It’s no secret that Autodesk has staked its bet on the cloud as a key differentiator for its PLM 360 offering. Now the company is touting a partnership with ERP cloud provider NetSuite Inc., making closed-loop integration with ERP another ace in its quest to build out a winning PLM hand.
Today, in a transaction of undisclosed amount, DS acquired the Germany software maker known for its optimization packages: TOSCA Fluid and TOSCA Structure. DS already has a robust collection of simulation products, marketed under the SIMULIA brand. By acquiring FE-DESIGN, DS is boosting its current simulation offerings with the optimization technology in FE-DESIGN’s TOSCA products. Continue reading
No longer considered mainly a utilitarian device, consumers are actively engaged in a love affair with their electronics gear, upping the ante for product development teams now tasked with creating seductive designs on top of the traditional engineering challenges.
Call that an opening for Dassault Systemes, which is aggressively trying to promote its wide and varied 3D design, digital mockup, and PLM tools under its 3DEXPERIENCE umbrella into integrated solutions for specific industries. The latest in Dassault’s string of such offerings is HT Body, a broad-reaching platform aimed at engineers and designers in the electronics manufacturing sector and with a specific focus on the enclosures and chassis that are the most obvious hallmark of such devices. Continue reading
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Novedge was founded on April Fool’s Day, 2003. The company’s cofounders Franco Folini and Cristiano Sacchi believed what many once thought was a joke — selling professional 3D design software the way Amazon.com sells books and CDs.
“To launch a new enterprise you need to be a bit of a ‘fool,’ so April Fool’s Day seemed appropriate,” noted Cristiano.
When Novedge opened its doors a decade ago, value-added resellers were the be-all-and-the-end-all of how design software packages were bought and sold. VARs developed relationships with local businesses, convinced potential buyers of the need for 3D, helped with installation, and provided tech support when needed. The conventional wisdom was, VARs were essential for design software commerce. Not too many vendors were convinced professional 3D software buyers would browse available titles online, read user reviews, and then click the “buy” button, like they would with CDs and DVDs.
But a decade after its launch, Novedge is a thriving online business. The company’s catalog is “rapidly approaching 10,000 titles,” according to Cristiano. It’s a far cry from the early days, when Cristiano and Franco’s overtures to software vendors frequently went unanswered. It took them four months to recruit 10 vendors. What began as a two-person business has now grown to employ roughly a dozen sales and support staff, working out of San Francisco’s start-up hub south of Market Street. Continue reading
One of the greatest barriers to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) adoption has been complexity. Not just complexity in how to best leverage the software for real business advantage, but also in how to address the challenging IT support aspects related to the platform, including how to effectively deploy and configure the software to work within a specific technology infrastructure.
While large enterprises have had their fair share of well-publicized bouts trying to tame the PLM beast, small and mid-sized companies (SMBs) have mostly shied away, reluctant to take on a technology many larger companies couldn’t swallow. At the same time, however, smaller manufacturers face a lot of the same product development and engineering challenges as their bigger brethren. Time-to-market pressures, increasingly dispersed and sometimes global engineering teams, and the need for more cost-effective and repeatable design processes have many SMBs hungry for a solution that can help them better coordinate product development strategies, optimize design cycles, and institute better planning. Continue reading