COFES 2014

COFES 2014: Correcting 2020 Vision
2020 is just six years ahead, well within the planning horizons of most companies. What should we be planning for? In the past six years, we’ve experienced significant progress in many areas.

Today we’re actively breaking down the silos between the design and engineering of the physical (CAD/CAE), electronics (EDA), and the logical (Software Engineering)
3D printing has moved from prototyping to a practical form of manufacturing
Decision-making has moved into the forefront of our conversation
Hardware horsepower is available on tap, either through clustering or via the cloud
We can simulate large models in their entirety, without engaging shortcuts
BIM has moved from an idea to a practical reality
Twitter was born in 2006, Facebook in 2004. Social media has transitioned from personal toys to political enablers and business realities
We’ve come a long way, but what can we expect to happen next? When you plan for the next six years, what types of changes are you envisioning? Some companies and industries are truly better at predicting (and acting upon) success—that elusive 2020 vision. What corrections do you need to make to your own vision to get 2020 foresight?
How might the multitudes of existing automated subsystems truly interoperate more effectively?
What strategies and investments offer the highest paybacks for systems success in the immediate years up to 2020?
Which technologies will continue to develop linearly?
Which existing developments will take off exponentially, or with unanticipatable emergent properties?
What game changers will change everything again?
At COFES 2014, we’ll address these questions and more.

The domain of COFES is the realm of software for design and engineering.
Our customers are those that create the world around us. They design the roads and bridges, the buildings we live and work in, the things we use and see around us.

The place to impact all of this is at the planning, design, and engineering stage. It’s where the leverage is. Our customers have the leverage to change the world.

The COFES community provides the tools to these people who have that leverage.

We’ve been able to absorb much change in the past. But today, with increased population, increased infrastructure, and increased global interdependencies, we have lost much of our flexibility to absorb such change without hardship. The reasons for this are understandable and to be expected. With our larger population we have less room to maneuver and have significant investments in infrastructure – all a result of unconstrained growth without concern for long-term consequences.

What’s worse, we may be having an impact that is resulting in such change coming more quickly – within a lifetime rather than over generations.

Change will come. And it’s not just weather that we have to adjust to. Changes will be painful to many – deadly to some; others will reap unexpected windfalls. The balance will shift.

What can we do about it? We can choose not to ignore it. We can think about longer term implications of our decisions and have longer term horizons for our planning.

We provide the tools to the people who have the leverage to implement change. We can help them innovate better.

At COFES, we ask “What can we do to make our customers more effective innovators?”

It’s not just about sharing best practices — the bigger question is “How can we innovate in the development of better practices?”

Let’s meet face-to-face and discuss these critical issues. We’re all in this together.