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...
Quickie: Yokogawa closes KBC acquisition

Quickie: Yokogawa closes KBC acquisition

Back in February, Yokogawa outbid AspenTech for KBC, the UK software developer and consultancy focused on operational optimization for the oil and gas industry. The deal needed to be approved by UK regulators, which happened on April 5, and on April 7 both boards of...
Altair makes waves, snaps up AWE

Altair makes waves, snaps up AWE

Altair is one of my favorite companies — but I don’t get the chance to write about it as often as I’d like because it’s not publicly traded and so we miss those four chances per year to take a deeper dive. Why do I admire them? Because they...
Geometric to be acquired by HCL

Geometric to be acquired by HCL

When we think of PLM, we tend to focus on the biggest of the big: Siemens PLM, Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, ANSYS, and so on — but these companies rely on a host of component developers, outside software development resources and integration partners to bring...
Aconex & Hexagon acquisitions keep up the pace in AEC

Aconex & Hexagon acquisitions keep up the pace in AEC

The world of engineering software had blistering pace of acquisitions at the start of the year, slowed a bit but seems to be picking up steam again. Two came across the wires in the last few days: First, Aconex announced that it is acquiring Conject for €65 million....
Very quick: Yokogawa outbids AspenTech for KBC

Very quick: Yokogawa outbids AspenTech for KBC

You don’t see this every day: AspenTech says that Yokogawa has outbid it to win KBC, which it just last month said would acquire. AspenTech says it “does not intend to revise its offer of 185 pence for each share of KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC)...
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...
Siemens CEO says CD-adapco is a perfect fit

Siemens CEO says CD-adapco is a perfect fit

I put up a quick blog post yesterday about the planned acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens and added more info to it as the day went along — please check back there for initial thoughts — but wanted to do a separate update today. Siemens held its December-quarter...
Siemens snaps up CD-adapco for a cool $1 billion

Siemens snaps up CD-adapco for a cool $1 billion

The rumors are finally confirmed: Siemens PLM is acquiring CD-adapco for $970 million. For those keeping track, that’s about a 5x revenue multiple. ADDED after this blog was first published at around 2PM ET on 25 January 2015 because people were asking for a bit...