PLM vendors have some success helping displaced workers

Over the last year I’ve written a number of posts about vendors offering free or low-cost software and training to laid-off engineers and designers to help them better position themselves for the job market. How has that worked and how many people were actually...

Solvers and sunscreen

This is the third in a series of articles exploring business metrics and their usefulness in the engineering software space. The last post discussed the fact that the cost for keeping a specific customer may be higher than expected and may even exceed the revenue...

CAE data management – the breakdowns

CAE data management has become a critical topic for many CAE departments — after all, tying together which CAD models were used as the basis for an analysis, the meshing technique and resulting mesh, the loads and constraints and the resulting data and...

Hits and Misses of 2008

It’s been quite a year — like most, filled with stuff both good and bad. My top 10 happenings, all related to engineering software: 1. Hit: The CAE vendor landscape changed dramatically, as ANSYS bought Ansoft andexpanded its applications footprint even...

"Displaced" workers take advantage of Altair’s offer

According to Mike Kidder of Altair, the company received over 200 applications for itstraining/update program for displaced workers in southeastern Michigan (details below).December course offerings were completely booked within 48 hours of the announcement.Writes...

Altair shows the softer side of capitalism

Last week, Altair Engineering announced that it would offer free training courses andsoftware licenses to displaced engineers in southeast Michigan who want to grow theirCAE expertise to increase their marketability to employers. If the program is successful,it may be...
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