February 10, 2003
Rivalry Between IBM/Dassault and EDS PLM Solutions Puts Ford Motor Company in the Driver's Seat
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While you certainly won't find a shortage of analysts who view the decision to include the use of CATIA v5 software in new vehicle design at Ford a big victory for IBM/Dassault Systemes, you might also call it just another day in the life of one of the world's top automakers. Last week, both IBM/Dassault and EDS PLM Solutions announced significant deals with Ford Motor Company, each hoping to alert us to a clear winner. (See
IBM and Dassault Systemes Awarded Contract for Worldwide Vehicle Development by Ford Motor Company and
EDS Awarded Expanded Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software Contract For Collaboration and Product Creation By Ford Motor Company ) But it is Ford, hopefully, that will be the real winner here -- for coming up with an effective long-term strategy for its design and manufacturing initiatives; one that, in effect, takes advantage of the strengths of the offerings of each of these key business partners.
In short, for starters Ford has indicated that it will begin using IBM/Dassault's CATIA v5 design software -- to a limited extent -- on its new vehicle programs. The question is, should this really come as a surprise? With cars like Volvo and Land Rover now a part of its product mix, why wouldn't Ford consider using CATIA? After all, Volvo and Land Rover have both been using CATIA for vehicle design for more than a decade. So, why not take advantage of this company "know-how" in other vehicle programs?
Teamcenter from EDS to manage its product data? By selecting Teamcenter 3.0 from EDS-PLM Solutions as the backbone for its product lifecycle management program, isn't Ford simply making a smart move, by choosing a PLM solution that has a proven track record in its ability to support multiple CAD programs?
But for just a minute, let's put aside today's scorecard, and instead focus on just what Ford will need to accomplish with its new mix of CAD/PLM software and services down the road. A few questions that come to mind, include:
share -- perhaps it will, in part, have both IBM/Dassault Systemes and EDS PLM Solutions to thank. And if either one of these companies fails to deliver? Well, let's just say the competition will be ready and waiting. And when you've got the top two contenders working hard to earn your business, well -- that puts Ford Motor Company right where it should be -- in the driver's seat.
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IBM, Dassault Win Ford Software Deal Wall Street Journal, 6 February 2003 ($$ - free trial available)
IBM Inroads at Automaker Ford Deals Blow to EDS -- Reuters, 5 February, 2003
IBM, Dassault Systemes Win Ford Software Contracts -- Bloomberg, 5 February, 2003
IBM Deal Will Help Ford Cut Design Cost -- The Detroit News, 6 February 2003
Commentary: IBM Wins at the Expense of EDS -- W.Bradley Holtz, 6 February 2003
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