AspenTech acquires Fidelis for asset optimization

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,...
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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

Now this is interesting. AspenTech, which makes software used for the design and costing of chemical processes (think the molecular changes required to turn crude into jet fuel) and for optimizing the overall oil and gas supply chain (think “how much crude do I...
TRMB, AZPN report results; Bentley doesn’t

TRMB, AZPN report results; Bentley doesn’t

I’m at Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure event in London, so it seems appropriate to look at recent AECish earnings. You may recall that Bentley said it filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its...
Q&A: VARs, AspenTech, Nastran and more

Q&A: VARs, AspenTech, Nastran and more

It’s always fascinating to see what brings people to the Schnitger Corp. website. Some of it makes sense: I write about PLM and you want to know about PLM — boom! Sometimes, though, it’s not so obvious … Do you really want me to write more...
Morning coffee: deals, a coming IPO & lots of other news

Morning coffee: deals, a coming IPO & lots of other news

Welcome to your Monday! Last week was a doozie, so let’s get right to it. It’s the Economy … We’ve got good news, bad news and good news. On the good news side, US employers added 192,000 jobs in March. That’s better than recent months but bad news...
Deals in AEC and 3D printing — no Foolin’

Deals in AEC and 3D printing — no Foolin’

Remember how I wrote on Monday that the PLMish world was quiet, at least as far as acquisitions were concerned? I spoke too soon! Yesterday we learned of three deals, one in process modeling and two in 3D printing. Neither is an April Fool’s joke, though there...
Earnings update, AEC edition — a mixed bag

Earnings update, AEC edition — a mixed bag

This earnings season has been incredibly busy and I have fallen far, far behind in summarizing the highlights. To try to catch up a bit, I’ll be grouping these companies by general product category for you, since that’s so much more useful than chronologically by...
Quickies: Uncertain economy drags down March quarter

Quickies: Uncertain economy drags down March quarter

It’s a busy week for earnings reports from engineering software companies. While I work on longer-form reports, here are a few quotes from my notes. Note that these are not 100% representative of the company’s March quarter reports — in other words,...
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