IBM speaks: The DS/IBM PLM deal from another perspective

IBM still believes in PLM — but now sees a different way to interact with what it sees as a large, lucrative and diverse market. Its partnership with Dassault Systèmes is still strong, but the change in their business relationship allows IBM to enter a customer...

The DS/IBM deal changes the PLM sector

Regardless of whether you like the deal DS struck to buy the IBM PLM business, it does change the dynamics within the PLM sector. From a competitive perspective, DS will now face the same issues of access that PTC and Autodesk face: can their sales reps get in to see...

ANSYS hopes CAD+CAE = better CAE

So you’re a CAD company without an analysis capability or a CAE vendor without strong ties to any one 3D modeling engine. How do you compete with the integrated suites offered by vendors such as Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC and Siemens? You partner. Last week,...

CAE data management – the breakdowns

CAE data management has become a critical topic for many CAE departments — after all, tying together which CAD models were used as the basis for an analysis, the meshing technique and resulting mesh, the loads and constraints and the resulting data and...

Busy busy — quick updates

Too busy to craft anything long or thoughtful — I know I owe you a more detailed analysis of PTC’s investor presentation — but in the meantime: – are companies getting too big? I’ve been talking to people responsible for coordinating PLM...

Catching Up: Bentley, Intergraph, PTC, Siemens and COFES

I may be quite busy and on travel, but the engineering software world rolls on. A couple of interesting tidbits: – According to Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, engineering software provides significant return on investment by improving standards of living...

Hits and Misses of 2008

It’s been quite a year — like most, filled with stuff both good and bad. My top 10 happenings, all related to engineering software: 1. Hit: The CAE vendor landscape changed dramatically, as ANSYS bought Ansoft andexpanded its applications footprint even...

Siemens Exiderdome meets Boston harbor — Brrr

I spent much of the last two days with Siemens Energy and Automation — part of theSiemens division that now houses Siemens PLM. Siemens brought its exiderdome toBoston for the week, inviting customers, prospects and analysts to tour what is, in essence,a barge...

Is PTC hanging out the “For Sale” sign?

The Financial Times of London reported on Saturday that PTC has approached GoldmanSachs about selling itself for something on the order of $2 billion. FT cites “people withknowledge of the process” but was unable to get PTC to comment. The article says...