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CET 2.3 Released

After a long month of working to get everything ready for the release, we are finally here!

A couple of hours ago, we released CET2.3.

We still have a lot of ideas and things to achieve but it really does feel like we are getting further and further forward every release!

Now we have to keep our focus and continue with the projects we have, There are lots of challenges ahead!

 

 

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RSS feed is something really nice and it really help you to follow a lot of websites and blogs without you having to visit every single one of them to get the latest updates. Here at Configura.com we love RSS and you can find a number of different feeds here.

A new cool feature I’ve added is that you now can get the latest updates from our Newsroom directly to your mailbox. Just go to our RSS page, where you’ll find all our feeds, there is a link where you can sign up for email updates – or just follow this link and fill out your email address.

And if you haven’t understood the good thing with RSS, take a look at this video from commoncraft:

 

Back in our daily routine

Now we are back into the daily routine after User Conference. We have a lot of interesting materials from the conference with us back home and we are working at full speed to make it available to you. The various breakout sessions were something that was appreciated of you who attended and Maureen Soules, Paul Riches and Raza Syed did a very good job. We hope to soon be able to publish videos from these sessions.

Brian Bosley did an interesting and very nice presentation of how to courage to change, Molly has written about this earlier. Brian's presentation will also be available here at configura.com. Did you find anything especially interesting or any special presentation that you would like to see? If so, just let me know and I'll see what I can do .

In the meantime, I recommend you to take some time and look at all the nice renderings that were submitted to rendering contest.
Or you can take a look at our gallery from the conference.

Vision and Virtuosity

Joey Shimoda

Joey Shimoda:

“If I’m not sketching, I’m not thinking. There’s a direct relationship between vision and virtuosity.”
I admit, I had to look up ‘virtuosity.’ It’s one of those words that you know intuitively, but if you had to define it, well …
vir·tu·os·i·ty
  1. The technical skill, fluency, or style exhibited by a virtuoso (a person who has a special knowledge or skill in a field) or a composition.
  2. An appreciation for or interest in fine objects of art.
So, Joey Shimoda, AIA, our User Conference’s keynote speaker, founder of L.A.-based Shimoda Design Group, basically said thinking’s not thinking unless he’s producing.
I thought about the ideas floating around in my head that had never come to fruition. I thought about Brian Bosley’s presentation and his words about ambition and action ... and inaction … and regret.
Joey Shimoda lives fully in the present, surrounded by – infused by – his work. Shuttering any regret.
What a gift. … What a choice.
Soon, we’ll be posting content – including videos and images – from our User Conference. If you weren’t able to make it this year, you’ll still be able to experience at least some of what this year’s incredible conference had to offer … including Joey’s powerful words. Plus, his perspective on design trends. Stay tuned.

 

More about the courage to change ...

So, Change Part Two. This picks up where we left off with Brian Bosley's presentation at the User Conference.
 
We hear a lot about how the world is full of "haves" and "have-nots." But what about the "wills" and "will-nots"? Brian asked us.
 
Attitude, ambition - these qualities affect our work life ... and the quality of our overall life.
 
Attitude and ambition can propel us forward. Their lack can hold us back. "Sometimes our greatest challenge isn’t to learn something new but to first unlearn something we already know. To get out of our comfort zone," Brian said.
 
That’s the essence of change.
 
Change is the true catalyst to all new discoveries, new inventions and breakthroughs, new artistic endeavors, new conquests of the mind.
 
Change isn't easy. It's a process. Humans usually go through three phases of change:
 
  1. Ridicule - they're laughed at or ignored for changing
  2. Opposition - they encounter outright opposition to their change (most "average" people give up on change at this point)
  3. Acceptance - the "non-average" bust through to acceptance - self-acceptance of change, and gaining the acceptance of others
What change stage are you in?
 
Here's why we avoid change:
 
1.       15 percent of us avoid change for fear of failure
2.       85 percent of us avoid change because of fear of success
 
Which change category do you fall in?
 
Brian told us, in his talk, that humans are born with only two fears – fear of falling and fear of loud noises. Every other fear has been learned.
 
What would you do differently if you weren’t afraid?
 
The pain of the change process is temporary. But the pain of regret can last the rest of one's life.
 
 

Day Two of User Conference underway ... but I still gotta tell you about Day One!

... So we last left off with me writing a bit about yesterday's morning sessions ... so much has happened since then.

First, check out some of the conference photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/configura/sets/72157622364473551/ ... stay tuned because I'll be posting photos from last night's dinner (yes, pics of Swedish Punsch Toast! - should I post the video as well?!  ) and "social pages" shots of our esteemed attendees!

So, yesterday Brian Bosley gave this incredible talk at the conference. It was late in the afternoon and everyone needed a serious sugar snack, but Brian's talk practically yanked me out of my seat. I went into note-taking over-drive.

 If you don't know Brian, he's this fantastic Grand Rapids, Mich.-based speaker and trainer - but he travels all over North America and probably beyond for his work. Companies ask Brian to speak because he is so good at talking about change - how to embrace it, not fear it. Some pearls from his presentation:

"Your biggest obstacle to greatness is what you did yesterday."

"Embrace 'creative destruction' - destroy what you created yesterday to build something better tomorrow."

"The modes of change:

  1. Shock - it's a way to change, but it's reactive. You're not in control. That's not good.
  2. Evolution - it's still reactive but you're getting on board. The problem is, you might be trying to hop a train that's already left the station. That's not the greatest.
  3. Anticipation - true creators and leaders anticipate change - indeed, they themselves may be the catalyst for change. This is where we want to be.

... which one do YOU most identify with?"

There's more - lots more. Good stuff. Wanted to give you a taste of it - more in a bit.

Live from Las Vegas,

Molly

Looking forward to the second day of the user conference

Today is the second and final day for the user conference and we are looking forward to another exiting day with a lot of interesting presentations. Yesterday was a really good day and I think that all of us that attended the sessions and the presentations are satisfied how the day went on.

Last night we ended the day with cocktails and then dinner. Everybody seemed to have a really good time; the food was good as well as the Swedish flaggpunsch that we had. It was also nice get to talk with the user of CET Designer and get to know them a little bit better.

Here are a few photos from day one; more will be uploaded later on.

CET Designer User Conference - Day One - Hittin' the Ground and There's No Stopping!

So, CET Designer folks across North America beyond ...

Configura's 2nd annual User Conference in sunny, blue-sky-beautiful Las Vegas is off to a running start at The Venetian/Palazzo - wow - unbelievably lux  and the room rate was way less than those teeny-tiny hotel rooms in Manhattan. :-) ... wish I had decided to stay through the weekend. Check out the link to this pic of the hotel http://tweetphoto.com/evbafpd0 - and we'll be posting conference pics soon on our Flickr site.

This week's MMQB had a big story about Configura (yes, reprints are tucked in our conference goody bags and the article also is at www.mmqb.com). Rob Kirkbride traveled to Sweden and around Europe, reporting back to North America about what's going on "across the pond." More stories and video of Rob's European Tour are also at www.mmqb.com and you can also see the video he took of Configura:

We had more than half of our registrants show up for the "Early Bird Power Peer" sessions - fantastic turnout. Everyone else arrives this afternoon for the official conference kickoff with CEO Johan Lyreborn welcoming all and sharing Configura's plans for some pretty cool things ... like, a user portal based on the best that social media technologies have to offer ... and, drumroll ... RevLink, the new CET Designer Revit Extension. ... See  http://www.configura.com/cet/revLink and http://www.configura.com/cet/revLink/revit for details.

So much more that I hope to blog about ... like our rendering winners ... our dinner this evening complete with the Swedish Punsch Toast (it's now a conference tradition) ... and our keynote speaker Joey Shimoda, an LA-based architect and designer of Steelcase showrooms in Santa Monica and Chicago's Merchandise Mart. He did some work for Frank Gehry. Designed the Rolex Building in Beverly Hills. High-rises in Japan. ... Yep, we'll be hearing a lot more about Joey Shimoda and his amazing work around the world. 

And you'll be hearing more from me.

Live from Las Vegas,

Molly*

*Configura's PR person/professional cheerleader! Go Configura!  (Had to add the shades b/c it is so sunny here! ;-)

 

User Conference Las Vegas!

Its still the middle of the night over there in Las Vegas, here its morning and full speed ahead at the Swedish office. The anticipation is building and everyone is very interested in what is happening over there. It feels very much like Christmas eve.

It still feels very hard not to have been able to come to the User Conference this year as I am just a few weeks away from being a father for the second time, but I know there will be more chances and that we have a really competent group of people there!

I really hope everyone enjoys the conference, the team that has been preparing for the conference have worked extremely hard and even behind the scenes, its hard to imagine how much effort goes into something like this. So, with that said. GOOD LUCK! and as Johan Lyreborn would say - Stay sharp!

First day in Vegas – tomorrow the conference starts

Today was the first day in Las Vegas. After having checked in at the hotel, The Palazzo, we went straight to set up the conference rooms for tomorrow's conference. Everything seems to have gone well and the technology works properly, so the conditions for tomorrow´s events are perfect.

Also I can gladly say that Molly Klimas will be guest blogging here at configura.com from the conference. You can find her blog here.

Below are a couple of today's events in pictures.

Palazzo

Arrived in Grand Rapids

Today a group of four from Sweden arrived to the office in Grand Rapids. To get here included a lot of waiting and full flights, which meant that we had to spend the Sunday night in a hotel in Amsterdam. After some hassles we finally came all the way to the office, even if somewhat delayed.

Tomorrow we’re going on to Las Vegas and The Venetian hotel to put everything in order for the upcoming User Conference, which begins on Wednesday. There is much to be done for everyone who is there and much planning to do, but it looks like this user conference will be a success.

You will be able to follow the conference here on configura.com, so be sure to come back here the next few days.

New issue of CET Designer E-newsletter with Teknion dealership case study

Last week a new issue of our CET Designer newsletter (sign up for it here!) was brought to you. In this issue we had a lot of great stuff for you who are using CET Designer or if you are a Steelcase, Haworth or Teknion manufacturer.

Our main story was an article of how McCrum’s, a Teknion dealership, has invested in CET Designer and Teknion Storyboard Extension. The article describes how McCrum’s use the software as a complete solution for their sales and design process. You can read the article here, and if you would like read other stories of how CET Designer is used check out our case study archive.

And don’t forget that…

…tomorrow, Sept. 25, is last day to post entries for the CET Designer Awards Program, where you have the chance to win a new computer. Find out more about the awards program.

Cloud Computing – right now or later?

I really like the idea of having my work available on any device wherever I go at anytime. That’s an “I want it all and I want it now” approach to work. Instant sharing of information would make things easier and faster. Cloud Computing creates transparency in our collaborative life. So, let’s go for it… or are we not ready? What do you think?

No pain, no gain : The Challenge Zone

The next few weeks are very very busy for me. Today I am travelling to Oslo in Norway to visit a prospective client and perform a pre-study. Exciting! Next week we have a new release for Marbodal and then I am travelling to the Grand Rapids office for a week. After that it feels like I am booked up for as long as I can scroll down in my outlook calender.

Its scary and at the same time a lot of fun to know that you are in demand and a lot of things need to be done!

Unfortunately we have come to the decision that I wont be attending the User Conference this year. I am due to become a father within a few weeks of the UC and it wouldnt feel right to be away so close in case anything happens. Tobias Wester will be there to represent me on the day. It is such a shame as I was so looking forward to being there!

Take the challenges head on!

 

This top of the line computer is our first prize in the UC contest – win it here

Computer

(UPDATED) This computer is our grand prize in our User Conference Awards Program. Last year’s success with the rendering contest gave us the idea to add two more categories: best large project design and best success story.  This means that we now have three categories, where you can win a lot of great prizes. 

This computer is put together by our specialist so you can get most out of CET Designer and as fast as possible. The computer is a high-end desktop with a 3.06 GHz Inter Core processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 graphics card and a two 20” monitors. CET Designer and Windows XP are of course pre-loaded on this computer. All of this has a retail value of $3500! The only thing you have to do to win this one is to submit to the User Conference Awards.

Below you will find more specifications of the computer:

  • Monitor: SAMSUNG P2070 High glossy black 20" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen
  • Graphics card: EVGA 01G-P3-1182-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 1GB 512-bit DDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card
  • Video card: EVGA 01G-P3-1182-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 1GB 512-bit DDR3PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power
  • CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D 
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3

You don’t have to attend to the Conference to submit to the contest. You will find all the details about it at the User Conference webpage

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