One-Size-Fits-All Does Well for Synergis in PDM
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Randall S. Newton, March 1, 2007
In the crowded product data management (PDM) space, it takes a
lot to get noticed. So privately held Synergis Software,
(Quakertown, Pennsylvania) last week took the unprecedented move
of announcing a summary of its 2006 revenues. There was no
detailed financial statement, as public companies must provide.
Instead, it was just a glimpse of good times, as Synergis
announced it realized 61 percent year-over-year growth in
revenue for 2006, with 52 percent year-over-year growth in new
Synergis, a division of Synergis Technologies, attributes the
growth to surging interest in its Synergis Adept 7 enterprise
data management solution, as well as to significant expansion
within its existing customer base. Adept has proved to be a
horizontal PDM, with accounts in manufacturing, AEC, civil
engineering, and asset management. Customers include W.L Gore &
Associates, Caterpillar, Degussa, Hormel Foods, BSA
LifeStructures, Wink Engineering, Albert-Garaudy & Associates,
Inc., PPL, SCANA, Carpenter Technology, Olin, DIRECTV, NASA, the
United States Marine Corps, and the United States Coast Guard.
Sixty-five percent of Adept licenses are in manufacturing.
An installation of Adept costs $1,400 per commercial seat,
plus $350 per year for maintenance, which includes unlimited
upgrades and support. As sold, the product supports both
Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. A $1,300 version supports MySQL,
which ships with the product. Lamont says almost half the
customer base is using MySQL, an open source database system.
Installation is separate; a user site can be up and running in
from five to 15 days, says Scott Lamont, VP of Marketing. It is
$3,000 for five days of administrative training at Synergis
headquarters, then two-three days working with company
management to plan the implementation, and another seven days
for user training.
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