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  • Configura announces complete schedule for 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

    More speakers, breakout sessions – including internationally known designer Primo Orpilla and a live, virtual tour of Orgatec

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—Aug. 6, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the complete schedule for the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference being held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Conference registration is open at www.configura.com/userconference/.

    “We’re excited to offer more speakers, breakout sessions and variety,” said Configura Vice President Peter Brandinger, who heads up Configura’s Grand Rapids office. “With more than 20 sessions and events, we’re looking forward to the best conference yet.”

    The conference is for contract furniture dealership interior designers, dealer IT professionals and office-furniture dealer management. Last year, people attended from all over North America and even parts of Central and South America.

    “Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and network with CET Designer ‘power-users’ and Configura team members,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said. “We’ve designed the conference so people learn new skills and gain valuable information from industry leaders that is relevant to their daily work.”

    This is the second year in a row that the conference will be held in West Michigan. It previously had been held in Las Vegas. Configura, a Sweden-based company, opened a Grand Rapids office in 2006 to be in the heart of the North American contract furniture industry. Such companies as Steelcase and Haworth, both located in West Michigan, and their dealers, use Configura software.

    The conference unofficially opens the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 21, with a slate of welcome events designed to showcase Grand Rapids.

    The conference officially opens Wednesday, Oct. 22, with presentations by Configura leaders offering an update on what’s new and upcoming in CET Designer, followed by Configura Co-Founder and Vice President of R&D Göran Rydqvist presenting Good Design and Why We Do What We Do!

    The day’s highlight is keynote speaker Primo Orpilla, the award-winning co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Yelp, Evernote, Cisco, Open Table and many other companies. Orpilla will speak on The Paradigm Shift in workplace design.

      Breakout sessions that day include:
    • CET Designer as a Sales Tool
    • Tips and Tricks with CET Designer
    • Winning with CET Designer
    • Innovative and Advanced Ways to Use CET Designer
    • Special Tips for Haworth and Steelcase Users
    • CET Designer and Business Strategy Discussion
    • Developer Discussion
    • Revit 101 – A&D Perspective
    • Sustainable Materials – How to Make the Best Choices
    • Embracing Company Culture Through Design
    • Everyone Sells – What’s the Secret?
    • SketchUp Fundamentals
    • Using CET Designer in Universities

    The day concludes with a dinner and Halloween-themed party at The B.O.B., a popular nightclub venue in Grand Rapids.

    The conference continues Thursday, Oct. 23, with a special presentation by Monday Morning Quarter Back Senior Reporter and Editor Rob Kirkbride who will join the conference from Orgatec in Germany via live-video stream. Orgatec in Cologne, Germany, is the largest contract furniture and facilities fair of its kind in the world. Kirkbride will give a virtual tour of what’s exhibiting at Orgatec and the global trends on the horizon.

    The morning’s events continue with such breakout sessions as Edit Graphics, Photo Lab and Rendering, Material Lab and Lighting Techniques, CET Designer and Other Programs, RevLink, Introduction to CET Designer and ProjectSymbols.

    Manufacturer-partner breakout sessions for Steelcase, Haworth and Teknion follow in the afternoon.

    The winners of the Best of CET Designer Awards will be announced that same day, followed by official closing of the conference. The call for entries for the awards program – which this year will feature a grand prize of a trip to Configura headquarters in Sweden – will be announced soon.

    The complete schedule and registration information is at www.configura.com/userconference/. Social media hashtags are #CETDesignerUC and #CETDesignerAwards.

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    About the company

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer®

    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

  • Configura announces August webinars

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—August 8, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces free August webinars:

    Edit Graphics in CET Designer
    Aug. 13 – 3 p.m.
    Aug. 27 – 1 p.m.

    Getting Started with CET Designer
    Aug. 14 – 4 p.m.

    Tools for Working in CET Designer: Favorites, Blocks & Alternatives
    Aug. 21 – 11 a.m.
    Aug. 25 – 1 p.m.

    The free webinars are for anyone, whether a Beginner or Advanced CET Designer user. Please call 877-568-4106 and use code 671-407-662 and join by clicking on “Join Webinar Now” at www.configura.com/cet/training. To contact Configura directly with any questions or suggestions, call 877-238-0808.

    Learn more about additional courses and opportunities at www.configura.com.

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    About the company

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer®

    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

  • Configura announces winner of free trip to 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Conference is in Grand Rapids, Mich., for second year in a row

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—July 31, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announces the winner of the free trip to its 7th annual CET Designer User Conference being held in October in Grand Rapids, Michigan. CET Designer users were invited to stop by Configura’s booth at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago in June to register for the free-trip drawing.

    The winner is Dana Diaz-Campos, an interior designer/space planner at Lincoln Office, a Steelcase dealer in Crown Point, Indiana.

    “I’m looking forward to learning how to use CET Designer more efficiently with new tips and tricks,” she says. “I also want to meet other users,” Diaz-Campos said. She’s particularly interested in the CET Designer User Conference session Revit 101 through an A&D perspective with Laura Masters, and she hopes to learn more about the direction the A&D community is moving in.

    The 7th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is the second year in a row that the conference will be held in West Michigan, which is home to the world’s largest office furniture manufacturers, including Steelcase and Haworth. Additional conference highlights include a keynote presentation by designer Primo Orpilla, a state of the industry presentation and breakout sessions for designers, IT and dealer management. CET Designer “power-user” instructors will share their techniques and best practices in implementing and using the software. User Conference details and registration information will be available at http://www.configura.com/userconference.

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    About the company

    Configura creates intelligent space-planning software for manufacturers, dealers and designers in the Contract Furniture, Kitchen and Bath, Material Handling and Industrial Machinery industries. The company’s software products, including CET Designer®, are used by more than 10,000 people around the world. Configura Sverige AB, the parent company, is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden, with commercial operations in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Founded in 1990, Configura is privately owned with more than 90 employees worldwide and annual sales of more than $10 million USD. More information at www.configura.com.

    About CET Designer®

    Based on technology created by Configura, CET Designer® is intelligent, highly visual and intuitive space-planning software that simplifies specifying and selling of products in a variety of industries. It’s a complete solution that quickly and accurately handles every step of the sales and order process. In CET Designer®, components that represent manufacturers’ products look and behave like actual products. Users drag and drop components into 2D and 3D virtual environments; behind the scenes, the software tracks components, calculates pricing and prevents user errors. Users can create and generate layouts, quotes, photorealistic renderings, movies, installation drawings, reconfigurations and bills of materials – in other words, everything needed to propose on work and place orders. CET Designer® is the future of space planning. More information at www.configura.com/cet.

  • Primo Orpilla to keynote 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Conference is in Grand Rapids, Mich., for second year in a row

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—June 9, 2014—Configura, maker of CET Designer software, announced today that Primo Orpilla will keynote its 7th annual CET Designer User Conference.  Orpilla is a cofounder and principal of Studio O+A, a San Francisco-based interior design firm known for technology clients eBay, Facebook, PayPal and Yelp.

    “Primo is a leader in changing workplace design – we’re so excited for him to keynote our user conference,” Configura Support and Training Manager Tracy Lanning said.

    Orpilla will talk about how technology and demographics in the last decade have converged to change the way people work and live. He will address that change in his wide-ranging review of the workplace typologies, the varieties of space types and architectural motifs that contribute to a successful work environment.

    In 2011, Contract magazine named Studio O+A Designers of the Year.

    Orpilla is a leader in “democratic design,” with an emphasis on each client’s workplace culture.

    “I think a good designer is a storyteller, ideally a ‘ghostwriter,’” Orpilla said. “In many ways, clients want to weave the fabric of their story into their space. A designer should have many voices and points of view.”

    Configura made the announcement during the annual NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago. Orpilla, at NeoCon to present at the show, stopped by Configura’s space at NeoCon to meet with company leaders and showroom visitors.

    CET Designer users at NeoCon can stop by Configura’s space, 8-3062, to enter to win a free trip to the user conference.

    The 7th annual CET Designer User Conference will be held Oct 22-23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. This is the second year in a row that the conference will be held in West Michigan, which is home to the world’s largest office furniture manufacturers, including Steelcase and Haworth.

    Additional conference highlights include a state of the industry presentation and breakout sessions for designers, IT and dealer management. CET Designer “power-user” instructors will share their techniques and best practices in implementing and using the software.

    User Conference details and registration information will be available at http://www.configura.com/userconference

  • Configura exhibits at NeoCon 2014, Booth 8-3062

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., USA—May/June 2014—Configura, maker of award-winning CET Designer® software used by Haworth, Inscape, KI, Steelcase, Teknion and other major contract furniture manufacturers, exhibits at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair June 9-11 in Chicago.

    Visit Configura at Booth 8-3062

    Highlights include demos of CET Designer 5.0 and the new Catalogues solution (media: see press releases in Configura’s NeoCon Newsroom at http://configura.com/neocon/). Visitors to Configura’s NeoCon space will experience renderings so real they look like photos. Big-screen, high-definition TVs will display Configura’s software solutions in action.

    NeoCon contest – trip to 7th annual CET Designer User Conference

    Configura invites CET Designer users to stop by its NeoCon booth on June 9-10 to register for a chance to win a trip to the 7th annual CET Designer User Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. The winner will be drawn June 11 at NeoCon. The winner does not need to be present to win.

    Relax in Configura’s new space on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart

    NeoCon attendees are invited to mingle with Swedish software super-geeks, fashionable designers and office-furniture aficionados in Configura’s larger, redesigned NeoCon exhibition space, 8-3062. Swedish coffee and cocktails will be served.