Innovate Button at COFES 2006 draws Record Participation

Think-Tank Event for Engineering Technology Holds its Industry-Leading Position

BETHESDA, Md., March 27, 2006 - Cyon Research Corporation, a leading provider of analysis and consulting for engineering-technology markets, and host of COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software), announced that its premier event, COFES 2006, has seen unprecedented rates of registration and the think tank will open with record levels of participation next month.

COFES 2006, which is being held April 20-23, 2006 in Scottsdale, AZ., is an invitation-only industry event for the design side of the PLM and BIM community. Sponsors of this years event include: Microsoft, UGS, Spatial, Autodesk, The Targeted Advertising Consortium, The CAD Society, CADCAMNet, Innovate Forum, SolidWorks, Océ, and Seemage. Hosting Technology Suites this year are Adobe, Apple, CADwire, CubicEye, Infinite Z, Kubotek, Mathsoft, Dassault Systems, IBM, PTC, and UGS.

A major focus of COFES this year is its Innovate Button campaign: “Wouldnt it be great if there were a button we could push and innovation would just happen?” COFES 2006 will examine some new technologies we have seen that give us the hint that the fantasy “innovate button” might not be that unrealistic 6-10 years down the road. Innovation, both the inspiration and perspiration aspects, will be explored at COFES, including an examination of the role manufacturers, architects, and designers play to help leverage innovation with engineering technology to reach business goals.

Keynote speaker Alan Cooper, author of “The Inmates are Running the Asylum,” will look into the world of “what if,” addressing engineers need to understand and anticipate the needs of the users of software and computer products.

“Alan Coopers background and experience in both the software development and product design communities makes him the perfect person to take on the topic of innovation at COFES,” says Rick Stavanja, VP and CIO of Cyon Research and long-term follower of Coopers vision. “He is a pioneer of innovation, and his unique forward thinking has influenced an entire generation of designers of software, products, and business processes.”

“COFES 2006 is set to be our most impressive yet, with record attendance,” said Brad Holtz. “COFES has demonstrated that wonderful synergies take place when you bring together the leading minds in the engineering software industry and allow them to communicate with one another. We think of it as an environment of 'enhanced serendipity.”

What is COFES?
The seventh annual Congress on the Future of Engineering Software will take place at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, AZ, April 20-23, 2006. COFES, a mainstay of the engineering software industry, provides an intensive conference atmosphere where private and public discussions are held. Attendees are executives, end users, CAD and PLM vendors, analysts, and press, who work together to determine, define, and clarify the business issues of engineering technologies.

COFES is an invitation-only event. To find out more information, or to request an invitation, please visit

About Cyon Research
Cyon Research Corporation is a provider of analysis and consulting for engineering technology markets. Cyon Research provides information, research, analysis, and consulting to its clients worldwide. COFES: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software is Cyon Researchs primary event, and explores investments necessary today to take advantage ofand profit fromfuture technologies.™ is Cyon Researchs Web-based search engine and research resource for market information, news, and industry commentary. Other Cyon Research publications include CADCAMNet™ and Engineering Automation Report™, a subscription newsletter providing insight, analysis, and reviews on technology specific to manufacturing disciplines.

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Published: Monday, March 27, 2006


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