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The 2012 financials for SolidWorks indicate continued growth and momentum
History and milestones
A brief review of the history of SolidWorks shows continued growth both from within and from acquisition.
- 2013 +2M licenses sold @ 26% commercial / 74% educational; Announced upcoming release of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual
- 2012 Added SolidWorks Plastics and SolidWorks Electrical to portfolio
- 2011 Bertrand Sicot as CEO; Added SolidWorks Costing to portfolio; Dassault Systems creates the American Campus in Waltham, MA USA; Updated logo
- 2009 +1M licenses sold @ 34% commercial / 66% educational; Added Sustainability to portfolio, Updated product names
- 2008 Acquired Priware, incorporated CircuitWorks, Significant IU enhancements
- 2007 Jeff Ray as CEO; Acquired Seemage; Added 3DVIA Composer to portfolio
- 2006 Acquired Conisio, Added PDMWorks Enterprise to portfolio
- 2002 Added PDMWorks Workgroup to portfolio from Design Resource Technology, Inc
- 2001 John McEleney as CEO; +118k licenses sold, Acquired Structural Research and Analysis Corporation; Added Simulation to portfolio, Updated logo
- 1997 Acquired by Dassault Systems @ $310M
- 1995 Shipped first seat of SolidWorks; Headquarters in Concord, MA USA
- 1993 John Hirschtick as CEO; Founded in Waltham, MA USA dba Winchester Design Systems
As regards SolidWorks licenses, a notable statistic that stands out is the ever growing percentage of education license sales over commercial, currently at a 2.8:1 ratio.
Another is the software reaching the milestone of 2 million licenses sold. However, this statistic should not be construed as the actual number of current users as SolidWorks infers. It's simply the total number of licenses sold since 1995. A much better barometer of the health of SolidWorks is the number of licenses or seats sold each year, as this graph indicates.
The 2012 key figures delivered by Dassault Systemes indicate that within their total revenue of € 2,083.3M, SolidWorks software provided € 403.2M, or 19.3%. Generally speaking, SolidWorks has routinely contributed at around 20% over the years since being acquired by Dassault Systemes in 1997. So not much has changed there.
An clearer indication of momentum within SolidWorks is the employee headcount. While it has shown moderate increase over the years, in 2012 it jumped significantly from 848 to 1,015. One can only speculate as to what all that extra effort is going toward, but SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual would seem to be at least one reasonable choice.
In conclusion, the statistics indicate that SolidWorks continues to provide a viable tool that CAD consumers appreciate. Certainly, as technology and leadership shape SolidWorks from within, it seems well positioned within the framework of Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to continue pressing diligently toward their goal. A goal of gaining an ever increasing share as the CAD software of choice among the worldwide design community.
* data and information derived the Dassault Systemes Annual Report 2012 and SolidWorks Company Fact Sheets