SIMULIA shines the spotlight on topology optimization

SIMULIA shines the spotlight on topology optimization

Dassault Systèmes recently announced the acquisition of FE-DESIGN Group, makers of TOSCA for topology optimization. DS’ SIMULIA brand had already released a TOSCA-based Abaqus product, Abaqus ATOM, and the relationship between SIMULIA and FE-DESIGN was good, so...
Quickies: SolidWorks talks kernels, ANSYS acquires

Quickies: SolidWorks talks kernels, ANSYS acquires

There’s never a dull moment, is there? Kernels and marketing 101 Earlier this week SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot took to the company blog to talk about the future of the core SolidWorks product, add-on offerings and which kernel will be used where. You may...
CAE competence management: are we ready?

CAE competence management: are we ready?

There’s an apocryphal story in CAE: A number of years ago, an auto company decided to see how consistently CAE was applied across its organization. Management asked a number of individual analysts to solve the same problem using the same code. Lo and behold,...
Dassault Systèmes’ cautious outlook dampens good Q4

Dassault Systèmes’ cautious outlook dampens good Q4

Earnings calls are interesting beasts: on the one hand, company executives have to speak to and perhaps justify the reported results. On the other, they need to spin everything as positively as possible to boost the stock price. Add in investors who may be...
SolidWorks World 2013: It’s a wrap!

SolidWorks World 2013: It’s a wrap!

Another SolidWorks World has come and gone — and it was a terrific event. A couple of things didn’t fit into the other blog posts (day 1 and day 2), so we’ll cover them here. The day 3 keynote presentations can be found here. The SolidWorks 2014...
A bit OT: The power of community

A bit OT: The power of community

One of the best aspects of SolidWorks World every year is the sense of community one feels. It starts in the airport when a bunch of people pile onto the plane and start up conversations based on a backpack or shirt from a prior event. Keeps going on the flight as...
SolidWorks World, The second 24 hours

SolidWorks World, The second 24 hours

Monday’s SolidWorks World keynote session is tilted towards the company, with presentations from CEOs and other leaders. We take a completely different tack on Tuesday and focus on customer accomplishments in the morning general session. Yes, a couple of...
SolidWorks World, The first 24 hours

SolidWorks World, The first 24 hours

User conferences are always fun: lots of technology to see, interesting and perhaps unusual motivational speakers, user stories galore. SolidWorks 2013 is no exception, as 4,500 of the SolidWorks faithful made the trek to Orlando this year. All of the users I’ve...
10 takeaways from SWW12

10 takeaways from SWW12

SolidWorks World 2012 started off last week with NAO (pronounced “now”) — an utterly adorable 57 cm (just under 2 feet) tall robot from Aldebaran that that seems almost human — breakdancing on screen and on the stage. And it only got better from there. I...

UPDATE: DS ends strong, cautious about 2012

Dassault Systèmes (DS) reported really good results for its fourth quarter and for fiscal 2011 yet the share price fell, as investors expected a more positive outlook. But let’s close 2011 first, shall we? For Q4: • Total revenue was €512 million, up 11% as reported...