Dassault Systèmes

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Dassault Systèmes SE
TypeSocietas Europaea
Euronext ParisDSY
CAC 40 Component
IndustryCAD/CAM/CAE/ PLM Software
Founded1981; 41 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 4.86 billion (2021)[1]
Increase €1.02 billion (2021)[1]
Increase €774 million (2021)[1]
Total assetsIncrease €14.22 billion (2021)[1]
Total equityIncrease €6.20 billion (2021)[1]
Number of employees
20,000+ (December 2021)[2]
ParentDassault Group

Dassault Systèmes SE (French pronunciation: ​[daso sistɛm]) (abbreviated 3DS) is a French software corporation which develops software for 3D product design, simulation, manufacturing and other 3D related products.

Dassault Group is a subsidiary spun off from Dassault Aviation in 1981. It is headquartered in Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, and has around 20,000 employees in 140 countries.[3]


3DS identifies five distinct periods in its history:

  • 1981-1989 – 3D Design: Led by the launch of CATIA, parts and assemblies can be designed in 3D.
  • 1989-1999 – 3D Digital Mock-Up (3D DMU): 3D parts can 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 mock-up.
  • 1999-2012 – 3D Product Lifecycle Management (3D PLM): 3D modeling of the entire lifecycle of a product's development – from design to retirement, enabling improved process management and product innovation.
  • 2012-2020 – 3DEXPERIENCE
  • 2020–present – 3DEXPERIENCE from Things to Life: With virtual twins for people, the human body can be modeled and tested as precisely, safely, and effectively as products in traditional industries such as cars, buildings, or airplanes.

Key dates[edit]

  • 1981: Dassault Systèmes created; strategic partnership with IBM launched[4]
  • 1982: CATIA Version 1 (V1) introduced[5]
  • 1986: Version 3 (V3) architecture introduced (for 3D Design)
  • 1994: Version 4 (V4) architecture introduced (for full Digital Mock-Up/”DMU”)[6]
  • 1997: SOLIDWORKS acquired[7][8][9]
  • 1998: ENOVIA brand launched (for product data management)[10]
  • 1999: Version 5 (V5) architecture introduced[11] (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[12] (realistic simulation software); relaunched as SIMULIA brand[13][14]
  • 2005: Virtools acquired[15]
  • 2006: MatrixOne acquired; integrated into the ENOVIA brand[16]
  • 2007: 3DVIA brand launched (extending 3D visualization to non-CAD users)[17]
  • 2008: Version 6 (V6) architecture introduced (laying the foundation for the 3DEXPERIENCE platform)
  • 2010: EXALEAD acquired (for structured and unstructured search with data analytics)[18]
  • 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)[19][20]
  • 2012: Gemcom acquired (for geologic modeling and mining engineering); relaunched as GEOVIA brand[21]
  • 2012: 3DEXPERIENCE platform introduced[22]
  • 2013: Simpoe S.A.S. acquired (Polymer Injection and Extrusion Simulation Software); integrated into SOLIDWORKS Plastics and 3D EXPERIENCE Injection Molding Engineering.
  • 2013: Apriso acquired (Manufacturing Operations Management software); integrated into DELMIA brand.
  • 2014: Realtime Technology acquired[23] (3D visualization software for marketing); relaunched as 3DEXCITE brand
  • 2014: Accelrys acquired (biological, chemical and materials modeling and simulation software); relaunched as BIOVIA brand[24]
  • 2014: Quintiq acquired (operations planning and optimization software); integrated into DELMIA brand.[25]
  • 2015: Dassault Systèmes changes legal status to European Company (societas Europaea)[26]
  • 2016: CST acquired (electromagnetic simulation software); integrated into SIMULIA brand[27]
  • 2016: Outscale acquired majority stake (cloud computing infrastructure services)
  • 2018: Acquired majority stake in Centric Software(fashion and retail software)[28]
  • 2018: IQMS acquired (mid-market ERP software); relaunched as DELMIA.WORKS[29]
  • 2019: Medidata Solutions acquired (clinical trial software)[30]
  • 2020: NuoDB, a developer of a cloud-native distributed SQL database management system, was acquired.[31]


Dassault Systèmes also owned Virtools, a software developer and vendor created in 1993. It is no longer updated and was taken down in March 2009.[32] They offered a development environment to create 3D real-time applications and related services, targeted at system integrators, game studios and corporate end-users. In 2005, they were acquired by Dassault Systèmes. Since 2006, the software is called 3DVIA Virtools as part of Dassault Systèmes' 3DVIA brand. The last release was Virtools 5 ([33]

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 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 the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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 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 of 3D Printing service or CNC Machining service, 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.[34]

In recent year, 3DS has been named Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies, Corporate Knights’ World's Most Sustainable Corporations, Forbes' World's Best Employers and Fortune’s Future 50 companies with the strongest long-term growth potential.[35][36][37][38]

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.[39]

  • 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 Operating Officer: Pascal Daloz
  • Chief Financial Officer: Rouven Bergmann
  • 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%.[40]


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