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 markets...
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...
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...
Reaching that one customer in a PLMish landscape

Reaching that one customer in a PLMish landscape

I’ve attended a lot of engineering software company events over the last 6 weeks or so and find myself wondering: how can these vendors balance serving their long-term core user bases even as their offerings branch out and get more complex? The story gets harder...
Autodesk’s Q1 revenue up 9%; outlook less rosy

Autodesk’s Q1 revenue up 9%; outlook less rosy

Autodesk just reported Q1 results that are pretty good, but investors are likely to focus on rising costs and a gloomier outlook for the rest of the year. Total revenue in Q1 was $647 million, up 9% as reported and up 13% in constant currencies (cc), just a bit above...