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Jun 22, 2010

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Greg Findley

This must be the first salvo from the newly unshackled Dassault Systemes, free from the marketing restraints of IBM. It remains to be seen how aggressive Dassault will get in the coming weeks and months with its mind-share campaigns.

I expect they have the two most vulnerable CAD players in the market in their cross hairs. The perennial favourite PTC and the new-to-the-club Autodesk. With the CATIA-SolidWorks product combination and deep financial pockets, they surely have the wherewithal to go after both simultaneously.

The timing of the release of this DraftSight means they have been planning this for some time now. Although Solidworks' fingerprints are all over this idea, I wonder how much of a role the new ex-IBM group played in this decision to become aggressive. This also suggests that Autodesk is the first target of Dassault's counter-insurgency ops. This should be fun to watch.

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