This past week marked a milestone in television history. Fifty years ago Friday, Star Trek debuted on US television screens (in color!). While much has been made about the impact that this icon show had on popular culture, entertainment and even race relations, its influence on the technology in our everyday lives is just as important. Continue reading
I recently had the pleasure of presenting the keynote presentation at the Convergence Conferences in Buenos Aires and Lima. ANSYS has a great partner in ESSS in South America, and everyone there was incredibly hospitable. While in Peru, I couldn’t resist the urge for a short side trip to one of the most popular bucket list destinations, Machu Picchu. What I wasn’t expecting during this once-in-a-lifetime trip was to get a quick and dirty lesson about engineering. Continue reading
About two years ago, ANSYS started using ‘Realize Your Product Promise’ as our unofficial tagline.
When we talk about the promise of a product, we’re really talking about a couple of different things. First, it means the product’s potential. Will this product save lives? Will it be a game changer for the industry? Will it lead to fame and fortune for you and your organization?
But the promise is literal as well. When a company – or an engineer or a production line worker – makes a product, it’s a promise to the user. It’s a promise of performance – that the product will work as advertised. That it will do what it is supposed to.
And maybe – just maybe – it’ll blow away your expectations.
The Chinese believe that you can’t be a true hero unless you climb the Great Wall of China. As someone who yearns to be a hero in everyone’s eyes, (much less the eyes of 1.3 billion Chinese folks), I set out to conquer the great wall earlier this month during a vacation to Beijing, Xi’an and Hong Kong.
First, a grossly abbreviated history of the Great Wall: While several small walls were constructed as early as the 8th century BC, it was Qin Shi Huang, considered the first emperor of China (and the body protected by the equally amazing terracotta warrior army), who devised a large wall to protect his territory from northern invaders. With the help of several other dynasties, the wall was modified over several thousand years, leading to a modernization effort by the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century. Continue reading