault Systèmes’ products and people?
Magestic Systems has worked with CATIA for many years and became a software partner in 2004. In 2008 I worked in Paris with Dassault Systèmes staff to perform one of the first migrations of V5 partner applications to V6.

What are the things you made with CAA you are the most proud of?
TruLASER™ View Composites CAA for a wind power applicationI am proud of anything that has been successful! Magestic Systems TruLASER™ View applications for Composites, Assembly and Paint templating are the biggest commercial success in both V5 and V6. It has also been very interesting to create some batch programs without a user interface that import to and export from CATIA and other types of data.

Why this CAA community on LinkedIn? How did you come to lead it?
The LinkedIn CAA group “CAA V5/V6 interFace/Forum: Where CAA Enthusiasts Meet” was created in 2008 by Yong Zhao, and I am only one of the managers. I found the CAA group on LinkedIn late in 2008 while I was visiting Dassault Systèmes working on the V6 migration.Somehow, knowledgeable CAA programmers that were willing to share found it and it has been a great resource. As of April 2012, there are over 1200 members, approximately 40-50% are employed as CAA programmers. It is very interesting to watch who is joining the LinkedIn groups, and I try to send each new member a welcome message. This helps them get to know me as well, which is the whole idea behind LinkedIn.

Then you naturally became a member of the CAA community on Swym.3ds.com?
I joined the 3DSwYm community several years ago when I started to use the DraftSight DXF/DWG editing tool. I was invited to the CAA community just before it opened up because I am a V6 early adopter and my leadership of the LinkedIn group.

What do you think those two communities bring to CAA developers?
There is a synergy with 3DSwYm and LinkedIn communities.Both provide important resources to the CAA developers.
The LinkedIn group is open to anyone with an interest in CAA programming. It has had steady growth, with 100 new members every 4 months for several years. It has the ‘critical mass’ required for a community of developers to be helpful to each other.
CAA Community on 3DSwymThe 3DSwYm community can do things that are impossible on LinkedIn. It has had good growth since it went public in December, but not much participation by members yet. There is more opportunity in the 3DSwYm group for difficult CAA questions to be addressed by very knowledgeable Dassault Systèmes people, especially on the topic of V6 CAA. 3DSwYm includes the ability to share documents and code and data samples, which I have found very helpful. Before 3DSwYm, this kind of support required submitting service requests, which I think many developers do not have access to.

For those of you who are interested, you can contact Matt both on Swym.3ds.com and on LinkedIn. :-)

Best,

Matthias

Matthias Vivet is a member of the Dassault Systèmes Customer Support team.