Top Three Considerations for Planning Your Move to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

By Matt H.

Over the past year there has been a lot of communication around the new 3DEXPERIENCE platform made available in the R2014x release. Some ENOVIA customers may wonder how this impacts their past investments with Dassault Systèmes. While the R2014x release offers many new benefits to Dassault Systèmes’ customers and upgrading is very similar to past ENOVIA V6 upgrades. The reasons are:

  1. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is an extension to the ENOVIA platform used in previous releases – in other words, both have the same technology foundation.
  2. All V6 commercial licenses from past releases are migrated to R2014x at no charge and in many cases the new licenses have expanded functionality.
  3. As with past releases, a customer can upgrade with the same functional scope or choose to expand their implementation’s scope with new processes for new user roles.

1. 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Technology

The same data model and business process rules that power the 3DEXPERIENCE platform also powered the ENOVIA platform. In fact, the same basic approach also powered the MatrixOne platform. This is why so many of ENOVIA’s current customers have been able to successfully upgrade since their first implementation in the mid to late 1990’s. This evolution of platform technology is best conveyed in the following figure:

The evolution of platform technology by Dassault Systèmes

The evolution of platform technology

While the “engine” of all 3 evolutions of the platform is very similar, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s spans a much broader scope of functionality. In addition to the formal control of product development processes, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform also provides social collaboration and data federation capabilities to either enterprise or public data sources. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform also delivers the latest IT technologies including cloud support and a modern user experience for desktop and mobile devices.

2. License Upgrades

All licenses from past V6 releases are upgraded to R2014x at zero charge as part of the standard V6 maintenance policy. In many cases these upgrades will provide more standard capabilities than customers previously received. For example, the license for Engineering Bill-of-Material Management now includes standard capabilities for managing an approved vendor list, which was previously licensed separately. Another example of the added standard value provided with R2014x is all licenses for managing CAD data now include standard library classification and reuse capabilities. Of course, the best way to learn of the added value of R2014s is to contact a 3DS Sales Executive to arrange a presentation of all the standard benefits in R2014x.

3. Expand and Transform an ENOVIA Implementation w/ R2014x

A customer may choose to upgrade to R2014x just to get the new functionality described in the previous sections. However, over the past few years, ENOVIA has added business processes for many roles beyond PLM’s traditional roots in Engineering and Design departments. Additionally, many of these roles and processes are now uniquely tailored to specific industry needs as delivered in the 3DS Industry Solution Experiences.   The R2014x upgrade is an excellent opportunity to also assess your company’s business goals and determine if there are new processes and user roles that need to be included in the ENOVIA implementation.


Hopefully, this quick introduction to upgrading to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform has answered many questions, and provides assurance that this upgrade will be similar to all past V6 upgrades. Remember:

  1. The 3DEXPERIENCE represents an evolution of the technology rooted in ENOVIA V6 and the Matrix One platform
  2. Your licenses will migrate to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform – often with additional functionality.
  3. Take advantage of the new technology available in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to solve new business challenges.

We look forward to working with you to help you get the most out of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Be sure to contact one of our solutions experts at for more information.  Additionally, please feel free to comment or ask you questions in the comment section below.

Matthew J. Hall Matthew Hall is the ENOVIA User Advocacy & Social EXPERIENCE Specialist.You can find him on Twitter at @mjhall. Connect with ENOVIA at @3DSENOVIA

Design Review in a Multi-CAD Data Management Environment

By Ron

ConversationDesign Review in a Multi-CAD Data Management Environment, a conversation with:

  • David Segal: ENOVIA User Experience Director
  • Ron Close: ENOVIA Marketing Director




Ron Close, Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA Marketing Director

Ron Close, Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA Marketing Director

Ron: David, thanks for joining us for this conversation. We’ve been talking a lot recently about the ENOVIA Multi-CAD Data Management Experience and it’s great to have the subject matter expert with us. For this conversation, we’d like to talk about how companies can optimize their Design Review processes in a Multi-CAD environment. Could I first ask you to describe the basics of how ENOVIA tackles this problem?

David: Thanks Ron. This is indeed a very important topic for our customers. As you know, many customers work in a mixed CAD environment but still need to bring the data together for intra-departmental reviews as well as reviews with constituents outside of the company, such as suppliers and OEM clients.   Managing digital mock-up (DMU) in Multi-CAD environments has been always an important process to improve design quality and efficiency. ENOVIA is able to bring Multi-CAD designs together by automatically generating lightweight versions of the CAD files and assembling them in what we call a ‘3D hybrid digital mock-up’. Once the visualization data is created, ENOVIA users can enjoy the benefits of the 3DEXPERIENCE Data Driven Architecture which delivers critical functionality to perform instant design reviews, resolve interferences and clashes.

Ron: I understand that is how we bring the data together. Do we have to manually regenerate the visualization data each time the CAD data is updated?

David Segal, ENOVIA User Experience Director

David Segal, ENOVIA User Experience Director

David: No, with the immersive data management provided by ENOVIA, the changes made in the native CAD system are automatically propagated not only to the visualization data, but for the Bill of Materials and other meta-data elements as well. In fact, designers or a group of designers, could set up rules for automatic generation and updates of lightweight designs and be in constant control of when, how and what data will be generated.

Ron: Besides the visualization data, can you shed some light on other data elements that are managed in this environment?

David: Information about material, tolerances and annotations, product and manufacturing information can be captured for further digital mock-up analysis. In addition, information such as version, owner and data last changed are always accessible from ENOVIA. This makes it easier than ever to maximize the value of your IP – even when it comes from different CAD authoring systems.

Ron: Very cool. You mentioned that when the CAD data is modified, the changes propagate ‘automatically’. How is that accomplished? Surely the designer must interact with ENOVIA to communicate his changes?

David: I’m glad you asked. Actually, the immersive environment from Dassault Systemes places ENOVIA functionality within the CAD authoring application’s user interface. The designer doesn’t need to leave his work environment and switch to another window – all design data management functions are available from within the CAD user interface. So the simple act of saving a part through this interface enables the changes to propagate automatically. Moreover, ENOVIA ensures your data integrity and prevents any chance for design inconsistency through this automatic propagation. This is especially important for concurrent design with multiple players.   I just happened to have a screen shot with me to illustrate this point:

CAD Authoring Application Interface

CAD Authoring Application Interface

 Ron: Thanks David, that’s very clear now. As a final question, can you summarize the value of having this 3D hybrid design review available for Multi-CAD clients?

David: In short, this is all about improving design quality, efficiency and development cycle through truly innovative process of a design’s precise visual convergence. This is what makes it a Multi-CAD Data Management Experience.

There are three key values that I would like to leave you with regarding this innovative process:

  1. Efficiency: Extend the value of intellectual property: Leverage existing design data for full blown mock-ups for review and analysis.
  2. Quality: Reduce the occurrence of duplicate designs across multiple CAD systems: Ttoo often, companies spend time designing parts which may already exist somewhere else. Having all of the Multi-CAD data at your fingertips minimizes this risk.
  3. Optimize access to intellectual property: Managing all of your Multi-CAD design data in one environment minimizes the risk of unauthorized access and maximizes design integrity. Keeping your IP safe, secure, accessible and valid for current use is one of the fundamental values of deploying the ENOVIA solution.

Ron: David, thank you very much for your time.

View our webinar for more information on how Dassault Systèmes can help you with your Multi-CAD Data Management challenge.


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The Power of ZERO: 3 Questions and Answers

By Ron

ZERO files

Recently we have seen quite a buzz about the ‘ZERO files’ capabilities from DASSAULT SYSTEMES. For example, recently published a video interview with ENOVIA CEO Andy Kalambi which zeroes in (pardon the pun) on reducing BOM errors. And General Electric’s Jeff Erno explains in this YouTube video the value of zero files to an engineering organization.   Not to mention all of the international press (Korea, Japan, India…).

Andy Kalambi, ENOVIA CEO    Jeff Erno, Consulting Engineer, General Electric

So what is it?

‘Zero files’ is enabled by the DASSAULT SYSTÈMES 3DEXPERIENCE data driven architecture and enables companies to collaborate more efficiently, with less errors and more security. It is a generational change within the Product Lifecycle Management domain which enables applications like ENOVIA to provide extended value to thousands of customers around the world.  While the benefits are clearly attractive, it’s not always easy to understand how this works and what it means to an individual.  Let’s break it down by addressing some commonly asked questions:

Question #1: Is the notion of ‘zero files’ achieved in other disciplines?

Answer #1: Yes. In fact, many people interact in file-less environments today for both personal and business activities. Here are a few examples:

  1. Movies: In the not so distant past, one would rent or by DVDs (basically movie files) and use their players to watch movies at home. In the zero-files world, we stream movies from service providers such as Hulu and Amazon.
  2. Banking: When is the last time you balanced your check book by comparing the paper or PDF bank statement against your home ledger? In the zero-files world, bank registers are validated by viewing on-line statements and matching them with home records for accuracy. You need not wait until the end of the month to view your credit card statement; in a data-driven world, transactions are posted and viewable shortly after purchase.
  3. Document authoring and editing: Tools like Google Docs operate in a ‘zero-files’ environment. For example, if multiple people are working on a spreadsheet, they do not need to save the file and email it to the next person for their edits; rather, they all collaborate on an on-line workbook simultaneously (without having to check-in / check-out their files). Tools like Google Docs are prolific in the college environment and have started to become more popular in the workplace.
  4. Enterprise Applications: Tools for CRM and ERP have long operated in a ‘zero-files’ environment. This has enabled a higher degree of scalability and collaboration to occur while securing intellectual property.

Question #2: What makes a ‘zero-files’ environment more secure than using a file-based PLM tool?

Answer #2: Even though your data may be secured by a file-based PLM system, local files are placed on the user’s desktop.   This leaves the door open (even for well-meaning employees) to distribute your company’s files freely via email or web based file sharing sites.  This is a much larger issue than most people realize.  A recent study shows that 40% of companies that have a PLM system in place still use public email / web storage tools to distribute CAD files within their own company.  More than 70% use public email / web storage tools to distribute CAD files to suppliers and vendors. In a zero-files environment, the data that is provided to the client workstation is abstracted so that it may not be saved and re-distributed via other tools.

Question #3: I understand that zero-files can be achieved with CATIA V6. Does that mean that the zero-files environment will not support file based applications (such as legacy CAD tools, etc.)?

Answer #3: While it is true that the zero-files environment provides maximum benefit when the authoring application, it is a fact that many enterprise applications operate in a file based manner.  Driven by the 3DEXPERIENCE PLATFORM, ENOVIA provides the ability to manage files from these legacy applications.
It’s also worth noting that zero-files applies to more than CATIA V6; requirements management, purchase orders, quality and issue management are some of the many data types in ENOVIA that operate in  zero-file files environment.

For Multi-CAD solutions, ENOVIA provides the unique capability of creating hybrid digital mock-ups based on lightweight representations – which are data driven.  This means you have the advantage of zero files while using lightweight representations from other CAD systems.  The system maintains a relationship to the originating CAD authoring tools while enabling the benefits of zero-files for design reviews and mock-ups.

Questions or comments?  Contact our user experience experts at

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