Deal and … maybe deal

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...
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...
Aconex & Hexagon acquisitions keep up the pace in AEC

Aconex & Hexagon acquisitions keep up the pace in AEC

The world of engineering software had blistering pace of acquisitions at the start of the year, slowed a bit but seems to be picking up steam again. Two came across the wires in the last few days: First, Aconex announced that it is acquiring Conject for €65 million....
Quickies: MuM & GRAITEC earnings surprising

Quickies: MuM & GRAITEC earnings surprising

A lot of PLMish companies release earnings news and (as you no doubt know) I fall behind in writing longer posts about each. So, a compromise where I do quick summaries of a few companies while working on longer-form versions for others. This week, Mensch und Maschine...
Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Happy New Year! May 2016 bring you nothing but happiness, health and prosperity! It’s starting the way 2015 ended: with news of acquisitions and divestitures. Nemetschek says that it has concluded its acquisition of all of the shares of Solibri. You may remember...
Nemetschek adds Solibri to its BIM offering

Nemetschek adds Solibri to its BIM offering

Do you BIM? If so, you’ve probably heard of Solibri, soon to be a Nemetschek company. Solibri makes what could be called quality assurance solutions for BIM, validating that models meet specific country/region and project standards and performing...
#YII2015 serves up clouds, photos, the IoT and more

#YII2015 serves up clouds, photos, the IoT and more

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference is BIG by just about every measure. It’s 800ish people, drawn together to discuss the most complex infrastructure engineering challenges in the world. The venue is big, covering nearly 1/2 mile,...
SimSci boosts process performance, profit

SimSci boosts process performance, profit

You likely know that AVEVA and Schneider Electric Software are poised to merge, assuming due diligence and regulatory hurdles don’t throw up insurmountable obstacles. What will that mean for plant designers? For engineering and construction companies? For asset...
Field-to-office heats up, Trimble acquires PocketMobile

Field-to-office heats up, Trimble acquires PocketMobile

We need to get past the idea that design and engineering begin and end in an office, drawing room or lab; it’s time we joined much of the rest of  the business world by taking work to where it needs to be, even if that is outside the office. That’s enabled...