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Product Overview: ENOVIA SmarTeam Targets SMB Market with Multi-CAD PDM

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CADCAMnet Staff, October 26, 2006

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has become generally accepted as de rigueur for manufacturers by its users, industry analysts, and the press. However, the consistently high price for full PLM systems has remained a barrier for many smaller companies. In response to the perceived need for some kind of PLM for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB’s), PLM vendors have been delivering products targeted at them for some time.

This month ENOVIA SmarTeam (a Dassault Systemes company) has announced its SmarTeam Design Express (SDE) for Multi-CAD, an ‘out-of-the-box’ Product Data Management (PDM) system that promises scalability into PLM when needed. The product allows viewing, sharing, control and collaboration on 3D CAD data across a department.

SDE for Multi-CAD offers a set of standard scenarios, preconfigured database models, and implementation and training materials for ‘rapid’ deployment. In this case, ENOVIA says that full installation and user training can occur in less than ten days.

The product is standardized on .NET, which means it will only work in a Windows desktop/server environment. The initial product focuses on data management for the design team, but can then be scaled up into a web-based interface that can be shared with other departments that may need it.

Pricing remains a mystery for SDE for Multi-CAD. As with most software companies, ENOVIA SmarTeam is shy of revealing product pricing but does promise a ‘low total project cost’ for the product.

Our Take

We were not able to review SDE for Multi-CAD in a true production environment, so we have to do some reading between the lines as to the promises and the actual delivery of the product. That being said, we believe SDE for Multi-CAD has a number of features that should be attractive to small and medium-sized businesses

ENOVIA promises that the product will be easily scalable into enterprise-wide operations, enterprise business systems, and web-based interface tools. Given that the competition already has web-based tools for PLM for small businesses, this seems somewhat slow to the game, but may also be dependent on pricing, which of course we don’t know!

For more information about ENOVIA SmarTeam visit: http://www.3ds.com/products-solutions/plm-solutions/enovia-smarteam/overview/.

To see the product announcement press release visit: http://go.cadwire.net/?50762,1,1.

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