Currently working as a contractor for a large company and hoping to parlay that into a full-time opportunity. At the moment, I've not seen too much change in the hiring either at the place that I currently am or the other local firms that I've been watching.
The transformative nature of designing and making things was the overarching, common theme at separate conferences held in Boston by two giants in the PLM space: Autodesk, with its Accelerate 2015, and Siemens’s Industry Analyst Conference 2015.
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