And as I was assured, the strategic alliance with PTC means not only a continuation of work with the familiar solutions already in use, but also an expansion in due course with other components from the provider’s portfolio: “We are currently reviewing PTC’s product portfolio and will make decisions about future software after this analysis,” was the general response to my specific question as to whether Onshape would also be among solutions used in the future.
The future at Schaeffler in terms of on-premises and cloud? “The general trend is towards SaaS, we will also follow this in many cases.”
Schaeffler is probably not alone in this assessment. And it is precisely this trend, which does not even stop at small and medium-sized companies, that might lead to an even stronger preference for standard software “out of the box” in the coming years. The more the focus is on the solution currently available via the cloud, the less sense it will make to maintain company-specific adjustments, which cannot keep pace with the development of the standard in the cloud.