The Congress On the Future of Engineering Software Convenes to Map Out Future Software Development

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 27,2001 -- Cyon Research, joined by event
sponsors Microsoft and Compaq, welcomed over one hundred fifty invited
engineering software executives, corporate leaders, visionaries and press to
The Congress On the Future of Engineering Software. Technology vendors that
help drive innovations in industries such as automotive, aerospace, high
technology, engineering and architecture have come together for this two day
event to present their development visions, map out future product releases
and plan collaboration between software applications. Together, the vendors
at this event represent over $4.0B in annual software sales to the engineering
community.

Highlights of the technology being showcased by COFES participants are as
follows:

* Microsoft will be showcasing their developments in enhanced collaboration and integration between product design organizations and the extended enterprise. Highlighted at the show is Vision 2002, the first Microsoft developed version of the drawing and diagramming software application.

* Compaq will introduce new wireless and mobility solutions designed exclusively for engineers. For many software developers, this will be their first look at these groundbreaking devices that are anticipated to redirect new application development in future years.

* Bentley Systems will be presenting new concepts for integrating design and asset management systems that they believe will lead to reduced costs of operations for design firms and property owners.

COFES participants are responsible for creating and deploying strategic
engineering applications such as design (architectural, mechanical,
engineering), project extranets, e-commerce, collaboration, project
management, facilities management, knowledge management, technical document management and others. Some of the expected topics of discussion include collaboration, application development on mobile platforms, new design tools and their potential impact, online procurement, application and data
integration, and knowledge management.

About COFES
The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software is being held
April 27-28, 2001, in Scottsdale, Arizona. COFES is a forum for people of
vision and influence to relax, and to think about, discuss, and create the
future of engineering software. COFES is designed for decision-makers (CEOs,
CIOs, CTOs, presidents, vice-presidents, directors, etc.) from the vendor,
user, press, academic, VAR, investment, consulting, and research communities.
The goal of the two-day event is to bring clarity, vision, and focus to the
definition of the issues facing the engineering software community, and to
speculate about what is just over the horizon.

About Cyon Research
Cyon Research Corporation ( http://www.cyonresearch.com ) is a strategic
consulting firm working in the engineering software industry. Formed by
respected consultants Dr. Joel Orr, W. Bradley Holtz, and Evan Yares, the
company has a reputation for integrity, insight, and credibility. Cyon
Research produces the industry forum COFES: The Congress on the Future of
Engineering Software (April 27-28, http://www.cofes.com ), and publishes
CADwire ( http://www.cadwire.net ), Engineering Automation Report
( http://www.eareport.com ), A-E-C Automation Newsletter
( http://www.aecnews.com ), EXTRANET NEWS, AEC and EXTRANET NEWS mfg
( http://www.extranetnews.com ), and The CAD Rating Guide
( http://www.cadratingguide.com ). Additionally, the firm provides strategic
consulting services and market research.

Published: Friday, April 27, 2001

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