Arbortext Technical Committee meetings in Anaheim?
Does the session below (from Anica's announcement a couple of weeks ago) replace the Arbortext Technical Committee meetings?
*PTC SLM Technical Advisory Group scheduled in Anaheim for June 13 – 14, 2013*
Additionally, PTC is organizing a new dedicated user community to support the Arbortext technical information software users. Additional forums will also be provided specific to Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) technologies such as warranty and service parts management, among others. Immediately following PTC Global Live, PTC will host advisory group meetings for 2 days – at no charge for existing Arbortext users – that will provide product updates, roadmap discussions and topics that provided by the Arbortext community. The dates are scheduled for Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14. The proposed topics and agenda will follow soon. We anticipate that these Technical Advisory Groups will continue throughout the year. Please note we have a tentative plan to host a SLM Community Reception on Wednesday, June 12.
I think you could really win big playing Buzzword Bingo with these announcements.
I feel that perhaps the "Arbortext community" has become disheartened and cynical (like me!) over PTC's perceived (or more likely, actual) lack of interest in Arbortext software. These "afterthought" announcements seem like Band-Aids thrown out there to stop the hemorrhaging of long-time Arbortext users. Not that these users are leaving Arbortext (although some of them may be) but they are losing interest.
OTOH, maybe I'm just a "glass half empty" kind of a guy and things aren't as gloomy as they seem to me.
But here is an "I hope the glass is half full" view (or is it a wish, not a view?). PTC and PTC/User (not necessarily in coordination) are abandoning the Technical Committee model for Arbortext users which never really seemed to work for us. I came "late" to the game, and by that I mean post-AUGI. But it seemed to me that the Arbortext culture of users / developers / admins / partners was not suited to the TC model that honestly seems to work really well for the bulk of PTC customers (well, core product users, less or not at all for "acquired" users). So, reading between the lines of Anica's latest announcement and inferring the best possible outcome, maybe PTC is creating a day-and-a-half Arbortext-only conference following the main conference that will be company run (not TC based), address Arbortext only issues (putting all of us literally back in one room ... at least this year), avoid mentioning SIS as much as possible 😉 include product road maps and presentations (but not mentioning SIS 😉 and soliciting our feedback on whatever is being developed (but not SIS 😉
Oh, and it's free.
That could work, right? Then maybe next year they could provide a facility and a spot on the schedule for a demo jam. Maybe one user presentation. And grow from there. See, that glass is half-full.
According to an e-mail I just received from Anica (from her mobile from somewhere outside the US), those days are fee-free with or without a full registration to PTC Live. (As Ed pointed out, travel costs will still apply.) Also, Anica is working on the agenda ... we should see it end of week or early next.
On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:29 AM, Liz Fraley <email@example.com<br/>> wrote:
> It's only free if you've registered for PTC Live. It does have a fee > otherwise. > > Liz > > >
Ah ... this is not the Service Exchange event we are talking about. This is a two-day Arbortext event Thu/Fri only announced (as far as I can tell) in an adepters e-mail Anica sent in reply on some earlier e-mail thread. I quoted just that event at the top of this thread.
On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM, Liz Fraley <firstname.lastname@example.org<br/>> wrote:
> Seems the website doesn't know that. > > Service Exchange Registration Fees: >
From the email sent by Anica on Feb. 26, it appears there are now three separate 'events', the last being June 13-14. It does say no charge to existing Arbortext users.
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