The (3D) view from Paris

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First things first: If you’ve never been to Paris, the Eiffel Tower is every bit as beautiful as you’ve heard it is.

I’ve been invited to participate in Seemage’s worldwide sales meeting this week in Paris. And although I don’t have exactly this perfect view of the Tower, I can look just to my left as I write this and see the top half of the tower. It’s about about 500m from my hotel (the bottom is obscured by another building). Lemme tell ya, everyone who says Paris is special is right.

But better than the view out my hotel window is what I’ve heard today from Seemage’s sales and technical team about the market is responding to the technology.

Today, a series of presentations from the French sales team on customer successes simply blew us all away. Some of Europe’s largest and most sophisticated manufacturers have woken up to the opportunities Seemage brings to achieve new efficiencies and productivity.

Even more amazing is to hear the US folks saying, “Every time I talk to a customer, I get traction.” You’ll be hearing more about that here, just as soon as I can get the news releases drafted and approved.

At lunch today Bruno Delahaye and Eric Piccuezzu took the time to explain a new way of thinking about Seemage to me that stuck me like an epiphany.

In short, they have a single PowerPoint slide (I hope to eventually post it here) which shows how a set of ever-changing inputs from can automatically produce and recreate deliverables across the enterprise, with full associativity. I gotta tell you, it’s a killer view of the way Seemage works, and it’s all here today.

There’s a lot more to come this week…and I’ll be posting it here. Please check back on Wednesday for an important announcement. Also be sure to update your podcast feed on Friday for the second puzzle animation and for details of our attendance next week at SolidWorks World 2007 in New Orleans.

If I may add something here that sounds like pure propaganda (and, after all, who’s gonna stop me? (-: ), people who have worked in the software industry a long time know that great product sometimes doesn’t get its fair shake in the marketplace. That’s almost always a problem of timing: customers aren’t ready…the company can’t articulate its vision well…and on and on.

From what I’ve seen so far this week…what customers are doing (writing checks) and what the development team is delivering (major new releases), Seemage’s product vision has reached its “early peak” at the exact moment in time customers are ready to adopt it.

This is an amazing thing to see and be part of. You should check it out. Seriously, this product information everyware thing is for real.

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