Adrian Fanjoy is a seven-year presenter at SolidWorks World. He’s Technical Services Manager at Computer Aided Technology, and his presentation “Tackling Administrative Images: Deploying SolidWorks to the Masses,” is scheduled for Wednesday 2/3 at 1:30 pm. Adrian was nice enough to sit down and talk for a few minutes about all things SolidWorks World.
Q: As a presenter, what do you enjoy most about SolidWorks World?
A: I really enjoy talking to all the people who show up, with whom I don’t get to interact on a day to day basis: customers, colleagues and SolidWorks personnel that I only get to talk to over the phone regularly. I also enjoy the high level of interaction; there’s no place to get more information than at SolidWorks World. People are always willing to talk about what they’ve learned as they go through the event.
Q: What do you anticipate the hot topics to be for the 2010 show?
A:On the customer side, SolidWorks 2010 will be a big topic. What people have learned about this version and how the software’s performing for them—so far, everyone I’ve talked to has been pleased with the 2010 offering.
Personally, I’m very interested in the direction of the software and what next steps will be taken for the 2011 and 2012 versions. Traditionally, SolidWorks is very good about glimpses of direction during this event.
Q: What’s your funniest memory from past SWW shows at which you’ve presented?
A:At 2 a.m. one year in New Orleans, my group decided that it was time to have a bite to eat. Being from the South and living in the Chicago area, I learned long ago that Krystal and White Castle are the same thing. Apparently you have to be sober to come to this conclusion, because I still to this day hear how much better Krystal is than White Castle. I keep telling them that a tiny piece of meat on a steamed bun is the same as a tiny piece of meat on a steamed bun, but they still insist that there’s a difference.
Q: What sessions do you most look forward to attending?
The one I present on my own is one I’ve given every year for past five SolidWorks World events. It focuses on Administrative Images, which discusses deploying SolidWorks to large numbers of people; I change it up every year based on the tweaks to the most recent version. Some might consider this a boring topic—I don’t have any of the pretty pictures or graphics helping me to keep people awake! But it’s usually very well received; no one’s fallen asleep on me yet.
Q: Which SolidWorks World has been your favorite?
A: The Orlando events are usually my favorite. I have always been a big Disney fan and the Tuesday night events are frequently held somewhere within the Disney complex. Last year I got to ride the Mt. Everest roller coast 8 times. (Try that on a weekend in June during normal park hours!)
Q: As a seasoned presenter, do you have any tips you’d pass along to other presenters?
A: You’re there to entertain as well as inform. If your audience falls asleep during your presentation, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the information is. They missed it. Keep them awake and engaged and they will remember what you told them.
Q: Any other thoughts you’d like to share with the SolidWorks
A: If you’ve never been, then you need to experience this event. It is amazing to me the sheer number of people I see returning year after year to SolidWorks World. Once you experience the value you will see the value in returning each year.