With yesterday's news that IBM is now also reselling PM software from UGS [are three acronyms in one sentence legal? -Ed.], Dassault's we're-tight-with-IBM [four. -Ed.] story looks weaker. Earlier, PTC was the second initiatee to the love-club.
To keep things "fair," there is some compartmentalization. The agreements between IBM and the big CAD vendors [where's Autodesk? -Ed.] are geographic-specific. And don't forget last month's announcement [I haven't. -Ed.] by IBM that they find PLM so utterly fascinating that they've created a programming platform for it.
So here we have IBM embracing CAD vendors and their non-CAD software, mimicking Microsoft's oft-declared lust for all things CAD. Stick with me, or I'll stick it to you -- or something like that. [Is that dirty talk? -Ed.]
If only they knew what the traditional definition of "cad" is... [was. -Ed.]