One month ago in "Team of CAPP VERTICAL Left ASCON to Implement HORIZONTAL" I wrote about a small sensation at the Russian CAD/PLM market: a team of ASCON's CAPP solution known as VERTICAL left ASCON and founded a new company called SDI Solution.
That post in particular said: "The founders of SDI Solution headed by Andrey Andrichenko, Ph.D., are going to intensively build a new CAPP system. They declared that its principles are reflected by the new company name: SDI means semantic data integration. Andrey says that all CADs are basically expert systems therefore a new trend is to change object approach by a semantic paradigm: this mainstream opens new capabilities for knowledge representation and for improvement of decision making in the CAD domain... SDI Solution announced that they have already negotiated (or will have such contacts) on a partnership with Autodesk, DS, and other global leaders".
And now, last week, Autodesk CIS distributed an official press-release "Autodesk and SDI Solution Signed Agreement On the ADN Partnership". It says that because of the strategic partnership in the framework of Autodesk Development Network, a Russian company SDI Solution will be able to early start integration of its solutions with Inventor и Vault and release SDI solutions into the market simultaneously with releases of new versions of the Autodesk products.
There are comments saying that ADN membership does not assume any mutual responsibility of partners and does not invest anything to its members but, on the contrary, requires paying some membership fee. However Autodesk press-release is a significant advertizing signal which is obviously important for SDI Solution. And perhaps it also means something for Autodesk.