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Catch Up On DriveWorks World 2023

DriveWorks World brings together our users from around the world. The interaction and knowledge sharing from our users make the event a hugely valuable event, so thank you for joining us and joining in!

So much valuable content was shared over the three-day event by the DriveWorks Team and our community of Resellers, Partners and Customers.

Here’s what we got up to and how you can access all of the learning content.

There’s Still Time to Learn

The DriveWorks World 2023 Event App is still open for you to access of the valuable technical learning content.

Watch Back Live Sessions

All of the live sessions at DriveWorks World 2023 were recorded. The sessions are now available to watch back within the event app. Watch the sessions at a time that suits you and pause and rewind when needed.

Catch up on all of the knowledge shared during the panel discussions, project run through’s, workshops and expert Q&As throughout the event.

If you missed any of the sessions, or want to watch them again, you’ll find the recordings in the Watch Live Sessions On-Demand area of the DriveWorks World 2023 Event App.

Access DriveWorks World On-Demand Content

Alongside the live broadcast, this year there were also over 100 on-demand technical learning sessions.

These sessions covered a variety of DriveWorks topics, at different skill levels, so you can select the sessions relevant to you and your learning.

All of these on-demand sessions are still available for attendees to watch in the event app.

Once the event app closes, the sessions will all be moved over to the DriveWorks Learning Portal so you and your colleagues can access them.

Take the New DriveWorks Pro Certification

During the event, DriveWorks World attendees were given exclusive access to take the brand new DriveWorks Pro Essentials Certification. This certification was previously only for DriveWorks Resellers however for DriveWorks World we opened it up to all users attending the event.

The certification is still available for any DriveWorks World attendees to take. You will need the password in the DriveWorks World 2023 Event App – find it in the Get Certified tab.

DriveWorks World 2023 Round Up

Read more about what happened at DriveWorks World 2023 and the content you can now catch up on.

Tuesday, 21st March: Exclusive Reseller Preview Day

During the Reseller Preview Day, DriveWorks VP & Co-founder, Maria Sarkar, and Commercial Director, Mark Sarkar hosted reseller-specific sessions to provide updates on our technology and to make sure our resellers are well-placed to support our ever-growing number of users worldwide.

Our resellers heard from DriveWorks CEO, Glen Smith on extending the capability of DriveWorks with integrations. He also gave a sneak preview of What’s New in DriveWorks 21, ahead of the official What’s New sessions.

Throughout the day we also welcomed other members of the DriveWorks team to share important news and insights with different reseller teams.

In the final segment of the day, Maria and Mark were proud to announce the winners of the DriveWorks Reseller Awards 2022.

Wednesday, 22nd March: Highlights

The day kicked off with a warm welcome to DriveWorks World from Maria Sarkar, VP & Co-Founder, explaining why we host our annual technical knowledge and networking event. Glen Smith, DriveWorks CEO then joined to tell us about the Whats New in DriveWorks 21 sessions happening throughout the event.

A lot has changed over the past few years at DriveWorks HQ, so next up we showed a tour of our office buildings. This included a first look at our new offices and dedicated training room. Of course, we couldnt film a tour of our HQ without featuring our Resident Feel Good Officer, Ruby, the Labrador.

We then took attendees on another tour – this time of the DriveWorks World 2023 event app, to make sure they knew about all of the valuable technical learning content and networking opportunities available throughout the event.

Following these introductions, it was time to kick off the event and get straight into the technical content.

Implementation

In the first technical session of the day, we talked about implementation. Our Technical Engagement Manager, Oliver, introduced our DriveWorks Experts Ian, Dave, Phil, and Paul for a technical panel discussion. They shared their top tips for getting started with your implementation, how to plan your projects and our teams favorite hidden gems.

Rules

Will, along with our Systems Team Manager, Jake, took us through a project run through about Rules. Everything in DriveWorks is based on rules, they are the foundations of all DriveWorks projects. Jake took us through the DriveWorks rules builder. We then followed this sessions with an expert panel session with more questions from the audience and another live demo by Jake.

What’s New in DriveWorks 21

Of course, it wouldnt be a DriveWorks World without DriveWorks CEO, Glen Smith announcing Whats New in the latest release of DriveWorks. Broadcast on the live stream, Glen shared parts one and two of all the exciting new additions and functionality added to DriveWorks 21. In part one, Glen shared whats new with Design Automation and in part two Glen shared the latest additions to Rules.

Automating CAD

Our Technical Specialist, Will, explained how Automating CAD is at the core of DriveWorks technology. Followed by a project run-through, exploring a project that is available inside our Tech Tips library, modified by Senior Applications Engineer, Ollie. Ollie and Will were then joined by Dave for an expert discussion on the topic and they answered questions from the audience.

Workflow

Oliver joined us back in the studio again to host a Workflow overview and project run-through with Technical Manager, Dave. Dave took us through a specification flow before being joined by Senior System Developer, Thomas, to talk about triggering tasks within workflows. They hosted an expert panel to answer questions from our attendees which also featured another live demo.

Customer Stories

A variety of DriveWorks users from companies across the world, in a wide range of industries, took to the stage throughout the day to share how they are using DriveWorks technology. We heard from DriveWorks Customers; Dorner Manufacturing, WEMA GmbH, PMF-System, F. H. Brundle, Bruno Independent Living Aids and ESLA via DriveWorks Partner, Ingenieria SAMAT.

Thursday 23rd March: Highlights

Attendees were welcomed to the third and final day of DriveWorks World 2023.

The day then kicked off with a panel discussion, recapping the sessions presented on Wednesday. Oliver, Tom, Paul and Philip discussed some of their favourite sessions from the day before, and of course the announcements Glen made during the Whats New. They also answered some of the questions and messages wed had from our community.

We then got going with the technical sessions for the final day.

Integration

Our experts discussed the different ways DriveWorks handles, shares and re-uses data to provide seamless integration with other company systems. Integration Product Manager, Adam, joined Oliver to take us through the CPQ DriveApp. Adam explained why it is so useful for those wanting to create their own CPQ solution. This was followed by an expert panel discussion where they were joined by Thomas and Jake from the DriveWorks Systems Team who shared best practices and tips & tricks for integrating DriveWorks with other systems.

Deployment/Reporting & Diagnostics

Some more familiar faces from the DriveWorks team joined us back in the studio for a the Deployment/Reporting & Diagnostics overview. They talked about the built-in reporting & diagnostics tools in DriveWorks that make it easier to set up and maintain your own DriveWorks configurator. This was followed by a Deployment/Reporting & Diagnostics panel discussion about troubleshooting and the best ways to take a step back from a project, and use the method of Rubber Ducking of course a rubber duck was in the studio for this session!

Forms & UI

In the next session, we explored Forms and UI. This included a special workshop looking at Before & After of Forms & UI with DriveWorks Technical Marketing and UX Specialist, Rob. In this session, Rob opened up one of our old configurator examples and highlighted some areas that werent very clear. Rob explained some of the quick and easy changes he would make to improve the user experience. Rob shared lots of tips and tricks on improving usability and aligning DriveWorks form design with existing company branding.

3D

Oliver was joined by Will to host a Before and After Workshop, showing some of the features to make 3D scenes and models more realistic. Dave and Ian from the DriveWorks Technical Team then joined Oliver and Will for an Ask The Expert session where they answered questions from attendees about DriveWorks 3D technology and the new features in DriveWorks 21.

What’s New in DriveWorks 21

Glen shared parts three and four of all the exciting new additions and functionality added to DriveWorks 21. Attendees shared their delight at the new features coming in DriveWorks 21, and in particular the features announced in part four. There was a lot of well earned praise for the DriveWorks Development Team in the live stream chat.

Customer Stories

Day three also included more customer presentations from companies across the world sharing the many different ways they all use DriveWorks. We heard from DriveWorks Customers; Extronics, Twin City Fan, Tool Alliance, Jackson Electrical Industries, along with DriveWorks Partners; SOLVESHOP, and Base 10 Consultants.

Technical Roadmap

We ended DriveWorks World 2023 with a DriveWorks Technical Roadmap panel discussion, hosted by Oliver, Technical Engagement Manager, and DriveWorks CTO, Phillip. They talked about the incredible features added in DriveWorks 21 and the work that had gone into them for this release. They discussed what these features mean for the future of DriveWorks software too.

They also took the opportunity to look at the Enhancement Suggestions submitted throughout DriveWorks World 2023. They discussed how the features suggested might behave and how they might be used by the users requesting them.