According to PTC ceo Richard Harrison, the future of CAD is not CAD, but data:
The CAD market is nice and we have the best CAD products. But we have really become a data management PLM company with the best authoring too,l Pro/ENGINEER.
If you really want to be in a growth market going forward-- The CAD market is going to be low single digits [less than 9% annual growth] for everybody. The action in the next five years is going to be in the data management space, in:
- Connecting diverse companies around the globe
- Connecting their supply chains.
- Helping them collaborate.
Even the community aspect (or the social product development aspect) of building products more easily with those supply chains, that is where the action and the growth is going to be.