Autodesk adds CFdesign to its quiver

Big news: Autodesk announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc., maker of the CFdesign computational fluid dynamics software, for approximately $39 million in cash. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions...

DS announces banner 2010, cautious for 2011

2010 was a big year for Dassault Systèmes as it tightened control on its distribution network by buying IBM PLM, closing the biggest acquisition in DS’ history. Did this distract management? Lead to complications in merging sales teams and assigning territories and...

DS beats in Q2, sees slow Q3

Dassault Systèmes reported total revenue of €386 million on an IFRS basis (think GAAP, but in Europe), up 24% from a year ago on strong software revenue growth of 28%. Favorable exchange rates contributed roughly 6% of growth across the board. IBM’s contributions are...

Building the snowball: DS sees Q1 as “defining”

Every so often a CEO says something on an earnings call that’s too good not to repeat. Bernard Charlès, CEO of Dassault Systèmes said on the call held for European analysts (and available online) that software revenue was up only 3% in Q1 because DS still needs to...

COFES 2010: Mike Payne responds

A few days ago, I posted a few thoughts about this year’s COFES, including my take on a brief presentation given by Mike Payne. Mike graciously responded and below is his email in its entirety. He makes a number of good points: Monica, I had condensed the talk down to...

PLM vendors have some success helping displaced workers

Over the last year I’ve written a number of posts about vendors offering free or low-cost software and training to laid-off engineers and designers to help them better position themselves for the job market. How has that worked and how many people were actually...

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...

Discount pricing: A bad idea

Note, 02 February 2010: Since posting this yesterday, I’ve been informed by Kubotek that these deals were for 2009, and are no longer offered. Check with them for current offerings and pricing. Kubotek also tells me that they an “awesome year end and the best year...

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...

Q3: So, how did we do?

It’s always hard to create context around companies whose businesses, and business models, are so different but we can draw a couple of conclusions now that Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes and PTC have reported for the summer quarter: • Starting at the top: all three...