PTC’s Project Lightning

Armed with a chilled beer I sat myself down for the PTC Partner web meeting this evening. The invitation email said that Brian Shepherd, Executive Vice President of Product Development, would be updating partners on PTC’s product road map. Somehow I got the feeling that he was going to give us more information about Project Lightning (see “What is PTC’s Project Lightning?“). And I was right. However, the contents of the hour long presentation were confidential. So unfortunately I cannot disclose anything here.

Now if you have been keeping track of my blog, you probably know that I like to flirt with danger a little. The thing about confidentiality is that I respect it 100%. I also adhere to it 100%. So whatever PTC said and showed in the web meeting was confidential and will remain confidential, at least on this blog. But I don’t believe the questions that attendees asked Brian can be considered as confidential information of PTC. So here goes:

1) Will our investment in Pro/TOOLKIT be of use on the Lightning Platform?

2) Is Project Lightning a CAD only solution or will it cover Windchill as well?

3) What are the plans of incorporating Direct Modeling in Pro/ENGINEER?

4) Is Lightning going to be a Cloud platform?

5) Will Lightning be a Windows only platform?

The last question was mine and was probably a bit too nosy. So Brian replied that he could not offer a useful reply which is quite understandable.

So I guess this makes you none the wiser as to what Project Lightning really is? Or does it? I can tell you one thing though. PTC’s Project Lightning is going to be one big heck of a deal.

  • When are you allowed to talk about it?

  • I guess when Lightning strikes on 28th October. 😉

  • Guest

    I hope PTC will finally stop using the most dreaded word in Southern California — Wildfire.
    So, errr, ummm, did they talk about the Thunder yet ?

  • I guess when Lightning strikes on 28th October. 😉

  • Deelipreader

    should we prepare ourselves to hear something new other than social product development,cloud and direct modeling in october?

  • Guest

    Not sure if you are still under NDA, if not can you give us an update about these points ?

    • 1) Will our investment in Pro/TOOLKIT be of use on the Lightning Platform?

      >> Yes

      2) Is Project Lightning a CAD only solution or will it cover Windchill as well?

      >> Only CAD

      3) What are the plans of incorporating Direct Modeling in Pro/ENGINEER?

      >> Creo Elements/Direct appears to be the CoCreate direct modeling solution or Pro/ENGINEER with some direct modeling features bolted on to it.

      4) Is Lightning going to be a Cloud platform?

      >> No.

      5) Will Lightning be a Windows only platform?

      >> For now, yes.

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