CIMdata "ENOVIA Product Update (Highlight)"

October 1, 2013

CIMdata PLM Commentaries, Highlights, & Briefs

CIMdata comments on major events and trends in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) market. PDF    

CIMdata recently had the opportunity to spend the day with the senior leadership of the ENOVIA brand at Dassault Systèmes. Just as the ENOVIA offering powers the V6 architecture, so too does it power the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the moniker used for the entire Dassault Systèmes portfolio. While other meetings have provided details on the company and their comprehensive industry strategy, having this dedicated time with the ENOVIA team was extremely valuable.

During the course of the day, updates were received on a number topics including:

  • Systems engineering—Dassault Systèmes has made significant progress combining the Geensoft and Dymola offerings across the entire portfolio. In the case of ENOVIA, this includes combining these offerings with the ENOVIA–based requirements management capabilities. Companies can now work on the Requirements–Functional–Logical–Physical (RFLP) views of their evolving products in a much more seamless manner.
  • SmarTeam—The demise of this long–time Dassault Systèmes offering has been greatly exaggerated, with many Value Added Resellers (VARs) still selling SmarTeam to new clients. Dassault Systèmes shared their views on SmarTeam’s future, and presented very clear paths for different customers to move from SmarTeam to other Dassault Systèmes offerings when THEY choose. The SmarTeam offering will be available for some time to come, with maintenance and enhancement requests still being routinely processed.
  • Data management in V6—CATIA V5 was an “object influenced” solution delivered in a file–based world. In V6, data is managed in a more truly object–oriented fashion, which provides some unique capabilities for collaboration, and data and information sharing. CIMdata expects to see more PLM–enabling solutions move away from file–based data management in the coming years because of the benefits of the more granular level of data management provided within V6’s database structure.
  • The IFWE Compass user interface—This new face of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform was shown briefly at the June Industry Analyst event, but this daylong session allowed us to see it support many more use cases. The automatic tagging and indexing of all managed information (called 6W) should provide significant benefits downstream. This tagging approach is not seen in offerings from other PLM solution providers.

The visit to ENOVIA was time extremely well spent, and we look forward to some follow up meetings to discuss Enginuity and several other topics. ENOVIA and Dassault Systèmes are making great strides in meeting their experience–based vision, and CIMdata looks forward to the opportunity to interact with early adopters going forward. V6 CATIA V6