Autodesk Accelerate – so much more than PLM

Autodesk Accelerate – so much more than PLM

“Sometimes you have to wear a shirt” isn’t a typical theme at a PLMish conference, but it perfectly describes the ethos of this year’s Autodesk Accelerate. Morphing from a PDM-centric conference four years ago to something straddling Fusion 360...
Autodesk’s FQ1 2018 is a pleasant surprise

Autodesk’s FQ1 2018 is a pleasant surprise

Autodesk last night reported results that surprised on many levels, almost all good. Revenue declined 5% year/year as the transition from perpetuals to subs continues, and deferred revenue (the part of the sub payment that will be recognized in the future) was up 18%,...
MuM says 2017 is off to a “pleasant” start

MuM says 2017 is off to a “pleasant” start

What a nice way to start a week: an earnings report that includes the word “pleasant”. Too often, it’s all business gobbledy-gook; we all know what “pleasant” means. Not stressful, satisfactory, generally positive, moving in the right...
Autodesk subs – we hear you, but …

Autodesk subs – we hear you, but …

[This started out as a write-up of Autodesk’s latest earnings release but the preamble got so long that I think it needs to stand on its own. Earnings coming later this week. –Monica] Before we dive into Autodesk’s Q4 and fiscal 2017, let’s...
Autodesk sells Moldflow’s US lab to Beaumont

Autodesk sells Moldflow’s US lab to Beaumont

Unless you’re a plastics guy, you may not know this, but one of Moldflow’s key differentiators is its material testing laboratories. Plastics are tricky, with fibers and layers and temperatures and shrinkage rates … designing a mold that can fill and...
MuM sees subs growth resuming in H2 2017

MuM sees subs growth resuming in H2 2017

Earlier this week, Germany’s Mensch und Maschine Software announced preliminary results for 2016 — and they were solid, even with the perpetual to subscription transition it and its customers are working through. Total revenue in 2016 was €167 million, up...
Autodesk’s Carl Bass to step down as CEO

Autodesk’s Carl Bass to step down as CEO

Autodesk today announced that Carl Bass will step down as CEO effective February 8. The company also said that the board has started a CEO search and has “formed an Interim Office of the Chief Executive to oversee the company’s day-to-day...