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Monday, 11 June 2012

As you may have understood, we really believe in the benefits of social networks. Because Facebook, Twitter or YouTube are not all about fun but also business, we've been there for a while now. These channels offer a unique opportunity for us and our partners to show what we do and demonstrate the value brought by our respective solutions. Thanks to social networks, we have never been so close to our customers, offering the possibility to source their inputs and share our knowledge.

As of today, more than the half of the PLM MarketPlace Partners are present on YouTube, Facebook, you name it... Below you will find a list of their respective pages. We tried to make it as comprehensive as possible but we may have missed something, so don't hesitate to add your inputs in the comments!

ATI  

CD-adapco   

Cenit 

Coastal Logic 

Creaform   

DCS 

DPS  

Elsys

ESI-Group  

Forcefive

Geometric Ltd   

Golaem   

LMS

Noomeo 

Optis 

Samtech 

Theorem Solutions  

Transcat  

TraceParts  

Today, corporate websites are not the unique source of information anymore. This is something we really have to bear in mind. Social networks are a huge source of information, knowledge and experience sharing. There is a lot of value in them. And, most important, we, the users, are at the centre of it. 

Are you active on our partners' social networks? Tell us what are the benefits to get from it! On the opposite, maybe you are part of the people who do not see the benefits of it, we'd be happy to know why!

This post aims at being the "official" page listing our Partners' social networks so bookmark it and visit it regularly since we really believe the list will get longer and longer over the time!

Anthony
Monday, 11 June 2012 13:58:57 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Wednesday, 08 June 2011

When we launched the PLM MarketPlace LinkedIn group in November 2008, we must confess that there were many "what if..." coming along: what if nobody comes? what if people publicly complain about a product? what if discussions are off topic? what if... what if... what if...
Finally we decided to go and, looking backward, we think it was a wise choice since we have just reached the 2000 members milestone!

People from all over the world, with different PLM related jobs (designers, engineers, purchasers, analysts, students,...), are part of this group. They work for big, medium and small businesses. They are beginners or senior PLM users. 

These 2000+ people ask questions about our Partners' solutions. Some of them answer the questions. Others submit an interesting news about PLM. One can offer a job while the other will be looking for a new job. We've got prospects looking for a solution that will help them solve a complex problem too.
In a nutshell, there is food for thought and discussion in this group!

We asked you two months ago what do you expect from a business LinkedIn group and the results are quite interesting, see:
- Get in touch with people having the same interest(s): 31%
- Increase your knowledge about best practices: 24%
- Detect business opportunities: 14%
- Find job opportunities: 10%
All these topics are addressed by the PLM MarketPlace LinkedIn group. This is why we encourage you to join and participate! There is one simple rule with social networks: to receive, you have to give. So, don't hesitate to join discussions, ask questions, share ideas/content with the community of PLM professionals.

On the other hand, it would be interesting for us to know why you are not member of such a group and/or why you are not "active" (meaning that you don't interact in the discussions)?

What if we'd have had to decide today to launch a PLM MarketPlace LinkedIn group? We would have done it, for sure!

The PLM MarketPlace Team
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 11:24:57 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Thursday, 18 June 2009

As you may know, I’m here at the PLM Forum in Manheim, Germany to represent the PLM MarketPlace.

Yesterday, I was exchanging on our “online shopping” experiences with a few colleagues from DS and some of our Partners. It appeared to me that online shopping is not “natural” for everybody, maybe because I’m a “digital native” as Jacques says! As we were talking, the discussion came to the PLM MarketPlace and some people asked me how it is possible today to sell PLM software online?

Well, my answer was simple: “we do it like eBay or Amazon sell books, CDs, DVD,…”. As a matter of fact, it is not 100% true, of course! PLM is much more complex than the latest book of Tom Clancy. But if we focus on the online shopping process, this is exactly the same!

Have a look at this video to see how Amazon and PLM MarketPlace are close:

See the similarities?:
- Intuitive search
- Product data sheets
- Add to cart button
- Check out
- Contact form

Only five key and quick steps to get the most appropriate product! Of course, the purpose of PLM MarketPlace is not to allow you to pay online but to find a solution you need and then to be assisted by a VAR to get an appropriate price and the knowledge to implement and use it. Connecting Partners in fact!

So, in a nutshell, as I told to my folks yesterday: “PLM MarketPlace is a kind of Amazon for PLM”: browse, find, be contacted, buy!

Ready to shop?

Anthony

Thursday, 18 June 2009 18:33:30 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Friday, 26 September 2008



PLM requirements of our customers are fullfilled by 400+ highly sophisticated solutions (provided by DS), as well as 400+ complementary applications (provided by our Software Partners). This is nice for major accounts, but sometimes represents too many possibilities for the Small and medium Business. This is why DS developped CATIA PLM Express and DELMIA PLM Express to make decisions easy in this segment, and simplify VARs Sales Reps' lives when providing packaging advices to customers.

On PLM MarketPlace, customers can browse today 130 customized solutions provided by 25 referenced partners. So we wanted to have a similar approach to simplify the process of selection, because some partner products are sometimes completely unknown by their potential buyers. This is why we have redesign the discovery experience and implemented a visual and intuitive search engine based on user industries and roles such as Style, Manufacturer or Robotics Planner. With this natural approach customers will discover our catalog without having any pre-existing knowledge of referenced products, and we'll capitalize on our Industry and PLM Express visuals. Of course, customers may still search by keywords, referenced partner / product or domain / sub-domain.

Customers are getting easy access to detailed information (as on our corporate website), but on PLM MarketPlace the benefit for you VARs is that we are pushing them to give contact informations in order to generate leads for partner products.

Any comments on this new catalog discovery?

Jacques

Friday, 26 September 2008 18:24:20 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

Tuesday, 23 September 2008


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This week your PLM MarketPlace team is at a major e-commerce event hold in Paris. This is quite new at Dassault-Systemes, but it is starting to be a very popular event among our Marketing & Sales Community.

In such event we are grabbing best-practices about e-business that will have direct impact on our website's business performance. Based on such approaches we have continuously redesigned our website in order to be better found by search engines and to generate traffic to our showcase. We have also started to extend our cross-linking program to the VAR community and published part of our catalog to be discovered by final customers. At this point, prices and other sensitive information remain confidential, available only to you VARs in this private section.

The direct impact for the VAR community in terms of business is that we now have a public catalog where prospects can request a quote. When doing this, customers give their full identity which is then managed by us as a lead provided to both Referenced Partners and you VARs.
More to come

Jacques

Tuesday, 23 September 2008 18:16:45 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 

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