Monday, April 02, 2007

O-Matrix sales shake-up

Developers Harmonic Software have decided to give up selling their product, and will have someone else do it for them. Exclusive world wide distribution rights have been granted to TecPlot.

Lots of software companies choose to use partners to distribute in fields our regions outside of their expertise, but it is a bold decision to hand over the entire world.

TecPlot certainly seem a competent outfit, but the problem is that the product is a bit too close to their own. Just looking at the front page of www.tecplot.com at the side-by-side listing of products finds that O-Matrix is for "analyzing data, creating simulations, visualizing results" while TecPlot 360 is "Simulation Visualization Software... analyze and explore complex datasets, arrange multiple XY, 2D and 3D plots...".

It is pretty hard to imagine TecPlot will push O-Matrix too hard against their own products.

It looks like it is not good news for the customers either. As far as I can tell O-Matrix has jumped in price from $365 (as listed at www.sciencesoftware.com) to $950 on the TecPlot site. The developer kit from $420 to $2500.


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