Success should be celebrated – and on Thursday, March 11th, Onshape did just that by holding their first-ever user conference: Onshape Live ‘21. For an audience of Onshape users, students & educators, channel partners, user groups, analysts & media, application partners and Onshape employees, Jim Heppelmann, CEO and president of PTC, and Jon Hirschtick EVP, General Manager, Onshape and Atlas at PTC, provided insight into Onshape’s success, reviewed major milestones since its acquisition by PTC in 2019, and included some exciting future-facing potential.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the benefits of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) CAD environment very clear. Heppelmann noted that when businesses and schools sent employees and students home, Onshape allowed users to continue their CAD projects seamlessly. Collaboration on projects in a remote environment sounds like a difficult task, but with Onshape, all users are able to access all of the functionality and latest data across devices. In the education space, Onshape is maintaining momentum for valuable STEM programs and competitions.
Onshape came to PTC as a best-in-class SaaS product development platform, and PTC is committed to embracing the power of SaaS to deliver innovative, cutting-edge solutions to customers. Heppelmann outlined the key areas where PTC is investing in Onshape:
Onshape is also helping PTC accelerate its SaaS capabilities across PTC Atlas, a platform of powerful core services that can be used to power many applications. Three products are now shipping on PTC Atlas: Onshape, Vuforia Expert Capture, and Creo Generative Design Extension (GDX).
“This is all part of a bigger story we’re watching unfold. We are the early pioneers of something much bigger than next-gen CAD,” said Heppelmann. “It’s the dawn of a disruptive new approach to product development.”
Heppelmann previously has referred to Onshape as an “electric vehicle” compared to hardware-bound CAD products as a regular vehicle; however, at Onshape Live he noted this view is limited. Now, the product development field has reached the tipping point of SaaS adoption and the momentum is “unstoppable.”
Onshape has disruption power – allowing the user to design when and where they want – not tied to ownership, updates, and install of software across company systems. This frictionless process allows Onshape to be used anywhere, anytime, and, Heppelmann predicts, will fundamentally change the way people and teams collaborate on ideas and products.
SaaS CAD is as much of a disruptive pattern to the design process as Airbnb, Venmo, and Amazon are to their respective industries, Heppelmann said. Examples of Onshape’s disruption pattern are clear: from education, where students can work on projects across platforms and school-issued devices, to PPE manufacturers working in real-time remotely across projects in the race against time to save lives during the early days of the pandemic.
The day’s keynote session continued with powerful insights from Jon Hirschtick, EVP & General Manager, Onshape and Atlas at PTC.
“Onshape Live 2021 is not only a celebration of the strength of the software, but also a celebration of the community (of Onshape users),” Hirschtick said. He pointed out further dimensions of Onshape’s progress, which include:
As a result of these dimensions of progress, Onshape is poised for an even better 2021. The future looks to bring:
Hirschtick closed by noting Onshape is still at the beginning of the journey – “the benefits and successes for our customers, partners and education ecosystem can only go up.”
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