An Update from the DriveWorks Team
We’re Here For You
On Thursday, 5th November, England entered a second lockdown due to Coronavirus.
Just as we adjusted to the first lockdown, we’re doing the same now.
Although we love being in the office, we’ve made sure we can work from home successfully when we need to, and that weÂ stay connected as a team.
Following the latest government guidelines, we are fully operational, selling and supporting our software across the globe.
We thought we would take this opportunity to share some of the things we’ve been up to during this time and our upcoming plans.
Working from Home and Embracing Digital
OurÂ investments in technologyÂ and ourÂ commitment to digital transformation means we are well set up for working remotely. Our transition to home working this year has been smooth and we have remained open and operational throughout the pandemic.
All our teams have continued to work and support you as usual via email, by phone and web meeting where appropriate.
When we first made the move to home working, weÂ reassured you that weâre here as normalÂ for anything you need. We promised it would beÂ business as usual.
As weâve settled into this new way of working, it hasnât actually been business as usual. If anything, itâs beenÂ business with a boost!
Our team have really embraced this time as an opportunity toÂ improve, create and innovate.
Two New Software Releases
Weâre proud that weâve released not one but two software versions, rigorously tested (and used by us!) during a global pandemic whilst our team are working remotely.
Since then, we continued to work on DriveWorks 18 Service Pack 1. Less travel and more time in the office over the past few months has enabled us to dedicate a lot of time to work on adding new enhancements and updates to this service pack release.
Hosting a Digital Event
Whilst the current global situation stopped us from hosting a face to face event, we still wanted to provide anÂ opportunity for DriveWorks users to learn and connect. So this year we made DriveWorks World aÂ digital event.
We were joined by over 200 DriveWorks customers, resellers and partners for a week ofÂ learning, networking and sharing ideas â all online.
During the event, we revealed Whatâs New in DriveWorks 18 and presentedÂ digital training, hands-on learning and advanced sessions all through live webinars and downloadable content.
Using technology, we created an event that wasÂ completely online. The sessions areÂ available to downloadÂ for anyone who missed them, or for anyone who needs a recap.
Weâre already working onÂ dynamic contentÂ for the next one inÂ April 2021Â â whether itâs physical, virtual or blended.
Growing Our Team
Every year we welcome new staff and placement students across many of our teams. Weâve always valued the importance of investing in new talent and supporting the future of digital, and this year is no different.
Through the pandemic, we were excited to welcome four new placements students and three full-time staff to the DriveWorks team.
Whilst the office doesnât have its usual friendly buzz, our new employees have still had plenty of chance to get to know each other, and the rest of the DriveWorks team.
Adding to our teamâs knowledge and expertise withÂ new people and new skillsÂ means we can be really productive during this time andÂ continue to improve and innovate.
This year, the local education community in Warrington have been really embracing digital. The Cheshire & Warrington PledgeÂ have been runningÂ online workshops and events for students and young people in the area.
We are proud to have been involved in these events â educating young people aboutÂ how to be productive during this timeÂ and using it as an opportunity toÂ add value for their future careers.
Over the past few months, we have taken part inÂ lots of different eventsÂ as part of The Pledge Partnership.
We have been educating young people aboutÂ how to be productive during this timeÂ and using it as anÂ opportunity toÂ add value to their future careers.
Thanks to the virtual learning platformÂ Learn Live, we have been able toÂ speak to thousands of students across the countryÂ â digitally of course.
Our team have invested our time and resources into helping the future and inspiring students.
For each session, we have joined we’ve also been available in theÂ live chat facility for students to ask questions directly.
It has beenÂ great to be involved in these eventsÂ and to see such a positive response from young people wanting to learn.
Part of the CommunityÂ
Shortly after returning fromÂ 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, all âin-personâ SWUG meetings wereÂ placed on hold indefinitely.
In true SOLIDWORKS problem-solving style,Â the community responded.
Shifting gears andÂ using the technology tools they had been given. SWUG groups became virtual.
As time goes on, virtual SWUG meetings areÂ occurring more frequentlyÂ and haveÂ developed a more routine schedule.
Itâs been great to seeÂ groups working together to collaborate on larger, regional meetings and be a part of it.
Attending Virtual Events
Normally during this time of year, our team would be heading outÂ all around the worldÂ to attend our resellerâsÂ SOLIDWORKS launch events.
Although we haven’t been able to attend events in person, technology and innovation has brought communities together and enabled us to join lots of great virtual events!
Last year we attendedÂ 53 SOLIDWORKS launch events, in 14 countries held by 22 different resellers.
This year with the help of technology we have been able to join events anywhere in the world!
Whilst most of our team are back working from home, we have still managed to stay connected and work together to achieve!
We are continuingÂ our normal team communications, weâre holdingÂ weekly company-wide meetings online and sharing news of what we are getting up to outside of work!
From taking up new hobbies to sharing recipes we’ve enjoyed – we love to know what everyone’s been doing!
For the past few years, members of the DriveWorks team have taken part in Movember.
Movember involves growing a moustache during the month of November to raise awareness of menâs health issues.
This year is no different. We are pleased to say that we have 18 people taking part in Movember this year (A DriveWorks record!).
You can track their progress and support the cause via our Team page.
But that’s not all we’re up to.
The entire DriveWorks team are continuing to create great software and a wide range of resources to help sell and support our software worldwide!
Our Customers Are Innovating
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard from our customers who have been using this time to improve and work on projectsÂ they donât usually have time for.
Theyâre making time forÂ developing their DriveWorks projects, adding features and functionality to help themÂ move forward and continue to work smarter.
It’s been great to learn about our customers and their continued success during this time!
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