Thursday, April 5, 2001
The hottest CAD/CAM/CAE buzzwords of 2001 are "peer-to-peer" and
"collaborative." But although they've been echoed incessantly at trade shows and
conferences for several months now, will these latest software concepts survive
the recent NASDAQ carnage and imploding dot-coms?
There is no stronger answer to this question than yesterday's
announcement by SDRC (Cincinnati, OH; www.sdrc.com) that it would acquire Inovie
Software Inc. (San Diego, CA; www.inovie.com) for an undisclosed price.
Translation: "It's not a recession, it's a buying opportunity."
That theme was mirrored in last week's announcement by Dassault Systemes
(Suresnes, France; www.dsweb.com) that it
would acquire SRAC (Los Angeles, CA; www.srac.com) for $22 million.
Indeed, SDRC announced plans to expand its products in the
buzzword areas, saying it would "combine its Metaphase product knowledge
management (PKM) and Accelis e-Business integration suite (e-BI) with Inovie's
collaborative project management offerings" to offer secure, Web-based
collaboration in the manufacturing and supply chain enterprise. The new
solutions will empower virtual business teams to better collaborate in the
Let's hope for SDRC's sake that its new software products don't
make a merely "virtual" profit.