Dassault Systèmes

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Dassault Systèmes SE
TypeSocietas Europaea
CAC 40 Component
IndustryCAD/CAM/CAE/ PLM Software
Founded1981; 40 years ago (1981)
HeadquartersVélizy-Villacoublay, France
Key people
Bernard Charlès (Vice-chairman and CEO)
Charles Edelstenne (Chairman) Francis Bernard(Founder and first CEO)
Products3D design software, 3D Digital Mock-up and Product lifecycle management (PLM)
RevenueIncrease €4.45 billion (2020)[1]
Decrease €491 million (2020)
Total assetsIncrease €13.87 billion (end 2019)
Total equityIncrease €5.26 billion (end 2019)
Number of employees
ParentDassault Group

Dassault Systèmes SE (French pronunciation: ​[daso sistɛm]) (abbreviated 3DS) is a French software corporation. It is among Fortune 50 list of the largest software companies that develops software for 3D product design, simulation, manufacturing and more.

A Dassault Group subsidiary spun off from Dassault Aviation in 1981, it is headquartered in Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, and has around 20,000 employees in 140 different countries.[2]

A pioneer in computer aided design with CATIA, 3DS has expanded into a diverse range of software categories and industries. Established companies and startups use the company's 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create, test and optimize consumer and business-to-business products and services.


3DS identifies five distinct periods in its history where its software solutions have helped people and business to innovate and contribute to human progress:

  • 1981-1989 – 3D Design: led by the launch of CATIA, parts and assemblies can now be designed in 3D.
  • 1989-1999 – 3D Digital Mock-Up (3D DMU): 3D parts can now be assembled to simulate a complete virtual mock-up, enabling the replacement of physical prototypes. When Boeing adopted 3D DMU for its 777 project, it marked the first time that an entire aircraft was created in 3D, without a physical mockup.
  • 1999-2012 – 3D Product Lifecycle Management (3D PLM): the entire lifecycle of a product's development – from design to retirement – can now take place in 3D, enabling improved process management and product innovation
  • 2012-2020 – 3DEXPERIENCE: a digital platform now connects people, ideas, data and solutions to help companies create differentiated experience for their clients. 3DEXPERIENCE is 3DS's response to the rise of today's experience economy where consumers put greater value on a product's usage than on the product itself. In 2012, 3DS rebranded itself as The 3DEXPERIENCE Company.
  • 2020–present – 3DEXPERIENCE from Things to Life: with the advent of virtual twins for people, the human body can now be modeled and tested as precisely, safely and effectively as products in traditional industry such as cars, buildings or airplanes.

Key dates[edit]

  • 1981: Dassault Systèmes created; strategic partnership with IBM launched[3]
  • 1982: CATIA Version 1 (V1) introduced[4]
  • 1986: Version 3 (V3) architecture introduced (for 3D Design)
  • 1994: Version 4 (V4) architecture introduced (for full Digital Mock-Up/”DMU”)[5]
  • 1997: SOLIDWORKS acquired[6][7][8]
  • 1998: ENOVIA brand launched (for product data management)[9]
  • 1999: Version 5 (V5) architecture introduced[10] (for both Windows NT and UNIX environments)
  • 1999: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) introduced (for 3D design, simulation analysis, digital manufacturing and product data management)
  • 2000: DELMIA brand launched (for digital manufacturing)
  • 2005: Abaqus acquired[11] (realistic simulation software); relaunched as SIMULIA brand[12][13]
  • 2006: MatrixOne acquired; integrated into the ENOVIA brand[14]
  • 2007: 3DVIA brand launched (extending 3D visualization to non-CAD users)[15]
  • 2008 Version 6 (V6) architecture introduced (laying the foundation for the 3DEXPERIENCE platform)
  • 2010: EXALEAD acquired (for structured and unstructured search with data analytics)[16]
  • 2010: IBM's sales and support force acquired (all support contracts and around 700 employees) for the PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software business
  • 2012: NETVIBES acquired (for intelligent dashboarding and social media monitoring)[17][18]
  • 2012: Gemcom acquired (for geologic modeling and mining engineering); relaunched as GEOVIA brand[19]
  • 2012: 3DEXPERIENCE platform introduced[20]
  • 2013: Simpoe S.A.S. acquired (Injection Simulation D.F.M. software); integrated into SOLIDWORKS Plastics and 3D EXPERIENCE later.
  • 2013: Apriso acquired (Manufacturing Operations Management software); integrated into DELMIA brand.
  • 2014: Realtime Technology acquired[21] (3D visualization software for marketing); relaunched as 3DEXCITE brand
  • 2014: Accelrys acquired (biological, chemical and materials modeling and simulation software); relaunched as BIOVIA brand[22]
  • 2014: Quintiq acquired (operations planning and optimization software); integrated into DELMIA brand.[23]
  • 2015: Dassault Systèmes changes legal status to European Company (societas Europaea)[24]
  • 2016: CST acquired (electromagnetic simulation software); integrated into SIMULIA brand[25]
  • 2016: Outscale acquired majority stake (cloud computing infrastructure services)
  • 2018: Acquired majority stake in Centric Software(fashion and retail software)[26]
  • 2018: IQMS acquired (mid-market ERP software); relaunched as DELMIA.WORKS[27]
  • 2019: Medidata Solutions acquired (clinical trial software)[28]
  • 2020: NuoDB acquired (cloud-native distributed SQL database)

Products and brands[edit]

Before 2000, the company focused on 3D design software with CATIA and SolidWorks. Over the next decade, new brands were launched: ENOVIA for product data management and collaboration; DELMIA for manufacturing and global operations; and Simulia for realistic simulation.

The company later added additional brands: EXALEAD (for information intelligence and search); NETVIBES (for business analytics); 3DEXCITE (for marketing); GEOVIA (for modeling the planet); BIOVIA (for modeling the biosphere); and MEDIDATA (for managing clinical trials)*.


In 2012, 3DS launched a digital product innovation platform called the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The strategy behind the platform is human industry experience: human (people-focused, multi-disciplinary collaboration); industry (specialized industry best practices); experience (what consumers value in today's ‘experience economy’).

Users navigate the 3DEXPERIENCE platform via its interface called the Compass, which groups these brands or apps into four quadrants:

  1. 3D Modeling apps: create and visualize products and experiences
  2. Simulation apps: simulate and test the possible business solutions in the virtual world
  3. Information Intelligence apps: gather and gain insight from data to optimize product development
  4. Social & Collaborative apps: manage data and collaborate with stakeholders in and outside the company

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is available on premise and on cloud. It is used by large enterprises, mid-size companies, and startups across 11 industry sectors. It functions as both a system of operations (to run a business) and a business model (to transform a business).  As a system of operations, it enables businesses to design and test experiences from ideation, modeling and simulation, delivery and usage. As a business model, it allows businesses to become “platform companies” by connecting stakeholders and removing intermediaries.

3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace

Part of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace is an online trading environment for 3D digital design, engineering and manufacturing transactions. Users can identify new manufacturing service providers (including 3D printing), search for and add specific components within their design environment, or manage their ecosystem of selected service providers and in-house resources. They can access on-demand manufacturing and part sourcing services.  As of 2019, the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace features 50 digital manufacturers with more than 500 machines and 30 million component parts from 600 suppliers.

Additional Products

The company has additional products and brands including Centric PLM (for fashion and retail); 3DVIA/HomeByMe (for 3D home planning); and DraftSight (for 2D Drafting).

People and culture[edit]

3DS has 20,000 employees across 140 countries: 39% are based in Europe; 30% in Asia-Oceania; and 31% in Americas. Geographic headquarters are located in Paris (Vélizy-Villacoublay, France), Tokyo, Japan and Boston (Waltham, Massachusetts). As of December 31, 2019, approximately 39% of employees worked in R&D.[29]

In addition to their professional activities, employees participate in social initiatives, including community service days, supporting robotics competitions (such as First Robotics) and sporting charities such as the Pan Mass Challenge. Since 2013, the company has a Women's Initiative Network[30] to encourage, inspire and support women in their career development by achieving personal and professional growth, as well as support women globally such as by sponsoring technical education for women in developing countries such as Rwanda.[31]

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.[32]

  • Dassault Data Services SAS (France) – 95%
  • Dassault Systèmes Americas Corp. (US) – 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]

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors: Charles Edelstenne
  • Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer: Bernard Charlès
  • Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Strategy Officer: Pascal Daloz
  • President, Research & Development: Dominique Florack
  • General Secretary: Thibault de Tersant
  • Chief People and Information Officer: Laurence Barthès
  • Industry Solutions, Field Marketing, Global Affairs: Florence Verzelen
  • Research & Development: Florence Hu‑Aubigny
  • 3DS Global Brands: Philippe Laufer
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia: Olivier Ribet
  • Asia-Pacific: Samson Khaou
  • North America Managing Director: Erik Swedberg
  • Business Platform Experience: Elisa Prisner
  • Corporate Equity & Communications: Victoire de Margerie

Market data[edit]

Share of Dassault Systèmes S.A., ADS, OTC, (Symbol: DASTY) Shares of Dassault Systemes S.A., OTC, (Symbol: DASTF)

Shares listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Symbol: DSY is for Destiny Media Technologies Inc.) Member index CAC Next 20 ISIN Code Value = FR000130650 Nominal value = euro Main shareholders: ( 2019 ): Public 49.64%, GIMD (Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault) 40.50%, Charles Edelstenne 5.99%, Bernard Charlès 1.5%, Treasury stock/indirect treasury stock 1.73%, Directors and senior management 0.63%.[33]


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