From the Nasdaq to Paris

If, like me, you have a little stock chart on your browser screen, you’ll notice a lot of zeroesnext to the DASTY symbol. No reason to panic. Dassault Systèmes (DS) stopped trading onthe Nasdaq as of today, October 16, 2008. That’s not a surprise: the...

CAE bottlenecks are moving

I’ve recently been focusing on CAE: who is using cutting-edge tools, why, where they seeimprovements, where they still have issues. One theme that keeps coming up is that thebottlenecks are no longer where they used to be. As compute power increases to the...

Solid shipbuilding

Say you want to build a yacht and, since you’re a competitive person, you want to be able togloat at Larry Ellison the next time you run into him in Cannes. That means your yachtneeds to be bigger and better than his — or, according to Wikipedia, have at...

PLM stocks battered on Wall Street — why?

So everyone knows that the US Congress on Monday failed to vote to pass a $700 billion billto bail out the financial markets. Whether you’re for or against the bill is irrelevant; its failureto pass cost investors $1.1 trillion. Almost twice what the bill would...

Solidworks, Dassault Systèmes and PTC — Oh my!

It’s been an interesting week. Like you, dozens of emails and press releases cross my desk every day, some of which are far more relevant and interesting than others. Of interest: Bernard Charlés appeared for the first time ever at a SolidWorks-sponsored event – and...

How often is too often?

The length of release cycles continues to be a point of contention between developers and users of engineering technology. On the one hand, developers want to get new releases out there to bring in revenue, deal with competitive issues and fix customer bugs. But users...

Is PTC hanging out the “For Sale” sign?

The Financial Times of London reported on Saturday that PTC has approached GoldmanSachs about selling itself for something on the order of $2 billion. FT cites "people withknowledge of the process" but was unable to get PTC to comment. The article says...

What, exactly, is a seat?

A few weeks ago I pointed out that most public companies put information into their earningsreleases that leads to … shall we say, less than clarity? Autodesk is a champion at providing reams of information that turn out to be not so useful. Inits fiscal second...

Cool stuff in Pittsburgh

ANSYS held its bi-annual user event in Pittsburgh last week – Pittsburgh in late August? -forroughly 800 customers, staff and investors from 30 countries. Quick take: ANSYScustomers do cool stuff, use cool tools and are excited about the possibilities the...

MSC Q2 earnings release provides some unusual factoids

MSC Software, like most public companies, provides information in its quarterly earnings releases that leave analysts wondering why a particular nugget was worthy of inclusion. Since all information provided is fair game, following are a few additional conclusions...