A Dassault survey shows that companies have difficulty finding employees with the skills to compete in a world of AI, IT, and cybersecurity.

Rob Spiegel

February 14, 2024

2 Min Read
3DExperience conference

At a Glance

  • AI skills
  • Cybersecurity savvy
  • IT abilities

Dassault Systèmes opened its 3DEXPERIENCE World 2024 conference for SolidWorks users on February 12. This year is the 25th anniversary of the event that draws more than 5,000 users, makers, entrepreneurs, and students.

In conjunction with the conference, Dassault released results from a survey it commissioned that covered artificial intelligence capabilities, IT, and cybersecurity skillsets. The independent market research firm, CITE Research, quizzed more than 1,000 technology employees in the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, and Italy. Respondents were polled on their perception of AI tools in the workplace, concerns with cybersecurity, and the consequences of weak IT and cybersecurity skills.

Key findings include:

  • AI is going to radically transform industry and society, but missed opportunities and early misunderstandings of its full benefits will give startups and small and mid-sized businesses a head start, with the help of key computer capabilities.

  • 84% of businesses allow the use of AI and 68% have used chatbots, but other, more impactful capabilities, such as machine-aided design, integrations, and machine learning, are poised to catapult users’ efficiency. 

  • 64% of respondents agree it is increasingly difficult to find employees that have the skills needed to compete. 73% are concerned about cybersecurity issues, but only 40% have employees with the right cybersecurity skills to address them.

  • Consequences of the cybersecurity skills gap include higher costs of products and services, safety issues, slower time to market and lower revenues, revealing areas of improvement for smaller businesses through the right skillsets.  

  • 87% of organizations have room to grow their digital transformation. More than one-third of large companies see implementation costs and management skills of digital transformation as barriers to adoption, revealing an opportunity for smaller businesses to seize key opportunities with digital platforms.

Cadence Integrates AI CAD Tools with Dassault

In other news at the conference, Cadence Design Systems and Dassault Systèmes announced they have extended their strategic partnership by integrating the AI-driven Cadence OrCAD X and Allegro X with Dassault Systèmes’ extended 3DExperience Works portfolio, for SolidWorks existing and future customers. The integration was designed to enable collaboration for continuous development across PCB, 3D mechanical design and simulation. The cloud-based integration offers joint customers an easy-to-use, end-to-end solution for next-generation product development, enabling an up-to-5X reduction in design turnaround time.

The new integration provides electrical and mechanical engineers the ability to accelerate the end-to-end mechatronics system development process while optimizing designs for performance, reliability, manufacturability, supply resilience, compliance, and cost. The new integration offers a seamless and scalable experience to customers of different sizes, from startups to enterprises.

"Any companies developing electromechanical products today need a synergistic solution in order to avoid time-to-market delays," said Kimball Cluff, EVP of software sales at GoEngineer, a leading provider of mechanical and electrical design and analysis solutions from Dassault Systèmes and Cadence. "This new cloud-enabled solution from Cadence and Dassault Systèmes provides electrical and mechanical design teams with a proven and easy-to-deploy collaborative solution with a desirable user experience.”

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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