A lot of ch-ch-changes happening in my life right now. I’ve been in talks with MSC Software to join its exciting rebirth. This wasn’t an easy decision. If you read my blog, you’ll know that I’m totally passionate about and focused on whatever product I choose to support. I talk about this stuff way too much… ask my wife.
Yesterday was my last day at SpaceClaim. It was the bittersweet end to 2 years and 2 months of working in the trenches of an unknown product in an unknown category of engineering software.
The term “History-Free” or “Direct Modeling” was completely foreign to 90% of the people I spoke with in 2008. And, forget about “3D Concept Modeling” or “Bid Modeling.” CAD was CAD and that’s all anyone knew. Today, most people are aware. And the industry is rapidly changing for the better.
My previous posting with CFdesign was the same in this respect. Back in 1999, everyone looked at me like I was nuts when I suggested that BSME Engineers could (and often should) perform CFD simulations. Now, Upfront CFD is a rich category with real competition. (PS: It’s not a real category until there is valid competition.)
Today, I’m satisfied that a new era of engineering productivity and creativity is upon us. Given the hyper-speed of market forces, and the trend towards mass customization- companies need to innovate more quickly than ever before. Traditional CAD (limited to the hands of a minority of drafting experts) ain’t the right vehicle for that.
I’ve struggled with weight and fitness for many years. I finally got serious about changing my habits on December 26, 2010. Through a simple program laid out in The Four Hour Body, I have already dropped 10 pounds and am feeling great. I believe the tide has turned. Proper diet and regular exercise are now a priority in my life.
Time Management Changes
Read this article on my new GTD system. ‘Nuff said.
My Twitter experiment is over. I deleted my Twitter account today. While I now understand the value people find in Twitter, I just don’t see enough practical value for me. In fact, it can be dangerous. And, it can eat up a lot of time with a low ROI.
Don’t come at me with reasons to stay on Twitter. I’m not saying it is worthless. I’m just saying it fits squarely in my “Professional Wrestling” category. Millions of people love it. And, I don’t hold that against them. It just ain’t for me.
If you want to communicate with me. The best options are:
401-405-1196 (mobile phone)
jeff AT jeffwaters DOT com
Or, if you know my address, send a letter or knock on my door.
I expect this one isn’t going to be well received by many of you.
When I started blogging in September 2007, I had no real plan or reason. I just knew I had amassed a lot of expertise around helping companies to effectively implement CAE strategies… and this whole “social media” thing was all over the news. So, I jumped in.
Unlike my experience with Twitter, blogging most definitely IS for me. I’ve enjoyed an amazing collection of conversations and new relationships with people who found me strictly through this blog. I routinely have people contact me to ask if I’d let them bounce their CAE situation off me for advice. I’ve even had a few companies pull together some decision makers to conference call me about products and categories I don’t even represent!
These are the rewarding experiences that have kept me excited and writing here. I want to encourage you to contact me anytime with these requests. My door is open. And each experience helps me as much as it does the askee.
With that, I’m announcing my blogbatical. While I do fully intend to continue writing in the future, I am imposing a 3 month (minimum) break. MSC Software will be taking me into some great new CAE territory. The company has a wide selection of products for different needs and applications. I need to focus on learning as much as I can about these offerings and industry challenges as quickly as possible.
Fire hose inserted, ready to drink.
On the upside: when I do return to blogging, I’ll be coming with a brand new collection of fresh insights and observations. The easiest ways to get notified of my return:
Thanks for being such a great audience!