Taxal at COFES 2010

COFES is a unique event that brings together executives from design, engineering, architectural, development and technology companies together with a select group of end users of technology to understand the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of business.

This year’s event was well attended with over 260 attendees ( with a handful of participants not able to make the journey due to air travel restrictions from Europe. Most Europeans were delayed in their return journey, but speaking personally I can at least be grateful for being stranded in sunny climes and in the hospitable company of Al Dean and Martyn Day, publishers of Develop3D.

Of the first time attendees to COFES, I was delighted to host Kristian Talvitie from PTC, Frank Patz-Brockmann from Contact Software, Vinay Wagle from CADCAM-E and Rupert Poon from Romax Technology. Hopefully they found our briefings and discussions worthwhile, as did all with whom I spoke.

Highlights of the event included the many varied discussions in both formal and informal session. Amongst the many topics were those on new product developments, industry and end-user trends, and the opportunities and challenges facing the industry and our customers.

Insightful keynotes of specific note were delivered by Peter Marks (Blind Spotting : FACTS FIRST) and Bo Burlingham (Got Mojo?). I understand that videos and sound recordings (of these and other sessions) are due to be posted on-line at the COFES web site in the near future and I thoroughly recommend taking a few minutes to listen to/watch them.

My particular technology suite briefing focused on ‘Cloud and Channel’; a thought provoking session with excellent interaction from the many and varied participants. Based on the fact that there was standing room only for this meeting, this is a topic that’s near and dear to many of the attendees’ hearts; end user and suppliers alike. My thanks to Kenneth Wong from Desktop Engineering for his published excerpts which can be found on his observations page .

Allan Behrens of Taxal to represent industry views at SME event.

Providing industry insight and comment in this at the Innovative Engineering Workshops on the 11th February in Warwick, UK, Allan aims to help increase the opportunity for the smaller UK business to take advantage of technology to increase their opportunity and competitiveness.
With engineering SMEs playing such a crucial role in the UK economy and in a world that demands speed, accuracy & flexibility, it is vital to UK competitiveness that SMEs adopt world-class engineering processes, powered by the most advanced technologies available.
Intended to be the first of a series of events and supported by the Regional Development Agency and Warwick Manufacturing Group’s Digital Labs, this particular event is aimed at Engineering Managers in West Midland SMEs.  The day is focused on helping companies manage and maintain ever increasing amounts of engineering information and the escalating burdens of compliancy and administration from complex regulatory & technical requirements.
For more information or to register your interest in attending please go to Innovative Engineering Workshops

Analyst insight at the Conference On the Future of Engineering Software in Scottsdale, Arizona

Taxal’s participation in this global event will focus on the changing nature of sales channels and partner relationships. With cloud based offerings and software as a service deliverables being on many of our agendas’ are authors and partners ready for any necessary change? Indeed what’s the change needed and is there an opportunity to adapt or extend partner networks to take advantage of emerging trends in the market?
COFES, hosted at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale Arizona from the 15th through the 17th April 2010, is the engineering software industry’s only annual think tank event which brings executives from design, engineering, architectural, development and technology companies together to understand the role engineering technology will play in the future survival and success of business.
For more information on COFES go to

Taxal launches new web site

We’re delighted to announce the publishing of our new web site at

Not only is the site our information portal but it’s our intention to allow users to use it as discussion and networking portal for those involved in the sale, service and use of IT in business. (Essentially all of the IT industry including users, suppliers and industry pundits).

We’ll try to keep our news and views to a minimum and encourage others to use our facilities to provide valued contributions that encourage discussion and thought leadership to the community at large.

Visitors can make comments on content, view forums and blog topics and add their own input to forum discussions by registering on our web site. There are no costs for participation.

Our primary objective is to facilitate but not necessarily seed discussion topics. We’re happy to leave that to others! (Remembering, of course that these are intended for the benefit of the community).

Please remember that the site is meant to engender positive and constructive discussion, as such we reserve the right to remove anything which may be deemed likeley to cause offence or is against the interest of the community.