When you look at the current financial status of UGS and how they have a totally fragrmented architecture, it is unbelievable that leading companies like Boeing are still invested in their platform. WIh over 1.4Billion in debt ratio, it is very unlikely UGS will ever get back to a positive cash flow position and I doubt they will ever be able to deliver on their IPO promise. Furthermore, with over 18 different products and architectures, I am very suspect of the R&D investments.
I am getting tired of American companies complaining about how Japan and other countries are kicking our butts. Japan and the others reevaluate their platforms to ensure that the long term PLM/PDM systems they have will support their business and processes in a way that will create a competitive advantage. I don't see the UGS platform supporting Boeing, Ford or GM 3-5 years from now. US companies need to check their polictical agendas at the door and make decisions based on the facts. Those facts include financial trends, an intragral architecure, future viabilty.