CAD software available on a software-as-a-service basis

Paul Boughton

Ascon Group and Cloud IT are now offering the mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) software package Kompas-3D on a SaaS (software as a service) basis, currently on the territory of Russia and CIS countries, but shortly in other regions too.
The key benefits of CAD software acquired and used on this basis are:
* No need to install the software at customer workplaces
* High productivity at any equipment
* Complete independence from any software platform
* Absolute mobility
* Opportunity to use just required applications in any quantity
* Considerable savings in IT costs at the enterprise
* Ability to use software in virtual offices
* Participation in temporary projects without permanent investments
* Opportunity to migrate to alternative operating systems
Today a wide range of standard office applications are available on a SaaS basis, including mail services and security. However, the availability of high-end software has been extremely limited. Now Cloud IT, acting as the service provider, is working with CAD developer and integrator Ascon Group with the aim of offering access to CAD on a SaaS basis.
Oleg Zykov, Ascon's innovations projects manager, comments: "From an IT specialist's point of view we do not offer anything unique - all the technologies are well known. We just put them together and gave a new value for the customers. It was impossible yesterday to buy CAD for a two-month term for a temporary project, or to install Kompas on a PC with Linux and work with CAD data on an iPad during a business trip. But now all of these abilities come true."
Ascon products are deployed on a Cloud IT server, which will interact with users of the service. CEO of Cloud IT, Igor Gonebniy, comments on the conditions and perspectives for the co-operation: "Our aim at the project is to provide the platform for the software developer, support them with all the necessary services, security and billing. At our capacity will be deployed more than ten different configurations of Kompas-3D and it will be possible to pay for them monthly."
From 1 October 2010 the service is available in Russia and CIS countries, but the ability to purchase Kompas software on a SaaS basis for international users is coming soon.
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