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.

Summary

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 enovia.ux.ww@3ds.com 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

3DEXPERIENCE Platform R2014x now available for everyone

By Aurelien

Connecting the dots

If you remember back to July, we introduced the R2014 release coming with its groundbreaking user interface “IF WE Compass”, which set a milestone in the way our customers would pilot their business. Here is an overview in case you missed it:

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Back then however, we wanted to make sure the Platform was thoroughly tested and validated, so we limited availability of this release to a shorter list of customers, as part of what we called the “Lighthouse Program”. Half a year later, and thanks to the invaluable feedback from our “Lighthouse” customers, we’re now ready to make the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform available to everyone. On-premise or on-the-cloud. You choose. And when we mean available to everyone, we do mean everyone :-)

Indeed, one of the feedback I’m sometimes hearing on social media or in real life is that the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform would be something for large companies only. The large manufacturers, the big OEMs. If you think so, I’d like you to take a look at the following testimonies from two of our “Lighthouse” customers (if you don’t think so, you can watch them too, they’re great testimonies :D ).

The first one I’d like to introduce is designer Jens Paulus. From Barcelona, Spain, Jens runs a small design studio with partners scattered all over Europe. Hear what Jens had to say:

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Pretty self-explanatory, right? The second example is BHR, an France-based SMB building lightweight helicopters. They’ve been flying the cloud -so to speak!- for the past four months on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform:

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With the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on the cloud, small businesses like Jens Paulus or BHR can benefit today from the same advanced software as larger companies. Because they don’t have to worry about the burden of IT overhead, and because they can select exactly the Apps then need, right from the “IF WE Compass” user interface.

Another question I’ve been hearing at times relates to the procedure for accessing the Platform and provisioning the Apps. When Jens Paulus or the BHR guys say that entering 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud was the matter of just a few clicks and minutes, they literally mean it. All it takes is just 6 steps to get started and access the most advanced yet scalable software in the industry:

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What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you’d like to see the full portfolio of processes this R2014x release has to offer, click here.



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