MuM had “best Q1 in company’s history”

MuM had “best Q1 in company’s history”

Now, that’s a headline. We’re all worrying about how the switch to subscriptions across the software universe affects the software creators and their reseller partners, and how many will be unable to manage the cash flow implications of the change —...
Autodesk adds to its renderers, buys Solid Angle

Autodesk adds to its renderers, buys Solid Angle

Autodesk just announced that it has acquired Solid Angle, maker of Arnold, a ray-tracing image renderer for high-quality 3D animation and visual effects creation. Arnold was co-developed with Sony Pictures Imageworks and is now their main renderer. Autodesk says...
Autodesk’s REAL explores capture/compute/create

Autodesk’s REAL explores capture/compute/create

Autodesk’s REAL conference last week was a mashup of technology, both market-ready and in the creation stage, and scientific, artistic and business endeavors that show how why this tech matters. Like last year, it was fascinating; unlike last year, we’re seeing...
Autodesk’s Q4 sets the stage for a bumpy FY17

Autodesk’s Q4 sets the stage for a bumpy FY17

As you know, Autodesk is in the midst of a transition from hefty upfront fees to a steadier stream of subscription revenue. The company’s recently announced Q4 results highlight both the positives and negatives of the change — but there was also a lot of...
Q&A Tuesday: Treehouses, WiFi, CAE & PLM – oh my

Q&A Tuesday: Treehouses, WiFi, CAE & PLM – oh my

People find the Schnitger Corp. website in all sorts of ways, looking for a lot of different information. [Did you know we now have over 1,000 blog posts with maybe a million words — yikes.] Here are a couple of search terms that led people to this website and I...
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...
No surprise: Autodesk announces restructuring

No surprise: Autodesk announces restructuring

You probably saw this coming: a company used to operating on a perpetual license model isn’t, financially, the same as one that relies on subscriptions. Different cash flows, and cash flows are what pay people, rent and utilities. So, today, Autodesk announced a...
Q&A Tuesday: It’s not all about CD-adapco

Q&A Tuesday: It’s not all about CD-adapco

… though most of your questions over the last two days have been focused on CD-adapco and Siemens PLM. There is other news out there worth your consideration. First, keeping to the CAE theme: SIMSOLID (about which I’ll write more thoughtfully...
AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

By any measure, Autodesk University is big. 800+ sessions. 10,000 attendees in Las Vegas and a lot more watching the web-streamed sessions from home, during and after the event. The Venetian and Palazzo complex filled to overflowing with design techies of all sorts,...