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Siemens Thinks Big for Small Businesses

Siemens has just released a new option for its customers interested in its Solid Edge computer-aided design (CAD) solution. Beginning today, consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan can purchase a monthly subscription to Solid Edge instead of being locked in for an extended period of time.

“The additional flexibility to access the software via a subscription model will provide added benefit to customers focused on maintaining low operating costs,” said Dr. Ken Versprille, Executive Consultant at CIMdata. 

The new monthly subscription allows businesses to select from four options based on their specific business needs. These diverse versions of the software include Design and Drafting, Foundation, Classic, and Premium, each one with different features and pricing.

Businesses with very modest needs can select the Design and Drafting version, which is priced at $130 a month. The prices increase for each of the other three selections as the features included increase as well. Per month, Foundation costs $220, Classic $260, and the Premium version will take $350 out of your pocket.

“Unlike other subscription models, subscribers to Solid Edge will not be locked-in to an extended usage period. Siemens PLM Software now offers its B2B-customers the most flexible way to access the professional CAD software they need to solve their engineering problems,” said Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mainstream Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “The software will be accessible to a much wider audience, regardless of their business size or budget.”

This new option is excellent for smaller businesses that cannot afford a large, upfront investment in a standard license. For some companies, prices can range anywhere from around $4,000 to $14,000 for a single user license, which bars many businesses of taking advantage of the traditional software offering. Charging per month will broaden the range of businesses using the software and will assist many businesses in their design endeavors as well.

“We recently started using the new subscription license model. The flexibility has allowed us to expand our engineering resources while managing cash flow,” said Oliver Kuttner, CEO of Edison2, one of a small group of customers provided with early access. “We’ve been able to accelerate our production process by making Solid Edge available to one of our machinists for editing designed parts. In addition, we could affordably provide professional CAD software to a short-term intern, or enhance collaboration with our vendors, because now it is more feasible for them to work with the same software that we use during the course of our project.”

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