A Conversation With Riley Lewis

On Day 4 of SolidWorks World, SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot announced that they had shipped the millionth educational license of SolidWorks. The CAD press likes to make a noise of how the CAD vendors give away their software to schools to make their install base look big. The conversation you are about to read will [...]

SolidWorks World 2011 (Day 1) – Conversation With Matt West

This year SolidWorks World 2011 is being held in San Antonio, Texas, and like last year I am attending as press. SolidWorks has paid for my conference fees, airfare and hotel accommodation and among other things, has set up a range of interviews with their executives. Today I sat down with Matt West, Social Media [...]

A Conversation With Carl Bass – Part 2

In my earlier post titled “A Conversation With Carl Bass – Part 1” I summarized my half an hour discussion with Carl on a number of topics. We had to cut short out conversation because we ran out of time and so we decided to meet up again after he was done with all his [...]

A Conversation With Carl Bass – Part 1

Today at AU 2010 I sat down with Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and got his views on a few topics. We spoke about PLM, Dassault Systemes’ entry into the AEC, SolidWorks developing a SolidWorks killer, Infinite Computing and Autodesk’s entry into the Do It Yourself market. Deelip: What exactly is your problem with PLM? Carl: [...]

A Discussion With Kevin Schneider On Inventor Fusion

Today at AU 2010 I spent some time with Kevin Schneider, Product Manager of Inventor Fusion. Kevin and I have been discussing Fusion online and offline every since it was first released. In fact, I think that just about the only thing we ever talk about. Inventor Fusion Technology Preview 4 was released a few [...]

The Dassault Systemes Success Story – Part 9

<< Part 8 In 1984, I hired a young engineer called Bernard Charles. He started to work in the R&D department to develop the support of the first IBM graphic terminal called IBM 5080 using the colored raster technology to realistically visualize surfaces and solids. And progressively I promoted him to become the R&D manager [...]

The Dassault Systemes Success Story – Part 8

<< Part 7 In 1986 we had a great success: Boeing made the decision to use CATIA. And this success reflects my earlier comments. As long as I was selling functions and features of CATIA with IBM, I lost the battle in 1984 and 1985. My main competitor was an internally developed product. But when [...]

The Dassault Systemes Success Story – Part 7

<< Part 6 As for CATIA, we needed to give a name to our new company, at that time a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation. It took only a few days to decide on a name, Dassault Systèmes. I sketched our first logo. We launched the company operations in September 1981.  I was the President and [...]

The Dassault Systemes Success Story – Part 6

<< Part 5 Dassault Systemes In early 1981, Dassault Aviation took the decision to diversify into the CAD/CAM technologies and solutions. This was quite exceptional in an enterprise which had kept a SME culture despite its size and its strategic role in the French defense. We had the technical knowledge and we had the initial [...]

The Dassault Systemes Success Story – Part 5

<< Part 4 At the end of 1980, the CATIA rumor reached the very top of the company and Marcel Dassault, the 88 years old mythic founder of the company, ask for a demonstration of the software capabilities. He observed the design of a surface on the terminal and after a few minutes, he said [...]


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