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Actify Finds a Hole in PLM

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Rachael Dalton-Taggart, September 21, 2007

Actify, a long-time provider of 3D CAD viewing products, made changes in 2006 to its executive team that indicated a possible shift in the company’s mind-set.

Actify started using the term ‘Digital Design Communication Solutions’ in 2005. The company still uses the phrase to describe its technologies. But rather than relying on its original 3D CAD viewing tools -- now a commodity -- it has focused on applying robust and proven technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint as a way to streamline engineering data across enterprises. DesignShare, released originally in October 2005, with a major upgrade in January 2007, is described as follows:

DesignShare manages both structured and unstructured data as it is accessed by various team members. The technology is based on Microsoft SharePoint.

“DesignShare 2.0 is an enterprise-wide collaboration solution, based on Microsoft’s SharePoint platform, which allows users to quickly and securely track, collaborate on, and mange all product information including 2D and 3D data.”

But What is Actify Really Doing?

In June 2007 Actify announced that it had secured additional funding from both existing and new investors into the company. So we chatted with David Opsahl, Actify CEO, to determine what is on the company’s agenda -- and what customers are buying into.

The company’s SpinFire product is regarded by Opsahl as a key technology to achieve company goals. SpinFire is a technology platform that enables manufacturing organizations and their supply chains to access, interact with, and communicate part data plus related files and documentation. All major 3D and 2D CAD data formats are allowed and no CAD system is required to view the design data.

Now Actify is building on SpinFire technology to enable the data to be available to many disciplines, not just engineering.

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