Apriso Joins Dassault Systèmes Tent

Dassault Systèmes, a renowned provider of 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up, and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, recently announced its intent to acquire Apriso, a provider of manufacturing software solutions, for approximately US$205 million in cash. The acquisition of the California-based Apriso, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, enriches the global manufacturing operations management (MOM) capabilities of Dassault Systèmes’ umbrella 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The completion of the acquisition is subject to normal closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed in July 2013.

Apriso expands Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE footprint across multiple industries, such as consumer goods, packaged goods, high tech, life sciences, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defense (A&D), and industrial equipment. The solutions are currently used by a variety of customers, including Alstom, British American Tobacco, Bombardier, Cummins, General Motors, Hitachi, Japan Tobacco, L’Occitane, Lockheed Martin, L’Oreal, Philip Morris International, Saint-Gobain, Textron Systems, Trixell, Valeo, and Volvo CE.

Apriso will be integrated with and expand Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA application portfolio and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s virtual + reality capabilities. By integrating Apriso’s manufacturing execution systems (MES) and MOM solutions with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, customers will have a more comprehensive view of their business, from idea to design, to production and global product availability for consumers worldwide.

This is certainly a good catch by Dassault Systèmes to compete against Siemens' MES capabilities (and perhaps even spoil the ongoing Apriso MES partnership for PTC). Siemens has been ahead of Dassault Systèmes in the digital manufacturing (Tecnomatix) and MES realms, especially in process manufacturing (SIMATIC IT). But both PLM players are behind best-of-breed MES providers in terms of discrete manufacturing capabilities.

In 2011, Dassault Systèmes acquired the Intercim MES, which is already part of DELMIA and has Boeing as a customer. But Apriso provides next-generation MES, with solutions that synchronize global manufacturing networks and offer real-time visibility and control over the business processes performed by plants and suppliers. These solutions establish a common set of operational standards that can be managed holistically, on a global basis, while continuously improving and meeting local market and customer needs.

The rate of obsolescence will increase—it used to be a 10-year lifecycle for enterprise apps, which time spans are rapidly shrinking. While not everyone will necessarily upgrade to a next-gen solution, the new deals will be controlled by newer generations of apps. Workday is a great such example in the financial management and HR/payroll realms.
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