Dassault Systèmes was established in 1981, starting with a focus on CAD and aerospace projects.  In the decades since, we’ve grown to become a global leader in sustainable innovation, with 13 brands spanning the product development cycle serving over 300,000 companies of all sizes and industries.

40+ Years of Innovation and Success

Since 1981 we have helped thousands of manufacturers reinvent their development and production methods to enable sustainable innovation and catalyze the modern world’s greatest industrial transformations. Two generations of innovators at Dassault Systèmes have revealed the power of virtual worlds to imagine and create disruptive innovations, and to empower businesses to realize their greatest ambitions.

Our Story Through the Years

From 3D design to 3D experiences, Dassault Systèmes has transformed the way products are designed, simulated and produced across industries. Having started with virtual twins of things – planes, cars, factories, cities – we now extend this capability to living organisms, including human beings. We’re a little more than 40 years in, but we’re just getting started.


Creation of Dassault Systèmes > Dassault Systèmes
YEAR 1981 –

Creation of Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes is established to design products in three dimensions, through the spin‑off by a team of engineers from Dassault Aviation; the initial goal is to address the aerospace industry’s need for more sophisticated drafting tools to streamline the development process and aid in the increasing complexity of aviation design.

YEAR 1981 –


Dassault Systèmes’ flagship brand, CATIA, is released to provide multi-platform software for computer-aided design (CAD), manufacturing, computer-aided engineering (CAE), 3D modeling and product lifecycle management (PLM), initially for the aerospace and automotive industries.

CATIA V1 > Dassault Systèmes
YEAR 1981 –

Agreement with IBM

Signed worldwide marketing, sales and support agreement with IBM; the beginning of a long‑standing partnership.

CATIA V3 > Dassault Systèmes
YEAR 1986 –


Launch of CATIA Version 3, with CAE functionality on UNIX and mainframe platforms.


40 talents to celebrate 40 years of Dassault Systèmes

2021 marked the 40th anniversary of Dassault Systèmes’ founding. In addition to being talented in their professional lives, we have many employees with artistic skills that they showed off during a company-wide event.

40th anniversary of Dassault Systèmes

The Great Show

To kick off our 40 year anniversary celebration, Dassault Systemes hosted The Great Show featuring talented employees from around the world.

Our Latest Acquisitions

We are a growing company! To quickly fulfill our purpose of harmonizing product, nature and life, we have acquired many firms to advance our offerings and add people who share our vision for transforming industry.


Medidata Solutions

Adds clinical expertise & cloud solutions forsmarter development and commercialization of drugs & treatments. Improves how clinical research is designed, conducted & analyzed. Positions Dassault Systèmes’ lead the digital transformation in healthcare.

Acquisition of No Magic

No Magic

Strengthens the CATIA portfolio for model‑based systems engineering, architecture modeling for software, system of systems & enterprise business processes modeling. Allows users to implement continuous 3D digital processes & address all lifecycle aspects.

Acquisition of Majority Stake in Outscale

Acquisition of Majority Stake in Outscale

Dassault Systèmes strengthens its position as one of the fastest growing cloud companies.

Our Leadership Team

Dassault Systèmes is led by an inspiring group of executives who are committed to execute our long-term vision of driving sustainable innovation to address the world's greatest challenges.

Be a Part of Our Team

Do you have big dreams? Do you enjoy a challenge? Do you want to unleash your imagination and creativity? Join us to open new possibilities together through the power of virtual universes!