New Matrix and Clayoo Software and a Global Approach to Serving YouAnnouncement from Douglas S. Menefee • April 6, 2017
I joined Stuller as the Vice President of Business Solutions in December of 2016, focusing initially on our software products and teams. As part of my onboarding, I was asked to observe and learn the operation of the organization for 90 days without taking any action. During the first few weeks of what I affectionately called “purgatory,” I was able to experience the demands put on Stuller by our loyal customer base, during the holiday season. It is truly a one of a kind operation.
In parallel to Stuller fulfilling the needs of thousands of jewelry retailers and artisans, I began learning about the software companies Stuller had acquired, Gemvision in Davenport, IA and TDM Solutions in Barcelona, Spain. Throughout the first three months of my journey I began to understand the history of all of the companies and products and noted opportunities which began to emerge. As we continue to unify teams, we can truly build the best solutions for our users. Our roadmap calls for tighter integration of CounterSketch, Matrix, Stuller.com, Clayoo, and RhinoGold. As is typical with most company acquisitions, bringing all of the companies together is easier said than done, but our mission is clear: to combine our talents across all of our locations.
Our unified team has members at these locations:
• A small office in Bettendorf, IA
• A larger office in Barcelona, Spain
• Subject matter expertise in North Carolina
• The main headquarters inside Stuller in Lafayette, LA
This week, our consolidated team is proud to announce some major milestones:
• The release of a new version of Matrix software – Matrix 9.0
• The release of a new version of Clayoo software – Clayoo 2.5
Initially released in 2001, Matrix remains a world-leading 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) application for jewelers around the world. This most recent release of the product includes seamless integration of our proprietary organic modeler, the new Clayoo 2.5. What many may not realize is the collaboration that occurred across multiple states, continents, and time zones to ensure this release and integration occurred! In addition to Clayoo 2.5, the team has built in new features and functionality to help Matrix designers enhance their creativity, productivity, and profitability.
We will be sharing more details (and sneak peek videos!) soon of all of the new features in Matrix on the new webpage dedicated to Matrix 9.0 at: Gemvision.com/m9
Upgrades are available now via the webpage and in the coming days, we will begin shipping Matrix Version 9.0 for new orders.
With this Matrix release, we are also excited to announce the new Gemvision Labs user group. We want Gemvision Labs to be a source for exclusive, early access to new features that you can test and then share your feedback directly with the developers. The first “Work in Progress” release in Gemvision Labs is the updated Matrix Web Viewer to help you share designs with your clients interactively via the web.
Without a doubt, the past four months have been a lot like drinking from a firehose for me and I remain humbled to be part of such an amazing team. From where I sit today, I see tremendous talent among the team, tremendous value among the products, and tremendous opportunity for where we all (us and you) take the jewelry solutions of the future. While my journey has just begun, this week’s product release is a continuation of our commitment to deliver technological solutions to existing and future customers.
In many ways, I can truly say we are just getting started!
Douglas S. Menefee
Stuller/Gemvision Vice President of Business Solutions