Autodesk and Motiva to Collaborate for PDM
Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) and Motiva (San Diego) are combining efforts to create a new product data management (PDM) product for Autodesk customers. Autodesk will provide multi-million dollar funding to help Motiva produce its DesignGroup product data management software, and has transferred its WorkCenter intellectual property to Motiva to help protect existing WorkCenter customers. The product, scheduled for release later this year, will integrate Motiva's data management software with Autodesk's AutoCad Release 14 and Mechanical Desktop Version 2.0 software. The deal came about as a result of AutoCad customers' demand for data management solution to help design groups reduce cycle time and improve time to market, according to Dominic Gallello, VP of Autodesk's Mechanical Market Group. The new product will provide scalability, extensibility, and Internet and intranet support "all qualities our customers have specifically requested," he said. Bruce Carothers, founder of Motiva, says that historically CAD data management products have focused on the design team without addressing other data types; the combination of Autodesk's CAD history and Motiva's data management experience "make this partnership an ideal match."