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What Happens at PLM Connection Shouldn’t Stay at PLM Connection

by Bill Martin-Otto on 4 Apr, 2012 in NX

NX users, you’re in luck, because soon you’ll have a chance to hone your CAD/CAM skills and get a healthy dose of real user inspiration at Siemens PLM Connection 2012, set for May 7–10 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The three-year-old conference, which is produced by the official Siemens PLM user group, PLM World, will give you access to nearly 2,000 other attendees to share ideas with, more than 70 hours of free training, over 350 technical breakout sessions, a vendor trade fair, and key executives and development folks from Siemens.

If you need to convince your manager about the value of sending you, Siemens offers some stats:

  • Individual attendees can experience up to a 10 percent increase in productivity which translates to an annual average cost savings of $16,000
  • Attendees help their departments achieve an additional 10–15 percent gain in knowledge and productivity

And, if that’s not enough, you can save nearly $300 if you register before April 13. Even deeper discounts are available for groups of at least nine people from the same company.

I’m a firm believer that events like PLM Connection can help you develop into one of the most talented and productive people in the office. It’s also a good way to retain your employees. When you come back from an industry event like PLM Connection, be sure to share everything you’ve learned. And the more opportunities you take to showcase your knowledge—in team meetings, company newsletters, etc.—you’ll reinforce your own education, gain the appreciation of your coworkers and attract the attention of management.

Four Days of NX Intensity

Assuming you get to go, the NX Connection segment within the larger event will offer a mix of user- and Siemens-run sessions, designed to provide you with best practices and detailed tips you can bring back to your team.

The NX Connection is split up into several Technical Tracks, including:

  • NX Design
  • Assemblies
  • Drafting & PMI
  • Ideas to NX Migration
  • Interoperability
  • NX System Admin
  • NX CAM
  • System Admin
  • NX Open
  • Industrial Design
  • Knowledge Fusion
  • Mold & Die Design
  • Simulation
  • Integration and use with other CAD products
  • Routing
  • Product Quality – Checkmate Sheet Metal

Siemens will also host two four-hour High Value Training Events on Friday that will provide opportunities for in-depth, hands-on experience in NX Administration and NX Product Template Studio. The NX Administration session will help you deploy NX more effectively, and the Product Template Studio session will show you better ways to capture and reuse knowledge in your processes.

According to conference organizers, it’s common for companies to send key strategy leaders for CAD and PDM each year, along with designers and engineers.

Let the Networking Begin

As insightful as the presentations are likely to be, the various networking opportunities are also incredibly valuable. Regardless of what your primary interest is, chances are, you’ll find something of relevant to attend. Check out these events:

  • Early-morning golf tournament at Stallion Mountain Golf Club on Sunday, May 6
  • Casual, industry specific social mixers on Sunday night
  • Popular roundtable discussions with users on Thursday, May 10, after lunch

So clear your calendar and register now for Siemens PLM Connection 2012 before the early-bird extended deadline expires.

Have you already attended a PLM Connection event? Are you planning to go to this one? I’ll be there this year  at the Lenovo booth. Be sure to stop by! Please share your thoughts with the CAD/CAM Performance community!

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