AspenTech acquires Fidelis for asset optimization

AspenTech acquires Fidelis for asset optimization

You may remember that Aspen Technology was rebuffed earlier this year when it tried to acquire KBC and its refinery optimization expertise. Well, that didn’t slow them down much: Today, AspenTech announced that it has acquired FidelisGroup, maker of Titan 2,...
Autodesk subs momentum builds in FQ1

Autodesk subs momentum builds in FQ1

I continue to try to catch up — and today we take a look at Autodesk’s calendar Q1 results, for the three months ended April 30. Autodesk reported these back on May 19, so this isn’t new news. What it is, however, is a great pointer to what...
3DX Science aims to take users from atoms to systems

3DX Science aims to take users from atoms to systems

What happens when you put a lot of chemists and biologists in a room with engineers? Actually, more fun than you might think. And a lot of geeking out. But that’s to be expected. Last week, Dassault Systèmes threw the first-ever combined user group meeting for...
Quickie: DS acquires Ortems for production scheduling

Quickie: DS acquires Ortems for production scheduling

Dassault Systèmes just announced that it has acquired Ortems, a provider of on-premise and on the cloud capacity constraint-based production scheduling and dispatching software. Ortems’ solutions, Agile Manufacturing and PlannerOne, manage manufacturing operations...
Exa’s Q1 shows some customers, at least, favoring cloud

Exa’s Q1 shows some customers, at least, favoring cloud

Earnings keep coming and the news is increasingly positive — in our PLMish world, at least, customers are buying and using technology to continue to innovate. One recent announcement comes from Exa, the CFD maker. Exa reported that first quarter fiscal 2017,...
AVEVA’s FY16 was OK, despite end-market turmoil

AVEVA’s FY16 was OK, despite end-market turmoil

Most of the questions I am asked these days revolve around three things: the cloud, licensing models and how does the situation in end-market X affect vendor Y. Lately, X = oil and Y = AVEVA because of the massive uncertainty in the oil and gas world due to...
Vela Software acquires Tecplot

Vela Software acquires Tecplot

Tecplot, Inc., a leading provider of visual data analysis software for engineers and scientists in the aerospace and oil & gas vertical markets, today announced that it has been acquired by Vela Software, an operating group of Constellation Software, Inc. If...
AEC earnings recap: CQ1 was middling to strong

AEC earnings recap: CQ1 was middling to strong

I’ve been writing about a lot of the PLMish companies that focus on the automotive, aerospace and other discreet manufacturing industries and not devoting enough “ink” to AECish vendors — many of whom are doing incredibly cool things. So...
Openness — will you know it when you see it?

Openness — will you know it when you see it?

I like transparency (but not in clothing. Leave something to the imagination, people!). If you’re a merchant and don’t accept returns after a certain period, tell the buyer and make the sign BIG. If you advertise that a plane ticket costs $100, make sure...