In an interview, Bruce Wiener, director of R&D, CAMWorks, talked about enterprisewide CAM software. Wiener said an enterprise CAM system can be used to utilize and share information with other applications running within the enterprise. It's common for evaluations to be based strictly on a feature-by-feature comparison between systems. In today's competitive market, a good design at a competitive price is important for winning a customer. Complex product structures increase the need for collaborative product development between design, engineering, and manufacturing through a growing supplier network. In spite of this economic downturn, progressive manufacturers are looking forward to coming out of this recessionary period and being prepared for better times ahead by investing in new technologies, such as state-of-the-art CAM systems. There are companies that are still profitable in spite of the recent economic downturn, largely because they took advantage of investing in new technologies in the previous recession.