Global software partnership between ABB and Dassault Systèmes


ABB and Dassault Systèmes announce that they want to offer a common software solution portfolio. Following Rockwell's financial participation in PTC and PTC's strategic partnership with GE, following the acquisition of Unigraphics and Mentor Graphics by Siemens, another strong partnership of automation and industrial software vendors.

ABB has been offering ABB Ability software solutions to many customers across a range of industries since 2017, further automating their production and operation of connected products and plants. Dassault Systèmes has an offering that supports the development and operation of digitally connected systems with the 3DExperience platform. Now ABB's products and services will be complemented by digital twins using the 3DExperience platform.

The joint solutions will be gradually rolled out. The first industries mentioned are factory automation and robotics, automation of the process industry and smart buildings, according to the press release. The first solutions will be shown at the Hannover Fair. More concrete information on what the common solution will consist of was not made.

The press release quotes both Ulrich Spießhofer, CEO of ABB, and Bernard Charles, CEO of Dassault Systèmes. So it's not just a new partnership. It has strategic weight.

Be it a company takeover, relevant financial participation or strategic agreement, a trend is emerging: For the digitalization of the industry and its Internet of Things, the providers of industry software especially for engineering and the manufacturers of robotics and automation, are coming closer together. The digitally connected systems that are now needed can only be developed, manufactured and economically operated with comprehensive solutions. PLM is also playing an increasingly important role for automation providers. And so does the cloud for industry platforms. It would not be surprising if the new partnership also results in a new industry cloud platform.

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