Isicad and upFront.eZine Organized “The Future of MCAD” Roundtable

Talking about the future of MCAD: which trends hold a place for our future? The nature and problems of the Russian MCAD market

Moscow, Russia, September 11, 2009 – Isicad, the first ever Web portal about the Russian Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) market, and upFront.eZine, weekly e-newsletter for all CAD users, today announced the successful conclusion of “The Future of MCAD” roundtable held in Moscow on September 8, 2009.

The roundtable was a part of Ralph Grabowski's visit to Russia. Mr Grabowski is a well-known Canadian expert on CAD, journalist and editor of the popular CAD publication upFront.eZine. He is traveling through Russia and visiting CAD software firms in St Petersburg, Moscow, and Novosibirsk. Mr Grabowski's aim is to gain insight into the Russian CAD market, describe its current state, and understand its future prospects.

The half-day roundtable took place on September 8, 2009 in Moscow at Sheraton Palace Hotel. Its 40 attendees represented all major CAD vendors operating in Russia: ASCON, Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, LEDAS, Nanosoft, NTP Truboprovod, POINT, PTC, PTS, SibCAD soft, Siemens PLM Software, Spatial, Top Systems. Reporters from CAD & Graphics, CADpoint, CRN, DMK-Press, PC Week also attended the event.

The roundtable began with Ralph Grabowski presenting a “Review of Today’s MCAD Market: Competitors, Classification, Sales Models, and Niches,” followed by discussion, and concluded with a press conference-style question and answer session. Participants discussed trends in MCAD software and hardware, international and national markets, and MCAD journalism.

Vladimir Malukh, Director of PLM Sales and Services, LEDAS Ltd., and co-moderator of the roundtable, explained: “Isicad organized several multivendor CAD/PLM forums in Russia, but this was the first time we met without users. It was very helpful for each of us to share the vision of the future of our industry and to recognize the current problems we have to solve together.

Russia has its own standards, which differ from DIN and ISO,” said Ralph Grabowski. “It has a strong set of home-grown CAD vendors eager to expand to the rest of the world facing CAD vendors from The West. The problems are fascinating; it will be even more fascinating to watch them being solved.

The text of Mr Grabowski speech and photos of the roundtable can be found at

About upFront.eZine

Launched in 1995, the upFront.eZine e-newsletter is your prime independent source of weekly business news and opinion for the computer-aided design (CAD) industry. This newsletter is delivered every Tuesday by email to 810,000 readers in 70 countries. Ralph Grabowski is editor at upFront.eZine Publishing, Ltd. Ralph is the author of over 100 books and several hundred magazine articles about computer-aided design.

About Isicad

Under the slogan “From Russia with PLM” the Isicad.Net web portal facilitates development and distribution of advanced PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and contiguous technologies (CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM), promotes research to form future PLM-solutions. Isicad.Net informs on the most noticeable events in PLM-related areas, covers important PLM-related news, and publishes conference proceedings.

Isicad.Ru is the leading CAD/PLM web-portal in Russian that publishes all relevant news, press releases, monthly digests, analytic papers and e-newsletter.

PLMpedia.Org (and its Russian version PLMpedia.Ru) is encyclopedic publication presenting focused, core information about PLM and ERP that form the basis of the information environment of a competitive manufacturing enterprise.

The Isicad project includes Isicad.Net, Isicad.Ru, PLMpedia.Org, PLMpedia.Ru and multivendor CAD/PLM isicad forums. All this actions are organized and supported by LEDAS Ltd.


LEDAS Ltd. is an independent software development company founded in 1999; it is based in Novosibirsk Scientific Centre (Akademgorodok), Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science. A leader in constraint-based technologies, LEDAS is a well-known provider of computational software components for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions: geometric constraint solvers for CAD/CAM/CAE, optimization engines for project management, work scheduling and meeting planning as well as interval technologies for knowledge-based engineering and collaborative design. The company also provides services for PLM markets: software development, consulting, reselling as well as education and training. More information about LEDAS is available at

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