COFES2002: The Third Congress on the Future of Engineering Software Will Be Held May 2-5, 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Bethesda, MD -- February 26, 2002 -- Cyon Research Corporation announced today that COFES2002: The Third Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, will be held May 2 - 5, 2002 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

COFES represents a new generation of event: COFES2002 provides a venue for all people of vision and influence to actively define the future of engineering software.
COFES provides an opportunity for executives who use, develop and sell engineering software to sit, share ideas, discuss issues with other industry experts and understand how engineering software can and will provide more value to everyone involved.

"COFES provides a format that really fosters collaboration and sharing of ideas between vendors, customers and industry experts. I think this is due in part to how hard the COFES team works to bring the right people together and in part to the attention to detail that characterizes the event." Chris Ray, Global Industry Manager - Engineering and Product Design, Microsoft Corp.

Creating Access
COFES creates active access to a broad spectrum of press, analysts, developers and engineering executives to allow profound discussion of the industry and its direction. Attendees don't spend all day listening to other industry experts, but participate as thought leaders at the many roundtable discussions and other interactive sessions where everyone is heard on an equal footing. The wide and varied discussion subjects cover software productivity issues, new trends and technologies and human factors in software evolution.

"I attended COFES for the first time last year, and because of the many valuable relationships I made, am returning again this May. I found COFES to be unique, very special and very valuable." Stated David Heller, president and CEO, Internet Business Systems Inc.

"The key value of COFES is the opportunity to speak directly with some of the main people shaping the CAD industry, ranging from the founders of the industry to the bright young people pitching the potential breakthroughs of tomorrow. I will look forward to attending again this year." - Jon Hirschtick, founder and group executive, SolidWorks/Dassault Systemes.

Creating Discussion
The sponsors of COFES and a limited number of software vendors are available at the event for conversations and private discussions about the issues raised and the strategic solutions they can offer. These meetings also offer a valuable peek into future technologies and solutions coming online.

"COFES is a exceptional once-a-year event to meet with some of the best people in CAD, to talk about what ails and benefits our industry, and to renew acquaintances." Said leading CAD industry editor and commentator, Ralph Grabowski, upfront.eZine.

Sponsors include:

Microsoft Corp.
EDS PLM Solutions
OpenDWG Alliance
The CAD Society

Vendors include:

Bentley
BLIS
Compaq
Dell
EDS PLM Solutions
Graphisoft
IBM/Dassault Systemes
Microsoft Corp.
Océ-USA Inc.
PTC
Timberline

Creating Relationships
COFES is sponsored and attended by more than 30 engineering, CAD/CAM and manufacturing publications from across the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition, hand-picked industry analysts and consultants complement the broad spectrum of attendees. COFES then works to create a unique environment to allow participants to build relationships, develop business opportunities and gain introductions to people of influence.

Attending COFES
This unique industry conclave is limited to 240 invited attendees, consisting of top-level engineering executives from user companies; the trade press corps; prominent consultants and analysts; and leading executives of the top engineering software firms.

COFES was designed by leading industry commentators Brad Holtz, Evan Yares, and Joel Orr as an event which leverages the best features of successful industry conferences to allow participants to interact with the industry at all levels. "Both COFES2000 and COFES2001 set the precedent for a new breed of conference," said Orr. "COFES 2002 is set to define the industry's future"

COFES2002 is open to the user community by invitation only. To request an invitation or for information, please call 301-365-9085, or visit http://www.cofes.com.

Calendar Information
COFES2002: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software
May 2 - 5, 2002
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
http://www.cofes.com

About Cyon Research
Cyon Research, Corporation was formed by CAD industry consultants Brad Holtz, Joel Orr, and Evan Yares to build the knowledge of both suppliers and users of CAD and engineering software tools. Current products include COFES: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, the monthly Engineering Automation Report, CADwire.net, a leading provider of online news and analysis, and the annual CAD Rating Guide.

Over the next six months, Cyon Research will be delivering a range of new products, including industry reports, product comparisons, end-user research reports, and The Extranet Rating Guide. All products and services inform, enlighten, and foster thoughtful discussion. Cyon Research focuses on providing frameworks for communication and collaboration within the CAD and engineering software industry.

Cyon evaluates its success on how it positively affects the entire industry: helping engineers and designers get their products to market faster, with better quality and lower cost, achieves the vision of Cyon to inform, build understanding and to shape the future of the industry.

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For More Information Contact:

Cyon Research Corporation
8220 Stone Trail Dr, Bethesda, MD 20817-4556 USA
Tel: 301-365-9085
FAX: 301-365-4586
Internet: info@cyonresearch.com

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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