I spent the whole of today in the lobby of the Le Meridian hotel in Sheshan on the outskirts of Shanghai interviewing a bunch people while Christmas carols played in the background. Today I had interviews with the following people:
- Brian Shepherd (Executive Vice President, Product Development)
- Jason Schern (VP, Global Services) and Jonathan Boyce (VP, Aerospace, Defence & Automotive Global Services)
- Mark Wesley (VP, Maintenance Sales, Asia Pacific)
- Jake Simpson (Senior General Manager, Mathcad Business Unit) and Brent Edmonds (Mathcad Business Development Director)
- Doo Hyun Park (Technical Director, Amkor Technology, Korea)
- Qiu Guohua (Engineering Quality Director, Shanghai Automotive Company, China)
- Bjarne Frandsen (MCAD Specialist, Bang & Olufsen, Denmark)
By the end of it all I was sick and tired of listening to three things: “competitive advantage”, “value proposition” and “jingle bells”.
One of my objectives of coming to Shanghai to attend PlanetPTC was to learn more about Creo and if possible play with the software. The latter was not possible. The only things shown to us were videos that I had already seen before. However, I was able to piece together some information about Creo from the interviews I did with PTC executives over the past two days. I intend to write about that in a separate blog post.
Disclosure: PTC paid for my flights from Las Vegas to Shanghai and Shanghai to Goa. They also paid for my hotel accommodation and airport transfers. In fact, since this is my first time in China, they recommended that I do some tourist stuff. They just moved me to the LDF All Suites Hotel in Shanghai so that I could spend the next two days looking around the city. They are paying for the extra two days as well. I think they like me. 😉
After I post this I am going out scouting for a tall building with a restaurant to have dinner. 😉
The Le Meridian lobby