It’s good to be SolidWorks

It’s good to be SolidWorks

New releases are funny things: companies pour their hearts into delivering bug fixes and new features that they hope will make customers happy, yet many customers don’t even know about most of the new features/fixes — they’ve found their favorite...
Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

You probably don’t know this, but my family lived in Hamburg, Germany, when I was little. Some of my best memories are of going with my Dad to the Port of Hamburg and crawling around ships with him on a Saturday. Memories are tricky, though: I probably got to do...
Direct, parametric — better together?

Direct, parametric — better together?

Debating the merits of direct and parametric modeling is all the rage. Is one better than the other? Which one should you use? Are you doing something wrong if you’re not using [direct|parametric], if you’re using [parametric|direct] now? No, depends,...
Autodesk Accelerate: Customers talk PLM 360

Autodesk Accelerate: Customers talk PLM 360

Heard over and over in Boston’s District Hall last week: “I got a trial license of PLM 360, played with it for 6* months (although I was still doing my real job most of the time) and then started rolling out workspaces. As we got further into it, we...

Stratasys to acquire GrabCAD

I’m at the Autodesk #AcceleratePLM14 conference about PLM 360, so can really only reblab the press release — deeper analysis to come. But you knew something like this was the endgame, right? The juicy parts of the press release: “Stratasys …...
AVEVA’s H1 update = uh oh

AVEVA’s H1 update = uh oh

AVEVA issues periodic trading updates in between the more formal and detailed announcements every six months. These interim press releases typically don’t say much — but every so often something interesting slips through. This time, the nuggets...
AVEVA kicks off earnings amid takeover rumbles

AVEVA kicks off earnings amid takeover rumbles

PLMish results start in earnest this week, as both PTC and Dassault Systèmes talk about their June quarter results. But AVEVA kicked things off in their uniquely British way last week, updating us on how things are going so far in fiscal 2015 — and all seems to...
Siemens PLM grows into the AG — a good thing

Siemens PLM grows into the AG — a good thing

Altair today announced that it is acquiring Visual Solutions, makers of the VisSim graphical block diagram language for modeling and simulating complex dynamic systems, including embedded systems. Visual Solutions says it has over 250,000 users worldwide, scientists...
Unlocking the value of legacy data

Unlocking the value of legacy data

Over at the PTC Creo blog this week, I’m musing on how to recapture the value of legacy data — all those CAD models you created in the past, now stored on drives all over the place (or archived in a PDM/PLM if you’re so inclined), gathering the...