CAD SaaS (software as a service)

There have been big buzz word SaaS in software business. One of the leading SaaS provider is SalesForce - CRM system.

Despite the big buzz, there have not been many mentions according to CAD and SaaS. One big factor is that one of the SaaS criteria is that software needs to be online but there arent many CAD software who can do it.

So I decided to check the subject and gathered together some links about the Cad and SaaS topic.
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I think what is more interesting than software subscription is software as a service (SaaS). Done right, it can have real benefits for users, particularly in shifting maintenance and procurement costs to vendors, and in converting front-ended loaded overhead costs into scalable variable costs. Yet, I don’t know that any of today’s major CAD vendors are anywhere near the point of being able to deliver serious SaaS solutions. And I don’t know that the current SaaS platform vendors are anywhere near providing the kind of capabilities demanded by such solutions.

* ShareCAD Offers CAD file management through SaaS model

* SaaS the Killer App for the CAD Industry?

With these two major issues addressed, the SaaS model for vendors to host CAD services could provide a great opportunity to grow their business and reduce maintenance and support costs. Vendors could gain a more intimate understanding of their customer’s utilization, needs, and priorities on a daily rather than monthly or quarterly basis, thus cementing a relationship between user and vendor, making it much harder for competitors to unseat the current vendor than what proprietary standards provide

* AfterCAD Joins the SaaS Movement

reviously, AfterCAD InSite was licensed for roughly $1,995. Under the new plan, subscribers can access the software from a standard browser and use its viewing, markup, and collaboration features for as little as $39.95 a month.

So to sum up I can see definitely movement around the term SaaS in CAD world. There are first early birds and I believe that gigants like PTC, Dessault will also make some steps very soon. And aslo I pumped to many phorums where entrepreneurs were looking VC money to develope CAD software with SaaS model, so hopefully we will see some new innovative solutions soon.

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  • Michael Dondelewski

    I found SaaS software vendor by accident and I love it.
    I pay an annual fee and I get access and updates for my specific application without paying costly “maintenance fees” other software manufacturers charge.
    With respect to so called maintenance fees I must say it is a rip-off.
    For an example: you just purchased a version of Solidworks spending several thousand dollars for it.
    In addition you are asked to spend another $1250 as a maintenance fee for the privilege of getting “hotfixes” manufacturer of this software must do when they find problems with it.
    My question:
    Why do we, customers must pay extra fee?
    In my opinion if given software needs repairs, such hotfixes should be made available to anyone legally using that software.
    If I choose not to purchase “maintenance” I am stuck with software service pack current at the time of purchase. If this software is full of bugs and becomes unstable,though luck manufacturer says you are stuck with it.
    I do not see how and why software producers get away with it.
    I think we need to open this can of worms.
    Anyone wishes to comment on this subject?