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...
Altair acquires CEDRAT to continue build-out of emag capabs

Altair acquires CEDRAT to continue build-out of emag capabs

Altair announced this week that is has acquired French CEDRAT S.A. and its New York-based subsidiary, Magsoft Corporation. CEDRAT makes technology that simulates low frequency electromagnetics for motor design. Its Flux, GOT-It & InCa3D enable designers to...
Fort McMurray wildfires highlight our fragile infrastructure

Fort McMurray wildfires highlight our fragile infrastructure

The news coming out of Alberta, the center of Canada’s oil sands production, is horrible. A entire town of nearly 90,000 evacuated as wildfires threaten homes, businesses and the fragile Arctic tundra that surrounds the city. The fires are still going, although...
ANSYS Q1 was a combo of platforms & headwinds

ANSYS Q1 was a combo of platforms & headwinds

ANSYS just reported financial results for the first quarter of 2016. It wasn’t a bad quarter, overall, but it certainly wasn’t one that beat expectations. Tough comparable, the continued slowdown in the semiconductor industry, new sales heads that are yet...