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,...
AU 2015 pregame: what I want to know

AU 2015 pregame: what I want to know

It’s the week after Thanksgiving so it must be time for Autodesk University, the almost-week-long festival of all things Autodesk with a lot of maker thrown in. This year is special, in that a lot of things are changing for Autodesk’s business and for the...
Autodesk and ZWSoft settle IP suit

Autodesk and ZWSoft settle IP suit

Autodesk and ZWSoft, maker of ZWCAD, just announced that they have settled their dispute over who improperly used what intellectual property (IP). According to Autodesk, ZWSoft “discovered that an employee had … improperly used AutoCAD intellectual...
Autodesk expands into CPQ with Configure One acquisition

Autodesk expands into CPQ with Configure One acquisition

Autodesk just announced that it has acquired Configure One for its Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) offering, eponymously named Configure One. [Sorry to use configure 3 times in 1 sentence.] This is a big deal, as configure-to-order becomes more important in...
Autodesk nabs netfabb to boost 3D printing

Autodesk nabs netfabb to boost 3D printing

Not a dull week — not at all. Autodesk just stepped up its game in 3D printing by saying it intends to acquire netfabb, a German software company, and by making a strategic investment in netfabb’s parent company, FIT Technology. netfabb makes software that...
Accelerate 2015 tackles PLM, one bite at a time

Accelerate 2015 tackles PLM, one bite at a time

The end of summer, warm days, cool nights, Boston harbor all around. Hard to focus on PLM, right? But 300 of us managed it, inside the Seaport Convention Center at Accelerate 2015. We were treated to dozens of presentations by Autodesk PLM360 users and Autodesk...
Quickie: On Autodesk subscriptions & perpetuals

Quickie: On Autodesk subscriptions & perpetuals

I’m still working on a longer write-up of Accelerate, Autodesk’s PLM event earlier this week, but need to weigh in on news that I’ve seen a bit mis-characterized: Autodesk yesterday announced that it will no longer offer perpetual/maintenance...
Autodesk’s Q2 highlights that change is hard

Autodesk’s Q2 highlights that change is hard

Autodesk reported results on Thursday that highlight exactly how hard it is to predict the transition from boxes/perpetual to subscriptions/ratable. Given all the moving pieces, the Q2 results weren’t awful but the share was still down nearly 5% in...