First off, want to compliment you on MCAD Cafe and also your weekly commentary on some given news release. I find your analysis balanced and insightful, often as insigthful or more so then some of the industry analysts, of which I was one.
Now I am with Dassault Systemes and read your most recent write-up on UGS''s Velocity. While this is a good move by UGS (they have long ignored their SolidEdge suite), it is hardly unique. DS with partner IBM has been going to market for a few years now with solution suites to address the SMB market. In fact, I would argue that our solutions are even more well-suited for the mid-market for we have structured them to address specific vertical market needs, thereby greatly simplifying deployment and service costs. These solutions (PLM Express) are built with CATIA and SMARTEAM, as well as IBM Middleware, and can readily scale as the business grows (there is no top-end wherein they may grow out of the solution''s capabilities).
Again, I applaud the service you provide to the industry and look forward to your future musings. However, would encourage you to contact some of the competitors to get their input after such announcements as this to get the complete market story.
All the best,
Director Industry Analyst Relations