MatrixOne is listed as a Solutions Partner on SolidWorks website for
PDM/ERP system. The software is called EMatrix. Anyone use this, or
know much about? I tried to find more info on MatrixOne site, but no
I've used it in my previous workplace with pro. Very powerfull but
expensive... I don't think it will suite for sw users, at least not
until they get 'gold' level status. Dassault is most likely to unite
matrixone with enovia under CAA V5 and then offer Catia to the customers
If you use lots of configurations and want a business object for each
configuration, it will not work.
We spent three years trying to implement it and ended up throwing away
Matrix is very expensive, very difficult to use and Matrix-One provides
horrible support. Maybe Dessault can fix some of this.
Is Matrix One integrated with SolidWorks? File checkin, checkout,
We have Smarteam, and currently are in the process of migrating to a
new package. Smarteam to was very expensive, lacking in support, and
Smarteam is also owned by Dessault and works similarily.
The core package is standard software then they have a number of
customized integrations programs that link the various CAD packages to
the core PLM programs. The integration is the weak point and the area
that the software people do not want to spend much time to improve.
As for the gold partner status, Matrix has not meet the gold partner
requirements numerous times, SolidWorks is aware of it, but nothing
I use Matrix with UG. The integration is identical to the Solidworks
integration which is to say that it's very weak. It's no easy or
apparent that other users are working on the same files and horrid CAD
integration interface makes for a very "uncollaborative" experience.
Basically, projects here don't get checked into the system till the
last minute and we work off network folders until the design is nearly
done. Not exactly how a PDM/PLM is suppossed to work.
Outside of that, the database is powerful but complex. It's basically a
blank slate inwhich you have to setup everything (Attributes, Objects,
relationships). The upside is it can configured to do just about
anything, the downside is it will take a lot of time and money to do
Matrix used to be a gold partner but lost that status. Probably
couldn't keep up with all their integrations and the fast release
cycles of CAD programs. Doesn't mean it won't work with newer versions
but that possibility exists. Smarteam is listed as a Gold Partner but I
often here about how it's not working "yet" with the latest SolidWorks
Matrix may fair better than Smarteam at some tasks but if you're
looking for something less complex and less expensive, then Matrix is
not the way to go.
Personally, after looking at numerous PDMs for SolidWorks, and almost
getting Matrix (Couldn't get upper managment to sign off), I would
elect to go with something smaller. A workgroup level PDM tied in to a
larger system is the way to go IMO. Something like DBWorks or PDM/Works
or one of the other smaller PDMs will have far more functionality for
the engineers and designers, can be implemented quickly, and can be
later tied into the big picture. You'll see a return on your investment
No hands-on experience with them, but I have talked to them at a
Regional User Conferance. I wasnt very impressed, since they didnt
even have a demo setup at the booth. The sales guy kept calling, even
though we told him we would contact them if we wanted more info. It
also didnt make our short list when we narrowed all of the PDM packages
We did not use Areana, but we took a very close look at it two years
Arena took a different direction from most other PLM packages. They
host the software for the users. The up front fees are lower and
implementation is easier, but yearly fees tend to be higher (maybe not
if you consider server costs).
Downsides: it is a BOM centric system, not great if you want to
manage projects instead of BOM's. Also the software is hosted so there
is little chance of customizing it.