Chrysler makes Move to Siemens NX

David Prawel
President
Longview Advisors

June 24, 2010
- It has often been said to be careful of the doors you open. In recent years, I and many others have loudly discussed the huge cost of getting product data from V4 to V5. Dassault cannot imagine the problem they cause for themselves and, more importantly, for their customers, by not playing nicely vis a vis other product data formats.

Read about Chrysler's engineering software shift.

In the 2009 Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report (free PDF available here), there were a few very notable results from our survey, regarding Dassault's attitude with respect to interoperability, such as:

- "Our impression from speaking with many users over the year is that Dassault continues to be the least cooperative of CAD vendors with respect to helping their customers successfully share their product data in STEP or other non-CATIA data formats."

"We asked respondents if they are currently involved in CAD migration projects. Huge amounts of money continue to be invested in migrating CAD data be-tween CAD platforms. Nearly 15% of respondents are currently migrating CATIA V4 data to CATIA V5, ap-proximately the same number as last year. This en-deavor continues to represent a huge investment be-ing made across the discrete manufacturing indus-tries. And it approximates the total amount of migra-tion going on for all other CAD platforms. Over 20% of respondents report migration projects between non-CATIA CAD platforms or versions. About 23% of respondents report engagement in a migration project to switch CAD systems. This is a huge in-crease over past years. Forty-four percent of respon-dents are not currently involved in a migration pro-ject, which is lower than last year, perhaps due to budgetary delays in the poor economy. The ―Other‖ category also provides some interesting insight. A few of ―other‖ comments were from respondents in-volved in a migration away from CATIA V5 to an-other vendor (mostly to NX). And one interesting comment indicated a migration from four different CAD systems to Solidworks."

Dassault gave everyone a chance to consider a new solution altogether, and they're doing it big-time. When a company gets too focused on it's own agenda to listen to it's customers, no matter how high it may be flying at the time, it will come down.

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