Q1 in AEC: looks like 2017 is a breakout year

Q1 in AEC: looks like 2017 is a breakout year

You (and investors and entrepreneurs and many others) often ask me how the AEC market is accepting the technologies that discrete manufacturing has long relied on: 3D design, using a model as reference and not just drawings, managing those models and related...
AEC earnings recap: CQ1 was middling to strong

AEC earnings recap: CQ1 was middling to strong

I’ve been writing about a lot of the PLMish companies that focus on the automotive, aerospace and other discreet manufacturing industries and not devoting enough “ink” to AECish vendors — many of whom are doing incredibly cool things. So...
TRMB, AZPN report results; Bentley doesn’t

TRMB, AZPN report results; Bentley doesn’t

I’m at Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure event in London, so it seems appropriate to look at recent AECish earnings. You may recall that Bentley said it filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its shares back in the...
Field-to-office heats up, Trimble acquires PocketMobile

Field-to-office heats up, Trimble acquires PocketMobile

We need to get past the idea that design and engineering begin and end in an office, drawing room or lab; it’s time we joined much of the rest of  the business world by taking work to where it needs to be, even if that is outside the office. That’s enabled...
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

AEC acquisitions have been all the rage so far this year — and Trimble keeps the ball rolling with today’s announcement that it’s bought Fifth Element (no, that was a movie; this is forestry), based in Finland. Financial terms were not disclosed....
Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Trimble today announced that it has acquired Linear project GMBH, a privately-held provider of scheduling software for linear or corridor infrastructure projects –that’s highways, railways, pipelines, tunnels, transmission lines and similar built assets...
Trimble had a tough Q4, revenue down 6% y/y

Trimble had a tough Q4, revenue down 6% y/y

Well, this is a bit of a shock after the mostly upbeat results we’ve been getting from engineering software companies: Trimble’s Q4 revenue was $564 million, down 6% and at the low end of the company’s guidance. Wall Street consensus was $579.4...
Trimble stretches into agricultural sales automation

Trimble stretches into agricultural sales automation

Trimble announced today that it has acquired privately-held IRON Solutions to help automate farm operations by linking equipment dealers, seed and chemical providers to the grower’s ERP and CRM systems. That’s a very cool idea, and one that’s been...
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