Smaller vendors matter too

We get so caught up in the earnings releases of the major PLM vendors that we forget that other companies in the PLM universe also release information, much of it more closely tied to specific geographies or subsegments. Their results help round out the picture of the...

ANSYS Q4 beats but more cautious about 2010

ANSYS reported mixed results today: on the one hand, the company reported Q4 revenue of $150.4 million, handily beating the projected $136 million to $142 million and sweeping it to a 2009 revenue total of $517 million, up 8%. It should be noted that this includes...

PTC’s swagger is back

PTC held their annual media and analyst day on the day “Snowmaggedon” was supposed to hit the Boston area. It amounted to not much of anything but did keep a few participants and a speaker or two away, and sent several people scurrying by mid-afternoon. Those of us...

Dassault Systèmes: Done with 2009, ambitious for 2020

Dassault Systèmes reported results last week that showed revenue declined in all major products lines and all geographies, with the company’s large installed base providing a nice cushion of recurring revenue that forestalled an even more dramatic decline. DS has put...

Avatech looking up and out

Avatech Solutions yesterday announced results for its second fiscal quarter 2010 (ended December 31, 2009). Like its peers, Avatech saw FQ2 revenue far below last year’s level but on a flattening trajectory – perhaps signaling that the worst of the recession is...

Measuring: How much is that customer costing you?

This is the second in a series of articles exploring business metrics and their usefulness in the engineering software space. In the last post, we covered using overall market data to measure success. This post discusses the cost of acquiring and keeping customers....

Dassault Systèmes Q4: slow recovery

Dassault Systèmes’ earnings call is in an hour, so this is all gleaned from the materials released earlier today. Much more color commentary coming later: For Q4, • total revenue was €339.0 million, down 11% as reported from a year ago, but up 16% from Q3. For the...

Mentor Graphics trying to make a splash with CFD

Mentor Graphics bought boutique CFD house Flomerics in 2008 to strengthen its offerings in the printed circuit board (PCB) and accelerate its entrance into markets outside the traditional (and volatile) electronics space. Before it became Mentor Graphics’ Mechanical...

Autodesk tucking in

I missed it at the time, so perhaps you did too: Back in December, it was announced that Autodesk had acquired PlanPlatform (also known as Visual Tao) for about $25 million, according to the Haaretz (Israeli) newspaper. PlanPlatform was formed in 2007 by former...

Intergraph acquires COADE

Huge news: Intergraph, a supplier of high-end plant design and data management tools, announced today that it had acquired COADE, a privately-held supplier of AutoCAD-based plant design and stress analysis tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; the COADE team...