10 things I think I think: SOLIDWORKS World 2018

10 things I think I think: SOLIDWORKS World 2018

SOLIDWORKS World is always a spectacle of maker-ness, designers competing to out-SOLIDWORKS one another in design competitions and learn from one another. It’s, as one speaker put it, nerd-heaven. This year was the twentieth anniversary event and many attendees...
This time it’s Siemens, acquiring Sarokal for IC testing

This time it’s Siemens, acquiring Sarokal for IC testing

The pace of acquisition really doesn’t jibe with the news that capital is getting harder to come by. Either that, or all of these companies have seriously deep pockets. Today. Siemens announced that it place to acquire Sarokal Test Systems to continue the...
Quickie: Aras acquires for PLM + MRO capabilities

Quickie: Aras acquires for PLM + MRO capabilities

Aras announced last week that it has acquired infoTRAK MRO from Infospectrum and renamed the product Aras Impresa MRO. MRO stands for Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul and is a key component in many asset operators’ strategies: planning who, what, when and how...
Quickie: AspenTech acquires Apex Optimisation

Quickie: AspenTech acquires Apex Optimisation

I am at SolidWorks World in LA this week, so this has to be brief: This morning, Aspen Technology announced that it has acquired Apex Optimisation, maker of GDOT, a software solution that connects plant operations optimization with Advanced Process Control (APC). APC...
Quickie: New AVEVA names new CEO — and he’s from PTC

Quickie: New AVEVA names new CEO — and he’s from PTC

Small world. AVEVA today announced that PTC’s Craig Hayman will become CEO of the entity that will be created once the merger of AVEVA and Schneider Electric’s software business has completed. Mr. Hayman starts on February 19, so the close seems imminent....
More AECish news, this time AVEVA and Hexagon

More AECish news, this time AVEVA and Hexagon

Goodness, but the AEC world is just crazy newsy right now. Two quick things: AVEVA announced yesterday that the first 9 months of its 2018 fiscal year were better than forecast due to improved execution, stabilizing end-markets and the signing of a...
Bentley, Hexagon active in acquisitions

Bentley, Hexagon active in acquisitions

Right up front: no, Bentley didn’t acquire Hexagon and Hexagon didn’t acquire Bentley. Both did announce acquisitions today. It was announced in India that Bentley has acquired S-Cube Futuretech for its RCDC software product line. RCDC, RCDC FE, RCDC Plan...
ADSK + Esri want to rewrite AEC data flows

ADSK + Esri want to rewrite AEC data flows

I wrote recently about the need to start looking at data from a lifecycle perspective, anticipating future needs and uses as well as likely integrations. This brings me back to one of the big announcements at November’s Autodesk University: the closer...
Hexagon PPM starts 2018 by acquiring IBS plant commissioning

Hexagon PPM starts 2018 by acquiring IBS plant commissioning

I believe this is the first PLMish acquisition of 2018: Hexagon PPM announced that has acquired Industrial Business Solutions, Inc. (IBS), makers of ContinuumEdge. ContinuumEdge is a web-based commissioning and completions tool for asset operators and contractors, to...