MCAD Industry View – A March 2010 Update


MCAD Industry View – A March 2010 Update

by Dr. Russ Henke
Henke Associates


This March 2010 issue of the MCAD Industry Commentary recounts the financial performances of a selected group-of-five MCAD/PLM/MCAE vendors (G5) for the nominal Fourth Quarter of 2009.

In the first MCAD Industry Commentary published May 2003 in MCADCafé.com, then-recent yearly and quarterly financial performances of a selected group of public Mechanical Computer Aided Design (MCAD) vendor companies were analyzed and compared. Expectations of future financial performances of these same MCAD entities were documented.

The May 2003 MCAD Commentary was followed by twenty-six quarterly updates in MCADCafé.com, one for each subsequent calendar quarter. URL's on all past articles are available. The entities initially covered were ANSYS, Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, UGS PLM, ESI Group, Moldflow, MSC.Software, PTC and Tecnomatix.

As a result of the acquisition of Tecnomatix by UGS that closed April 1, 2005, Tecnomatix was eliminated from coverage thereafter as a separate entity.

On May 7, 2007 UGS announced the close of its acquisition by Siemens AG effective May 4. Thereafter, the business went to market as UGS PLM Software (and later as Siemens PLM Software), a global division of the Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) Group. Over the years UGS itself had bounced back and forth between being a public company and a private company under different ownerships. Regrettably, we have been able to gain very little insight into UGS' financial performance itself from public Siemens' corporate reports after the Siemens acquisition. Occasionally we will include Siemens PLM Software news items that bear on the industry as a whole.

Then on June 25, 2008 Autodesk completed its acquisition of Moldflow Corporation, so thereafter Moldflow was eliminated here from separate coverage.

On July 07, 2009 MSC.Software announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of Symphony Technology Group (STG) under which a company controlled by STG would acquire all of MSC's outstanding shares in a one-step cash merger transaction. This acquisition of MSC.Software by STG was finally consummated on October 14, 2009. No financial results for MSC.Software were published for Q3 2009. Unless and until such data are subsequently made available, MSC.Software has been dropped from coverage herein, although occasionally MSC.Software news items that bear on the industry as a whole will be mentioned.

Accordingly, this twenty-eighth MCAD Industry article in the sequel recounts mainly the financial performances of the remaining group-of-five (G5) MCAD/PLM entities for the nominal fourth quarter of 2009:

Dassault Systèmes
ESI Group

Recent MCAD News Highlights

On February 17, 2010 ANSYS announced that it has been named as the only engineering simulation software provider on this year's Oliver Wyman Shareholder Performance IndexSM (SPI). This international ranking assesses the performance of firms in the communications, media and technology (CMT) industries. With an overall SPI score of 235, ANSYS placed 13th in the software and services sector. This is the second consecutive year that ANSYS has made the list. "Despite the uncertainties that persisted and customers' continued caution due to the state of the economy, ANSYS found opportunity throughout 2009. Our commitment to a long-term investment in technology and a strong financial base served the Company well -- a philosophy that has special value as we enter our 40th year of business, Such commitment to deliver the industry's most comprehensive and advanced simulation solutions has secured us a place on this prestigious list." said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS:

On February 23, 2010 Autodesk announced that two of its executives were named CRN Channel Chiefs for 2010: Ken Bado, executive vice president of Sales and Services, and Steve Blum, senior vice president, Americas Sales. CRN, the flagship publication of CMP Channel, selected the Autodesk executives because of their investment in partner success and innovative channel partner programs. This year, Bado and Blum continued to expand Autodesk channel partner programs, which now encompass 1,900 partners across the globe. “Autodesk has been committed to the channel since the beginning -- it's part of our DNA, For 27 years we've been working closely with our partners to ensure they always have the best training and resources possible,” said Ken Bado:

”We were laser focused on partner health this past year, and we worked very closely with our partners to ensure that they maintained their selling and services capabilities during the economic crisis,” added Steve Blum:

On February 16, 2010 Dassault Systèmes (DS) launched Release 20 of its collaborative V5 PLM portfolio, including CATIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, and DELMIA. The launch of V5R20 was said to include enhancements to DS' ENOVIA SmarTeam multi-CAD collaboration software, integration of SIMULIA's nonlinear and thermal realistic simulation capabilities into the V5 platform, as well as unique composites design and simulation capabilities in the CATIA and SIMULIA brand portfolios. V5R20 also features various enhancements across the entire product portfolio, including digital manufacturing, furthering support for production deployments and overall usability. V5's openness is advanced in Release 20 with updated multi-CAD integrations and a new 3D viewer available directly within ENOVIA SmarTeam. In addition, V5R20 introduces a new product, CATIA Extended STEP Interface. It enhances large assembly archiving with nested assembly support and in V5R20's Q2 2010 update will feature unique comprehensive support for composites design attributes and functional tolerancing & annotation data. Q2 2010's update to the entire V5 portfolio will also include support for Windows 7.

“My guiding philosophy is that Dassault Systèmes never rests. Our commitment is to deliver not only the grand innovations that enable tomorrow's industrial processes, but also constant, unwavering improvements to our customers' deployments; it is the innovations in the details that frequently make the difference for our customers,” said Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, Research & Development, Dassault Systèmes:

On February 16, 2010 the ESI Group announced the release of VA One 2009. VA One is said to be a complete solution for simulating noise and vibration across the full frequency range and seamlessly combines Finite Elements, Boundary Elements, and Statistical Energy Analysis (SEA) in a single model. This new release significantly enhances the functionality for modeling foams and fibers in VA One.

Poroelastic materials such as foams and fibers are an important part of the design of quiet products with superior noise and vibration performance. VA One claims to be the only code on the market that includes methods for optimizing poroelastic materials across the full frequency spectrum. The VA One 2009 release includes an advanced “foam finite element” solver that is ideal for modeling the low frequency response of foams and fibers. Originally developed as part of a long term research project between ESI Group and several leading universities, this solver is now fully integrated within the VA One environment. “Modeling the vibro-acoustic response of poroelastic materials is one of our core areas of research” , said Pr. Noureddine Atalla , Acoustic Department at the University of Sherbrooke. “Our ongoing collaboration with ESI Group on the research, development and implementation of these methods has proven to be fruitful as shown in VA One latest release”.

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