I vote with Chris!
As I have stated before in these pages, this is not working for me as well as the conference calls. Too much time is spent covering multiple forums. In the end I am actually giving out less help than before.
I agree Chris! However, I am not sure we need to have a separate call for the router and library environments like we had in the past. We really didn't get a lot of people attending the library calls like we did for the router calls. I think we could very easily combine both calls into one
I am fine with one call per month. The big problem is that mentor killed the calls (with no warning to the users or a formal email from support).
I agree w/ Chris, Dwain, and Jeff. For me the information received and ability to ask questions of other users was well worth my investment of time. It appears to me that forums are a dying breed - a serial communication method fighting for what little time we have. The calls are real-time, focused customer interactions with Mentor and with each other. The calls truly are a "mini" U2U, where you can meet other customers, ask and answer questions, and get insight and info from Mentor directly.
I also believe having a true customer support/AE Mentor rep on the call is much better than having a marketing or PR type person running the call. On the PCB calls, David Byrd was an excellent choice because he had the support experience and the ability to resist all efforts to pull inside information (although we did try :-) ).
I vote for the calls...
Cisco Systems SPVTG
Chris posted this suggestion on the Ideas site and I would recommend that anyone wanting to see these calls come back that they go over and promote this request. Hopefully, this link will bring you directly there: https://na5.brightidea.com/ct/ct_a_view_idea.bix?c=4A483461-DF62-4727-A124-E53A6E3A46E5&idea_id=EAF13218-BEF1-4F87-BF7F-A8CD694E15D0
Went to link and Voted. I also miss these calls and regularly participated in the Autoactive PCB call.
Chris - who was involved with these calls on the Mentor side?
David Byrd took the lead from Shaun Olsen the previous Autoactive chairman.
I agree Chris.
I am fresh on the forum and haven't attend the conference calls.
However, as Chris mentioned, many points to resume the conference calls.
we never attended to the conference calls, being located in europe.
Nevertheless I would like to see it back again, hoping to be able to join now.
Maybe in combination with this community we could set up a top issue list we will discuss in those calls.
I know I can't speak for everyone but for us at National Instruments we miss the full scale U2U conferences and the monthly calls.
The smaller scale U2Us have a much weaker track than the original U2Us in CA and less customer presentations.
I'm not sure if mentor intends on reinstating the monthlty PCB calls but I for one miss them.
We had the opportunity to interface with other customers of common flows and share direct knowledge of potential issues
with new releases and essentially saved alot of time and concerns after each release.
I am familiar with the Ideas site and this community but it is not active as much as it should be.
So let me start this as an open forum to share with others.
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I totally agree, in fact, back in the day I think MUG used to be involved in the product selection of upgrade content.
I would love to see a community with the power of a vote when it comes to what should be addressed in new releases and patches.
Just a comment on your last point, Mentor Ideas is where you request and vote for those issues you'd like to see addressed and included as we develop the products. This gives the world wide audience the chance to participate and vote on the issues seen as most important.