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Friday, July 20, 2012

Solid Edge ST5 released to manufacturing!

As a follow-up to our Lunch Bytes session today, we wanted to ensure our customers and all Solid Edge Users know that Solid Edge ST5 has released to manufacturing. Solid Edge ST5, English will be available for download from the week of July 22nd or shortly after customer license files are available. Additional languages will be posted for download as they become available. 

Shipments will begin in early August and will complete in September. 

To see the Best Tools and What's New in Solid Edge ST5 - Check out the replay below of our Solid Edge Lunch Bytes: What's New in ST5 (Part 1). Features being shown in the first video of our ST5 Lunch Bytes series include live rules, bounded surfaces, round edit behavior, threads, SM dimension to bends, multi body, and dimensions.

Click here to register for What's New in ST5 (Part 2) taking place on August 16, 2012 from 12:30PM - 1:00PM EST hosted by Ally PLM Application Engineer Ben Weisenberger.

Gina Yeagley
Marketing Director
Ally PLM Solutions, Inc.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

What you don't read might kill your company

I grew up in small town in the western part of the US.  During Junior High, we had 1 hour lunch period, which left just enough time to walk to the local hamburger stand, grab some food and get back in time for afternoon classes.  On occasion, we would skip lunch and just hang out in some of the stores along Main Street.

Being young and foolish, my friends and I thought it would be cool to go into one of the stores, slip a candy bar into our coat pocket and leave without paying. We thought this would get us a free candy bar.  What it did lead to was explaining our mistake to our parents as well as the local Judge.  Neither of them thought it was very cool. I don’t remember the amends required within the legal system.  However, my parents did not shy away from real punishment.  Rather than a hand, a paddle or a belt, my parents kept a razor strap hung behind the kitchen door. I remember they used it on this occasion.

Over the course of my professional career, I have worked with a few companies that have violated Software License Agreements.  The items below will help you understand these agreements and avoid violating them as well as the embarrassment, fines and penalties that go with such violations. Working with companies who violate these agreements, we pick our terms carefully.  We talk about being in violation of the license agreement; we call it a compliance issue and sometimes call it piracy.   We hesitate to call it stealing. When I stood in front of my parents, the judge and even the storeowners, they referred to my crime as shoplifting.  This sounded better than stealing; although we all knew my friends and I were a 13-year-old thieves.

Whether we call it compliance, piracy, or something else, when you use software without a legal license you are stealing from the company who created the software. I am not a lawyer and claim no legal knowledge.   As outlined in the confession above, I do have some minimal experience, though many years ago, as a thief.

Here are ten things you should know about your software license agreement.  I use the Siemens agreements for Solid Edge, NX, FEMAP, to create this list.  However, these are similar to most software agreements for similar products.

1)     Read and understand the agreement.   With some products, (NX/Unigraphics and Teamcenter) this is a written document signed during the purchase process.  With others (Solid Edge and FEMAP), this is an on-line agreement you accept when you install the software.  Once you install the software, the license agreement is legally binding.    The agreement is the final definition of your terms of ownership and use.

2)     You buy a license, not the software.  You don’t buy software and thus don’t actually own software.  You purchase a License to use the software under the terms outlined in the agreement. Software is protected under copyright and other similar laws and remains the property of Siemens PLM Software. 

3)     Only you can use the software.  If purchased by an individual, you can use the software.  If You are a company, your employees can use the software.   A contractor located at your facility can also use it.  A contractor not at your facility cannot use it.  No other company can use it – not even another company you own or a subsidiary of your company.

4)     Where can you use it?  You purchase the license in a Territory – this is typically a country.   You can use it within that country and not outside that country.  There are global licenses for some products, but these are very rare and have extra agreements, higher costs, minimum purchases and other additional terms.

5)     The license is non-transferrable.  You cannot re-distribute the license in any way.  You cannot sell it, give it away, loan it, etc.  Even if your company is acquired, the license is not transferred without the agreement of the owner of the software.

6)     You cannot analyze the software for any purpose competitive to Siemens PLM Software.  If you conduct benchmarks or tests with the software, the results of those tests are the confidential information of Siemens and you cannot publish them or reveal them to any third party.

7)     There are special terms in the agreement covering Student Licenses, Academic Licenses, Trial Licenses, etc.  Using this software for any commercial purpose (anything you are paid for), violates the agreement.  A non-student using a student version is also illegal.

8)     Compliance with the agreement.  The vendor reserves two right s relating to compliance with this agreement: a) they can embed mechanisms into the software to monitor compliance with the license agreement;  b)  you agree cooperate with any investigation into the violation of the agreement including access to your facility, your computers, etc.

9)     Home use Licenses – Solid Edge (and only Solid Edge) provides a home use license.  This allows a person who uses the software 80% of the time at work, to have a copy on a home computer or laptop.  Only this individual is authorized to use the home use license.  No-one else inside our outside your company can use this license. 

10)  Maintenance Services – the agreement outlines the services provided as part of your maintenance agreement.  You should review these terms as well. Violation of the license agreement (software piracy) is a significant business issue for software vendors.  The Business Software Alliance tracks and prosecutes software piracy.  They report over $63 Billion worth of software was pirated (stolen) in 2011. BSA estimates that 24% of software used in developed countries (42% worldwide) is obtained illegally. Software Piracy is theft.  In legal terms, it is copyright infringement.  It carries criminal fines up to $250,000 and 5 years in prison as well as civil penalties up to $150,000 per infringement.    Multiple infringements mean multiple penalties.

To learn more about software piracy, you can visit the BSA www site at
If you have a specific situation, you would like to discuss or if you think you might be in violation of your agreement, give me a call or drop me an e-mail.  We can discuss it while we share a legally-purchased candy bar.

Don’t wait for the Piracy Police to knock on your door.  The fines, penalties and jail time could kill your business.

Kim Corbridge
Director of Corporate Sales

Friday, July 13, 2012

Over $425 million in software gifted to WVU by Siemens PLM Software

Students at West Virginia University in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will now be utilizing the same Product Lifecycle Management Software that is used by world-wide leading companies. This is possible thanks to a generous grant from the Siemens PLM (GO PLM™ Initiative). This program is designed to bring PLM technology to nearly 11,000 institutions reaching more than one million students. PLM will be practiced at all levels of these institutions - from grade school all the way to graduate level engineering and research. This grant will benefit over 700 students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and Electrical EngineeringThe range of software includes Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ software for integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering, and Solid Edge® software, a complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system for the mainstream market.

From Siemens PLM Senior Director of Parnet Strategy - Bill Boswell - “As product complexity continues to grow, students who are able to use PLM technology are expected to be highly recruited. We are honored to have WVU listed among our prestigious partners to assist in building the next generation of engineers and support manufacturing revitalization efforts across the country.” The software being integrated includes popular add on applications that are used by some of the largest companies in many different industries around the world. More than half of Industry Week's listed manufacturing companies use Siemens PLM Software - and 80% of automotive, aerospace, machinery, and high-tech companies use the software

WVU can be added the list of highly nationally-accredited institutions using Siemens PLM Software such as Massachusets Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Tech, and Auburn University“In-kind gifts are crucial to the advancement of WVU’s academic programs and the students. The importance of in-kind giving, especially software, is ever increasing. Students must be able to gain hands-on experience with the resources used in their future careers. Software of this magnitude is cost prohibitive for WVU to purchase, yet it is essential to expose students to this critical component in their education," said Wayne King - President and CEO of the WVU Foundation."

Marketing Director

Monday, July 2, 2012

Ally PLM Welcomes Dan Morgan as Regional Sales Manager

Dan Morgan - Regional Sales Manager
 at Ally PLM Solutions
Moving forward in the growth and future of our business, Ally PLM welcomes Dan Morgan as our Regional Sales Manager.  As the Regional Sales Manager, Dan will be coordinating all sales, service, and support to both new and existing customers in Pennsylvania, Northeastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.  With a very strong technical and IT concentrated career, he is a valuable asset to help improve product design and delivery processes for your firm. Dan views himself as being very customer oriented and enjoys helping customers solve problems.

Dan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  He has been in the Pittsburgh area for all but about 15 years during which he resided in the Midwest and then in New Jersey.  He graduated from Penn State University in 1979 with a degree in Economics. In the early 1980s, Dan began his career in industrial ceramics.  Dan has spent the past 18 years in the Engineering Software field with strong focus on CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering), FEA (Finite Element Analysis), and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) in addition to working with CAD/CAM/PLM products.  He has worked for both software VARs (Value Added Resellers) and manufacturers throughout majority of his career.

Alongside his technical sales and support roles, Dan also had his own business where he bought and sold collectible postage stamps to collectors.  Dan enjoys bicycling and watching football in his spare time.  Dan supports his favorite football teams - The Penn State Nittany Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.  We hope you all join us at AllyPLM in welcoming Dan to our staff.

Gina Yeagley
Marketing Director
Ally PLM Solutions