Quickie: AVEVA announces “much improved” H1 2018

Quickie: AVEVA announces “much improved” H1 2018

Super-quick, as I’m at Autodesk University: AVEVA reported today that revenue for the six months ended September 30 was £94 million, up 11% as reported and up 6% in constant currencies — a “much-improved performance”  in the first half of its...
Quickie: Hexagon’s Q2 shows continued weakness in PPM

Quickie: Hexagon’s Q2 shows continued weakness in PPM

Hexagon just announced Q2 results that showed modest growth overall and a decent contribution from the recently acquired MSC Software. PPM continues to struggle, but CEO Ola Rollen said in the earnings material that he expects the business to return to growth towards...
AVEVA + Schneider a no-go

AVEVA + Schneider a no-go

In a very brief statement even by UK standards AVEVA just said, “Following the termination of the preliminary discussions between AVEVA Group Plc (“AVEVA”) and Schneider Electric SE, AVEVA has applied to the UKLA for the suspension of its shares to...
AspenTech acquires Fidelis for asset optimization

AspenTech acquires Fidelis for asset optimization

You may remember that Aspen Technology was rebuffed earlier this year when it tried to acquire KBC and its refinery optimization expertise. Well, that didn’t slow them down much: Today, AspenTech announced that it has acquired FidelisGroup, maker of Titan 2,...
AVEVA’s FY16 was OK, despite end-market turmoil

AVEVA’s FY16 was OK, despite end-market turmoil

Most of the questions I am asked these days revolve around three things: the cloud, licensing models and how does the situation in end-market X affect vendor Y. Lately, X = oil and Y = AVEVA because of the massive uncertainty in the oil and gas world due to...
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...
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)...
Plant design in a world of $30 oil

Plant design in a world of $30 oil

I get asked this a lot: what are oil producers (and their contractors) doing when the price of oil is so low? Why keep producing? Why do they need engineering services — and CAD, PLM, visualization, and other engineering-related technologies? The questions usually...