We have been using Pro/E and now Creo for over 15 yrs. There is now some push from corporate for us to switch to CATIA. I need to get a list of reasons and advantages to stay with Pro/E and to not switch to CATIA. Hopefully some of you out there have experience with both and can speak to the differences between the two packages.
I have the most experience in Catia from all my years of modeling.
Unfortunately, I favor Catia over Pro. It has the powerful features of Pro E, but is much simpler to use. The only drawback I see from a company that has used Pro for that many years is the learning curve going to Catia. But I know that users will pick it up faster going to Pro to Catia than a Catia user would going to Pro.
I worked for a company that had used Unigraphics for 18 years when corporate decided that each operation division had to standardize on UG or Pro/E. The division I worked for was the only one that had both systems and most of the plants were on Pro/E. Also PTC had just cut a favorable licensing deal at corporate level. So, we switch, train 40+ users with 12-20 days each of Pro/E training and add Windchill PDMLink to manage the data. New products were designed on Wildfire, existing products were maintained in UG. 7 years after the switch started and 3 years after full training completed, corporate decides to sell the division. The purchasing company doesn't use UG or Pro/E but, you guessed it, CATIA V5. All the engineers were again retrained in CATIA. I had left the company after the implementation of Windchill and before the sale.