I was at SolidWorks World 2010, and for me, this event was 4 days long because I participated in the round tables on Sunday as well as 3 days of technical sessions. Every year I look for and meet up with some SolidWorks personnel that I have met throughout the years including Jon Hirschtick, Jeff Ray, Sal Lama, Marlon Banta, and many others. One of the reasons why I know so many people at SolidWorks is that everyone at SolidWorks is “approachable” because they want to get to know their customers, and they want to know how the customers are using SolidWorks.
I did not get a change to catch up to Jon Hirschtick until Wednesday, right before General Session started. During our short discussion, he introduced me to Bernard Charlés (CEO, Dassault Systemes). After Jon Hirschtick explained how I am supporting SolidWorks’ efforts with my blog, website and being an officer of a user group, Bernard Charlés was very thankful of my efforts.
When talking with Bernard Charlés, I identified that I support SolidWorks, because of Jon Hirschtick’s philosophies when he founded SolidWorks, which was to “Do a better job” than the other CAD vendors, and “Treat the customer with respect”. Bernard Charlés identified that Dassault Systemes shares the same philosophies.
We also spoke shortly of the relationship between Dassault Systemes (parent company) and SolidWorks Corporation where Bernard Charlés identified that Dassault Systemes is interested in seeing SolidWorks succeed. Bernard Charlés also identified that there will be more interconnectivity between SolidWorks and the remainder of Dassault Systemes “LoveMark” brands such as Catia, Enovia, Delmia, Simulia and 3DVia.
It looks to me like SolidWorks is on very stable ground, with the strong backing of a large stable company of Dassault Systemes. This combination has grown immensely since 1997, and the next years, both companies should grow even stronger.