XDesign leads the way
In his response to a financial analyst during yesterday's Q2 conference all, Dassault Systems ceo Bernard Charlès controversially claimed to be the only vendor doing CAD on mobile devices, browsers, and any operating system. Perhaps I mistook his claim, or perhaps someone can point out that companies like OnShape, Graebert, and Autodesk are already shipping mobile, browser-based, and OS-independent CAD software.
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Laurent Daure (analyst with Kepler Cheuvreux): I remember that in previous quarters, you were relatively cautious regarding [Solidworks and] the cloud and how the relationship evolved. From what I got this morning, it seems that you are becoming much more aggressive about that. Could elaborate a bit?
Bernard Charlès (ceo Dasaault Systems): We announced early this year that we have very clear plans to exploit to cloud for Solidworks. Now basically there are three main directions.
The collaborative platform using the cloud for Solidworks users. This is new a type, a new category, like industrial design, which is cloud-based applications complementing beautifully the Solidworks desktop environment. We will continue to expand those things, because they provides very easy access to sophisticated applications for users who want to simplicity of using the product.
And the deserve [sic] direction (what we announced early this year, also at Solidworks World, also public information) a new category called Solidworks XDesign, where basically it’s about doing designs in browsers with zero download, online any time. We are starting beta this summer; in fact, we started already with a small group of users. This is really to provide full mobility on any-time form factors, from mobile phones to tablets to any operating systems -- because we are OS-independent with this approach.
So I think customers are excited with that, and they now know that there is a long-term plan to touch all categories -- which, by the way, is not done by any of the other players in the industry.
Transcript edited for clarity.