For many years, Autodesk was the largest CAD software company in the world, as measured by gross annual revenues. But something happened last fiscal year, and Dassault was able to pull ahead, just beating out the former #1.
Now, it is a bit tricky measuring Dassault, because they report their revenues in Euros, and then have to translate them ito US$ -- and that exchange varies by the minute. The number listed below is provided by Dassaul themselves.
The Top 4 CAD vendors are as follows:
1. Dassault Systemes $2.36 billion
2. Autodesk: $2.22 billion
3. Siemens PLM Software: $?.?? billion
4. Parametric Technologies: $1.3 billion
It is assumed that Siemens PLM is #3, but no one knows for sure, because they do not make public their financial results. The last time they reported was in 2007 when they were still known as UGS, and revenues were $1.2 billion. The guess is that Siemens is somewhere between $1.5 and 2.0 billion in revenues.