CAD/CAM/CAE and PLM Industry Leaders Make COFES2002 the Most Successful Event Yet
Bethesda, MD -- May 22 2002 -- Cyon Research Corporation announced that COFES2002: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, held in Phoenix, AZ, May 2 - 5, 2002, has been enthusiastically received and reviewed by attendees, press and exhibitors. COFES2002 welcomed some 140 attendees, vendors and sponsors -- with leadership positions in the industry -- who spent three days in discussion and debate with a view to moving the industry forward. "This year, COFES attendees seemed even more keyed-in to broad industry issues such as interoperability, interface design and barriers to change," stated Evan Yares, CTO and vice-president of Cyon Research. "The discussion of these issues, both in formal sessions and in informal conversations, was a real high point. People have told me that they walked away with some powerful ideas that they can actually execute on." "COFES was a great opportunity to have quality discussion time with some of the most interesting people in our industry. I was glad to be a part of the conference, and will look forward to next year," stated Jon Hirschtick, Dassault Systèmes Group Executive and SolidWorks Board Member COFES is designed to foster and leverage opportunities for private meetings, interviews and discussions, held under both formal appointments and through opportunistic introductions, alongside the discussions and debates. "COFES2002 was particularly successful for us in allowing opportunities to meet press, analysts and to discuss possible partnerships within the industry," stated Al Moulton, president and CEO, Graphisoft U.S. Inc. "This year’s event seemed even more successful than before in encouraging such meetings." "As first-timers at COFES, Proficiency was very pleased to find a strong emphasis on CAD interoperability threaded through many sessions," commented Michael Jannery, VP of marketing, Proficiency Inc. "COFES brings an intense focus to the major engineering software issues of the day, and takes a long look at how they might be resolved in the years to come." Further catalysts of discussion were the keynote addresses by Dr. Eric Drexler of the Foresight Foundation and Michael Tanner from the Chasm Group. These keynotes addressed the current and predicted effect of nanotechnology on the manufacturing industry and the challenges of PLM for industry vendors, users and commentators. COFES2003 is being planned now for early in 2003 with plans for access to discussions, topics and issues being consolidated into the COFES web site over the coming months. For more information, please visit About Cyon Research Cyon Research Corporation is a leader in providing market knowledge, research and direction for the CAD and PLM industries. The company was formed by CAD industry consultants Brad Holtz, Joel Orr, and Evan Yares to foster clarity and provide vision to users and vendors of CAD and PLM tools. Current products include:, a leading provider of online news and analysis; COFES: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software; Engineering Automation Report, and The CAD Rating Guide®. About COFES The COFES2003 event will comprise top-level engineering executives from leading executives of the top engineering software firms, prominent editors, consultants, and analysts, and selected user companies. For more information, and to find out how to be a participant, please call 301-365-9085, or visit COFES,, Cyon Research are trademarks of Cyon Research Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ### Contact: Rachael Dalton-Taggart, Strategic Reach PR, 720 352 8099.

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2002


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