Rand’s CQ4 suffers from a tough comparable in 2013

Rand’s CQ4 suffers from a tough comparable in 2013

Rand Worldwide’s fiscal Q2, ending on December 31, 2014 revenue was down as reported year/year (y/y) to $22.4 million — but, excluding one really big sale a year ago, total revenue was up nearly 8%. You may remember that Rand has been reinventing itself, buying back...
MSC acquires Simufact for forming, welding

MSC acquires Simufact for forming, welding

MSC Software just announced that it has acquired Simufact, maker of Simufact.forming and Simufact.welding, nonlinear simulation software technology for manufacturers. Yes, for forming and welding — it costs a lot of money to trial these manufacturing processes,...
MuM’s Q4 revenue up 15%

MuM’s Q4 revenue up 15%

Yesterday’s gloomy Trimble news wasn’t the start of a trend, it would appear. Today,  Mensch und Maschine, the Autodesk VAR and developer of software under the OPEN MIND and other brands, reported that Q4 revenue was up 15% to €37 million, boosting sales...
Trimble had a tough Q4, revenue down 6% y/y

Trimble had a tough Q4, revenue down 6% y/y

Well, this is a bit of a shock after the mostly upbeat results we’ve been getting from engineering software companies: Trimble’s Q4 revenue was $564 million, down 6% and at the low end of the company’s guidance. Wall Street consensus was $579.4...
Bentley acquires maker of 123D Catch technology

Bentley acquires maker of 123D Catch technology

The AEC acquisitions keep rolling — and, so far this year, show a fascinating extension into newer traditional realms. Bentley Systems just announced that it has acquired Acute3D, the French provider of Smart3DCapture software. Smart3DCapture turns photos into...
3D Systems + Cimatron a done deal — circle get tighter

3D Systems + Cimatron a done deal — circle get tighter

3D Systems announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Cimatron for $97 million. We all knew it was coming, after the deal was first confirmed back in November, but it’s still a bit of a shock to realize that there are just two large, pureplay CAM...
FARO acquires ARAS 360 — nope, not that Aras

FARO acquires ARAS 360 — nope, not that Aras

Things are so hectic right now that I read the headline quickly, did a double-take — and then read it again: FARO Technologies, the 3D measurement and laser scanning company, acquired ARAS 360 Technologies to add to its accident and crime reconstruction...
Hexagon’s 2014 ended strong; PP&M, up 14%

Hexagon’s 2014 ended strong; PP&M, up 14%

Yesterday we had solid growth from DS, a company still deriving most of its revenue from discrete manufacturing industries. How did the AEC/infrastructure/metrology world fare in Q4? Hexagon says it went well, as organic revenue was up 18% as reported and up 9% on an...