Dassault Systèmes

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Dassault Systèmes S.A.
TypeSociété Anonyme
Traded asEuronextDSY
IndustryCAD/CAM/CAE/ PLM Software
HeadquartersVélizy-Villacoublay, France
Key people

Bernard Charlès (President and CEO)

Charles Edelstenne (Chairman)
Products3D design software, 3D Digital Mock-up and Product lifecycle management (PLM)
Revenue2.028 billion (2012)[1]
Operating income€501.0 million (2012)[1]
Profit€334.8 million (2012)[1]
Total assets€3.641 billion (end 2012)[1]
Total equity€2.066 billion (end 2012)[1]
Employees10,122 (end 2012)[2]
ParentDassault Group
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Dassault Systèmes S.A.
TypeSociété Anonyme
Traded asEuronextDSY
IndustryCAD/CAM/CAE/ PLM Software
HeadquartersVélizy-Villacoublay, France
Key people

Bernard Charlès (President and CEO)

Charles Edelstenne (Chairman)
Products3D design software, 3D Digital Mock-up and Product lifecycle management (PLM)
Revenue2.028 billion (2012)[1]
Operating income€501.0 million (2012)[1]
Profit€334.8 million (2012)[1]
Total assets€3.641 billion (end 2012)[1]
Total equity€2.066 billion (end 2012)[1]
Employees10,122 (end 2012)[2]
ParentDassault Group

Not to be confused with 3D Systems

Dassault Systèmes S.A. (French pronunciation: ​[daˈso]; abbreviated 3DS) is a French software company that specializes in the production of 3D design software, 3D digital mock-up and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions. The company also offers social and collaboration and information and intelligence products.


Dassault Systèmes (NYSE Euronext:DSY) is a subsidiary of the Dassault Group created in 1981 by Avions Marcel Dassault to develop a new generation of computer-aided design (CAD) software called CATIA. The French government, a shareholder since 2001, sold a 15.74% stake in the company for 601 million in 2003.[3] The Dassault Group in 2011 held 42.2%[4] shares. Dassault Systèmes moved its corporate headquarters from Suresnes to Velizy-Villacoublay in November 2008. This new European headquarters, located in the south-western suburbs of Paris, is commonly called 3DS Paris Campus. Another campus was established in 2011 in Waltham, Massachusetts, west of Boston (United States) and is called 3DS Boston Campus.

Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM software solutions and services that support industrial processes by providing a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance. Dassault Systèmes customers are companies in the following industries: Aerospace & Defense, Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Consumer goods - distribution, FMCG - Distribution, Energy, and processes, Finance and Corporate Services, High Technology, Industrial Equipment, Life Sciences, Marine & Offshore, Natural Resources, and Transport & mobility.[citation needed]

Dassault Systèmes was a signatory to the French Small-Medium Enterprise business development Pact (SME Pact) in May 2008.

CAD/CAM period[edit]

Dassault Systèmes was incorporated in 1981 but in fact started in 1977 with 15 engineers from Avions Marcel Dassault - led by Francis Bernard, aircraft design engineer - who were in charge of providing support for the aircraft building process. While they were initially supposed to develop a 3D Computer-aided Design software (CATIA, then called CATI) just to help create designs, the engineers broadened the mission's scope to providing help to other industrial sectors.[citation needed]

At the end of 1980, the rumours surrounding CATIA reached the very top of the company and Marcel Dassault, then aged 88, asked for a demonstration of the software capabilities.[5] The company management understood the engineers' vision and started to discuss how to leverage their innovation.[5] They quickly realised they could not afford to keep and develop this invention internally and decided to create a new company - led by Francis Bernard - to explore the Computer-aided Design and Computer-aided Manufacturing market (CAD/CAM).

Dassault Systèmes thus got started in 1981 with only one customer (Avions Marcel Dassault) and 25 engineers who didn't know how to sell or commercialize their product.[6] Since Dassault was one of the major clients of IBM in France, an agreement was negotiated for IBM to sell CATIA. It was a non-exclusive licence with 50/50 revenue sharing where CATIA would be sold by IBM as an IBM product. This agreement was extremely successful for both companies and it is considered "one of the fundamental success factors in the history of Dassault Systèmes".[6]

CATIA started getting noticed in other sectors outside of aeronautical design, notably in the automotive industry[7] (BMW, Mercedes and Honda). The company used a step-by-step approach to get a start in other industries such as consumer goods, machinery, and shipbuilding. IBM itself became a customer in the mid 1980s and deployed CATIA in its engineering and manufacturing plants.[8]

Over the years, Dassault Systèmes improved its software and expanded to the US, Japan and Germany. This rapid growth triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company's core 3D CAD/CAM software and led to what is known today as Dassault Systèmes.

PLM Period[edit]

By the end of the 20th century, CAD/CAM had become too restrictive to be identified with Dassault Systèmes products. Then, in the early 2000s, it was replaced by PLM, the acronym for Product Lifecycle Management.[9] New brand names were added to address the full PLM spectrum: DELMIA to support manufacturing, ENOVIA to support internal and external collaboration, SIMULIA for Analysis and Simulation, SolidWorks for 3D modeling and 3DVIA for 3D visualization.

In 2007, along with the creation of the new brand 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes started to get into online applications. PLM 2.0 was released, linked to the Web 2.0 "network as a platform" concept. The company used the advantages of the Internet and introduced online PLM with its Version 6 platform.[9] This strategy was also followed by many other acquisitions such as: the 2010 Exalead purchase to plunge deeper into Internet search technologies, the 2012 Netvibes purchase to monitor social media through dashboards, the 2012 Gemcom purchase to model and simulate the planet,and the 2013 SIMPOE for plastic injection simulation. In the same year Dassault Systèmes announced its first employment safeguard plan under the Law of Social Modernisation of 17 January 2002 as a result of its closure of its research laboratory in Grenoble.[10]

Key dates[edit]


3DLive, a suite of products designed to help individuals across the enterprise to search, navigate and collaborate in 3D in real-time over the Internet (for PC and Mac);
3DVIA Composer, which enables users to deliver assembly procedures, technical illustrations, and marketing materials using 3D images and other 3D data that remain compatible with other products.
3DVIA.com, a community Web site dedicated to 3D artists and enthusiasts and to find, share and create 3D interactive experiences.

Corporate Culture[edit]

Passion for Innovation Program[edit]

Passion for Innovation is a corporate sponsorship which aims at giving free access to Dassault Systèmes' software to non-profit organizations and individuals.[27]

The program started with a disabled employee who could not drive a sports car because of his physical issue.[28] He developed a new clutch system that would allow him to drive, but needed to test it virtually beforehand, as road testing of such a vital modification would be very dangerous. He was granted free access to CATIA to design his idea, which allowed him to eventually drive a sports car.

Such a story fomented the creation of Passion for Innovation and since then it has helped on several projects such as "Xplorair", "Khufu", and "Ice Dream".[29]

Dassault Systèmes Campus[edit]

Dassault Systèmes has two sites as headquarters: one based in Europe (France), and one based in North America (Waltham, Massachusetts, in New England).

European Campus[edit]

Dassault Systèmes headquarters are in Vélizy-Villacoublay, located in the south-western suburbs of Paris, France. Most of the employees who work there are under 40 years old. The campus is actually made up of four environmentally-certified HQE buildings with 45,000 square metres of land within the complex, and is often referred to as the Dassault Systèmes Campus. This campus is commonly called the 3DS Paris Campus.[30] Each building is named after one of the four main elements (water, earth, air and fire), which together total 57,000 square metres of office space. One of the buildings has an area called "LIVES" (Lifelike Immersive Virtual Experience Space) which is a demonstration centre equipped with virtual reality technology.[31] One of the 25 engineers who participated in the company's founding in 1981 and developed most of the complex surfaces algorithms committed suicide from one of the campus's terraces on February 12, 2014.

American Campus[edit]

Dassault Systèmes headquarters in North America is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, to the west of Boston, United States of America. 800 employees plus contractors and interns work in a building designed as an arc and where overall energy use is reduced by 29 percent. This campus has a green area (27-acres (~110,000 m2)) and is called 3DS Boston Campus.[32]

Corporate Information[edit]


The list below sets forth the Company's main subsidiaries and also indicates the percentage equity interest and voting rights directly or indirectly held by Dassault Systèmes SA.[33]

  • Dassault Data Services SAS (France) – 95%
  • Dassault Systèmes Americas Corp. (US) – 100%
  • Exalead SA (France) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes Services LLC (US) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes Deutschland GmbH (Germany) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (US) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes K.K. (Japan) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes Enovia Corp. (US) – 100%
  • SolidWorks Japan K.K. (Japan) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes Delmia Corp. (US) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes Korea Corp. (Korea) – 100%
  • Dassault Systèmes Simulia Corp. (US) – 100%

Company management[edit]

Financial data[edit]

Dassault Systèmes is the largest French software publisher in terms of revenue: it is five times greater than that of the second largest.[34]

Financial data
Gross Turnover (Millions of Euros)774.1754.8796.6934.51,157.81,258.81,334.81,251.31,563.81,783.52,028.3
Net Earnings per Share (Euros)106.0114.1144.4156.2174.3176.7200.5169.7220.5289.2334.2
Equity (Millions of Euros)588.3605.4700.0886.01013.31116.91308.91447.71790.42066.22364.8
Net Debt00000000000

Market data[edit]

Shares listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Symbol: DSY) Member index CAC Next 20 ISIN Code Value = FR000130650 Nominal value = euro Main shareholders: ( 2009 ): Floating 49.7% Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault 43.8% Charles Edelstenne 6.5%. ( 2010 ): Floating 50.2% Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault 42.8% Charles Edelstenne 6.3% Bernard Charlès 0.7%. ( 2011 ): Floating 50.7%, Marcel Dassault Industrial Group 42.2% Charles Edelstenne 6.2% Bernard Charlès 1.0%.

Market Data as at 1 January
Shares Traded (millions)118.4121.3123.1
Market Capitalisation (billions of Euros)
Number of Daily Transactions260,297237,242254,652
Diluted EPS non-IFRS (Euros)1.862.502.923.37

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Results 2012". Dassault Systèmes. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2012". Dassault Systèmes. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ (French) Dassault Systèmes : satisfait de la vente de la participation de l'Etat, boursier.com, September 4, 2003
  4. ^ (French) Document de référence 2011 Dassault Systemes
  5. ^ a b Deelip Menezes, The Dassault Systèmes Success Story, Part 5,deelip.com, November 27, 2010
  6. ^ a b Deelip Menezes, Dassault Systèmes Success Story, Part 6,deelip.com, November 27, 2010
  7. ^ (French) Bertrand Garé, Dassault Systèmes: l'histoire d'une réussite unique, linformaticien.com, November 1, 2008
  8. ^ Deelip Menezes,The Dassault Systemes Success Story, Part 7, deelip.com, November 27, 2010
  9. ^ a b Deelip Menezes, The Dassault Systèmes Success Story, Part 8, deelip.com, November 27, 2010
  10. ^ (French) O.P. Le désarroi des salariés de Dassault Systèmes, ledauphine.com, April 20, 2012
  11. ^ Dassault Systemes signs definitive agreement to acquire SolidWorks, 3ds.com, June 24, 1997
  12. ^ IBM and Dassault Systemes Create new Strategic Alliance to Address PDM II Market, 3ds.com, February 25, 1998
  13. ^ Dassault Systemes Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire a Majority Interest in Smart Solutions Ltd., BusinessWire, April 19, 1999
  14. ^ Dassault Systèmes Completes the Acquisition of ABAQUS Inc. and Introduces the SIMULIA Brand
  15. ^ Dassault Systemes Announces Completion of Merger with MatrixOne Business Wire, May 11, 2006
  16. ^ (French) Jérôme Bouteiller,Dassault Systèmes rachète Seemage, spécialiste de la documentation produit 3D, clubic.com, October 2, 2007
  17. ^ Dassault Systemes Acquires Exalead, June 9, 2010
  18. ^ Dassault Systemes Acquires Intercim LLC
  19. ^ Dassault Systemes Acquires Enginuity PLM, 3ds.com, April 27, 2011
  20. ^ "Partnering for success". Gehry Technologies Experiences Exponential 25 Percent Year over Year Revenue Growth. Gehry Technologies. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  21. ^ Dassault Systèmes Acquires Netvibes3ds.com February 9, 2012
  22. ^ Freddy Mini,Netvibes is now part of Dassault SystèmesNetvibes Blog, February 9, 2012
  23. ^ Dassault Systèmes To Acquire Gemcom Software International, 3ds.com"", April 24, 2012
  24. ^ Dassault Systèmes to Acquire Apriso, 3ds.com"", May 29, 2013
  25. ^ Dassault Systèmes Completes Quintiq Acquisition, 3ds.com"", Oct 21, 2014
  26. ^ Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application
  27. ^ Programs: Passion for Innovation 3ds.com
  28. ^ Passion for Innovation: The Neoclutch Driving System 3ds.com
  29. ^ Passion for Innovation: The Projects 3ds.com
  30. ^ Dassault Systèmes Campus at Paris 3ds.com
  31. ^ Lifelike Immersive Virtual Experience Space Lab at Dassault Systèmes Campus 3ds.com
  32. ^ http://www.3ds.com/company/about-dassault-systemes/our-global-headquarters/3ds-boston-campus/ Dassault Systèmes Campus at Boston
  33. ^ Daussalt Systemes Annual Report 2011
  34. ^ (French) Top 75 des éditeurs de logiciels français 2012,analyse-sectorielle.fr

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