I’ve just returned from this year’s Siemens PLM Connection conference in Dallas, Texas, and am happy to report that the event was a huge success for Lenovo Workstations. PLM Connection is considered the voice of Siemens PLM Software (NX, Ideas, Teamcenter, etc.) users worldwide, and this year featured more than 1,800 people from companies such as Caterpillar, GM, Ford, GE, Proctor and Gamble and Boeing. In addition to our 10x20 booth, we demonstrated Lenovo ThinkStation P Series and ThinkPad W Series workstations in the Siemens booth running the latest Siemens PLM applications and held a one-hour training session for users.
The event on the whole was a terrific showcase for our systems, and yielded some interesting conversations with Lenovo customers, all of whom were bullish on Lenovo’s solutions. One of these customers, who was interested in our latest mobile workstation designs, spoke to the incredible battery life of our mobile workstation technology. He relayed that he had both a Lenovo mobile workstation and a competitor’s offering, and the competitor’s system died after just one year of use, while he was still using the Lenovo system several years later.
Another interesting conversation occurred when a customer asked what kind of technology we had that could compete with a competitor’s solution. I told him that the Lenovo ThinkStation P900 had the following benefits compared with the competitive offering:
Higher wattage power supply at 1,300 watts with greater energy efficiency and significant cost savings than our competitors
Our ability to run double-wide graphics cards such as the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 or three NVIDIA Tesla K40 graphics cards
Up to 1 terabyte of memory, similar to a competitor’s offering, but with the capability to have up to 14 storage devices
The FLEX connector, which allows PCIe drives (including the M.2), which are the fastest on the market at 32Gb/s vs. SATA storage (6 Gb/s).
A better-positioned PCIe connector for proper cooling (the competitor puts M.2 drives in a graphics card slot, right next to the hottest components inside the workstation)
Finally, a professor from Purdue University told me he noticed that this was the first year of the event that all the training at the event was being conducted on Lenovo ThinkPad mobile workstations. He was highly impressed with our technology.
All in all, Siemens PLM Connection 2015 was a big success for the Lenovo Workstations brand and for our continuing push to get the word out about the power of our solutions.