Are CAD/CAM maintenance fees too high?

From: Matt Brennan <>
Date: Tue Feb 03 2004 - 03:27:07 EET

Large customers of enterprise resource planning software are balking at high fees for
maintenance and upgrades. Will CAD/CAM users revolt too? In an article titled,
"Customers push back," we analyze what makers of CAD/CAM, PDM, and
engineering-analysis software need to do to avoid the fate of the ERP vendors.

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