Chicago--At the annual Daratech CAD/CAM, CAE Strategy Workshops, all forecasts were looking up. The Cambridge, MA-based research firm predicts that the CAD market will continue its 4-year string of double-digit growth, growing 16.3%, or $1.3 billion, this year compared with 1997. Accompanying much of this growth will be a continuing parade of company mergers and acquisitions.
Among other key findings: The firms responsible for most of the industry's growth this year will be Parametric Technology Corp. (16.9%), IBM ETS/Dassault Systemes (12.1%), Cadence (11.1%), and Autodesk (9.6%). Not surprisingly, the top four beneficiaries of software revenue and user spending this year are expected to be PTC, IBM, Cadence, and Autodesk.
Also, Daratech predicts that UNIX-based software will account for 59.3% of CAD/CAM, CAE software revenue, down 3.1% from 1997, and Windows NT-based packages will account for 29.9% of the market, up 4.7%. Growth for these market segments in 1998 will be 10.3% for UNIX and 38.7% for Windows NT, according to Daratech. But the firm's president and CEO, Charles Foundyller, says that despite the trend, UNIX software isn't going away any time soon.
For more information on Daratech and its CAD/CAM, CAE market forecasts, visit www.daratech.com.