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Autodesk acquires PCB design for Fusion 360

Interesting. I just saw that Autodesk has acquired Cadsoft Computer GmbH, a German company, from Premier Farnell. Premier Farnell distributes electronics components though many different channels, including online markets,and maintains the element14 online...

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PLM’s platform play

Platforms are hot right now, but they’re hardly a new idea. I learned a few weeks ago from Dr. Marshall Van Alstyne (whose research is accessible here) that newspapers, which connect advertisers to consumers, are platforms. HMOs connect physicians and patients....

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LiveWorx 2016 celebrates the physical+digital world

What happens when you mix a lot of old-time CAD super-users with new, edgy technology? Some cross mojonation* but also quite a bit of resistance. It's interesting; people who are excellent at their jobs are the most resistant to change because it will make them less...

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AVEVA + Schneider a no-go

In a very brief statement even by UK standards AVEVA just said, "Following the termination of the preliminary discussions between AVEVA Group Plc ("AVEVA") and Schneider Electric SE, AVEVA has applied to the UKLA for the suspension of its shares to be lifted. As a...

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Deal and … maybe deal

What happens when I spend the day on a plane? News! Briefly, AVEVA and Schneider Electric have resumed their tango. AVEVA today addressed press speculation by issuing an announcement that it was again in talks with Schneider Electric about a deal that would combine...

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ESI seeks to reinvent PLM by moving to PPL

ESI hopes to move manufacturing beyond PLM, and into what it calls PPL, Product Performance Lifecycle. The company defines traditional PLM as "product development until commercial launch" while PPL addresses the product's "whole 'post-development' lifecycle, i.e. the...

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“One word: Plastics”

That's a paraphrase of the wonderful scene in The Graduate, where Mr. Maguire tells a young and confused Benjamin (played by Dustin Hoffman) that plastics are the future. In many ways, he was right. If your job is plastics, you know that that little phrase hides a...

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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, FAST 3...

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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 Autodesk's customers think...

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