A well-recognized analyst and trusted voice in engineering software today, Brad Holtz’ incisive views on CAD and related applications are based on a keen understanding of new technologies and years of careful observation of their impact on design, engineering, architecture, and manufacturing.
“Brad Holtz's knowledge and intuition regarding the financial aspects of the CAD industry are almost spookily profound and prescient. It's not just that he's been around for a long time; there are other analyst/consultants whose tenure is longer. It's his quickness of thought and his ability to perceive patterns long before they are visible to anyone else,” comments Dr. Joel Orr, Cyon Research’s VP and Chief Visionary.
Holtz’s insights have made him a highly-valued advisor to the financial world and to industry executives. In addition to the investment and legal communities, his customers have included: Adobe, Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Dewberry, EDS, Gensler, Hewlett-Packard, Intergraph, Kaiser Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Mobil Oil, Océ-USA, PTC, SolidWorks, Tekla, UGS, and Xerox, among others.
Holtz’s Cyon Research Stock Index, comprising a group of CAD-related companies that since 2000 have grown twice as much as the NASDAQ, represents a financial guide to this rapidly evolving sector of the high-tech economy. He is a leading proponent of educating top user management about the value of investing in engineering software.
As CEO of Cyon Research Corporation, Holtz was the driving force in developing COFES: The Congress on The Future of Engineering Software. Now an annual must-attend 3-day conversation among major engineering software vendors and users, COFES has become the leading event of its kind.
Previous to his role at Cyon Research, Holtz founded WBH Associates, offering strategic planning and market analysis. His work as conference director of A/E/C SYSTEMS resulted in one of the most widely-praised and profitable conference and workshop programs in the CAD industry.
Holtz has followed the CAD industry since its inception. His book, The CAD Rating Guide, has long been recognized as an industry "bible," and continues to be a resource for technology buyers worldwide. A registered architect, Brad has served as chairman of The CAD Society, and is on the board of directors of The CAD Management Institute. He is also a member of the Computer Graphics Pioneers. His influential opinions about the future of software have appeared in all the major engineering software industry publications, and he has been a featured speaker at industry events on four continents.
Brad holds a B.A. in biology from Washington University (St.Louis) and a B.Arch. from the University of Maryland.