As of April 1, 2009, PTC successfully concluded the four IdeaSite events that were kicked off in mid-February. After running the events for 3 weeks and then spending 2 weeks reviewing the results, PTC is now ready to share the conclusions drawn from these ideation campaigns. The entire experience, a first of this type for us in gathering and discussing feedback for future product directions, has proven to be a successful. We have found it to be a valuable method of communication with us here at PTC. Much was learned by the Product Management team and many of the ideas generated by these events will be put in to products we are building right now!
To find the event results for:
1. Product Cost Management
2. Mathcad - Pro/E Interoperability
3. Windchill System Monitoring
4. Conceptual Engineering
Please see the attached conclusion documents.
For those of you who participated, we want to thank you for your involvement and valuable contributions. For those of you who did not participate this time, we will be running more ideation events in the future where you can get involved. It is you - our active and concerned PTC user community - that is helping drive our mutual success. We look forward to more collaboration like this in the months and years to come.
Don't screw up Mathcad just to add stuff to Pro/E. Mathcad has a large user base that does not necessarily use Pro/E. Make it a hard and fast requirement that these changes will not cause loss in functionallity of Mathcad or loss in performance. Numerical programs like Mathcad use lots of CPU to handle large data sets, and if all of these nice-ities for Pro/E decrease the performance --- You will lose Mathcad customers. I have been using Mathcad, since version 4, and it has the best interface for doing mathematics of any package out there. I have been very impressed with Mathsoft's ability to construct a quality product. From a software engineering standpoint, it sounds good. I believe you could actual do what you propose, but don't rush it. Do it with the Mathsoft's quality standard. David Hickerson PS. I used to program against Pro/Develop for Pro/E.