Dassault Picks Up PLM Unit From Big Blue

By Timothy Prickett Morgan

October 27, 2009

Dassault Systemes, which arguably gave IBM a credible toehold in the Unix business in the late 1980s, has bought IBM’s PLM software business unit for $600m. That business unit, tucked within IBM’s Software Group, was responsible for selling the CATIA product design software, developed by Dassault. The Dassault product line has expended considerably over the decades, and now includes SolidWorks, for 3D mechanical design and a set of related products for realistic simulation, global collaborative design, digital manufacturing and production, and 3D immersion.

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