which Creo Versions are you using? Do you stay on long term Track 4.0 -> 7.0 or are you on 5.0 or 6.0 although they only offer 1 year of support?
We are on 4.0 and thinking about waiting for 7.0.
Does PTC offer any statistics from their performance advisor?
The ability to move to another version is a function of the number of seats of the install. In short, the larger you are the slower you are to move.
Most large corporations are going with the "enterprise" releases (every 3 years). Often times there is regression testing that is specific to those companies that needs to happen to ensure that production doesn't come to a grinding halt.
hm yes I assumed this. we have about 300 seats. And yearly switch would be possible, but not really to best option - at least form IT perspective...
So I'd be interested in some other concrete examples.
I think a number of large organizations are NOT planning to follow the "enterprise" model. Too many issues with PTC being unable to backport some new functionality, vendors jumping to the in between versions meaning we couldn't open their files, paying big bucks on maintenance but not being able to access all new functionality.
Simulate live is in Creo 4 M090 but that is a major functionality update that they were able to backport but there are smaller features/improvements that they won't be backporting or something that changes the file structure like solid bodies that simply can't be backported. There was an excellent presentation by Matt Burr at Liveworx about how he has flipped this so that he could cut down his testing but keep the confidence that it wouldn't come back to bite him. He has cut down his test regimen to eliminate the basic things that simply couldn't have gotten past PTC and effectively get tested in his more advanced tests.
We are in Creo 4.0 and we are planning to have a Creo 6.0 offer for specifics users that remain in Inventor and we want to include them in our standard CAD offer, however we have the same concern about the support for the minor updates and we are still under discussion about to move our 2600 designers to Creo 6.0 or wait until Creo 7.0.