AVEVA today scooped the other public engineering software companies and provided a glimpse into its business since April 1.

The company says things are going according to plan. Demand from the oil and gas vertical is strong, power is “steady” and marine is “subdued”. By business line, demand from engineering, procurement and construction contractors is driving growth in its Engineering and Design Systems unit while the Enterprise Solutions business is  benefitting from the backlog at the start of the year. That might imply a lack of new business, but there isn’t enough info in the release to know. I have asked for more details and will update if I learn more. UPDATE: AVEVA tells me that “new orders remain solid”. Combining new business and backlog enables AVEVA to keep the utilization rates in the Enterprise group “on plan” — a key to getting the group to profitability.

Looking at the overall business on a geographic basis, AVEVA reports seeing continued strength in EMEA and that Latin America and North America are “in line with plan”. The company’s reorg in China is now “fully operational”.

AVEVA also said it has entered into an agreement with an unnamed global IT services provider to “help put in place the necessary additional service personnel to support AVEVA NET implementations on a truly global scale”. Last year, AVEVA and Logica entered into a strategic alliance around AVEVA NET, so this announcement could signal either an expansion of that relationship, or that AVEVA branching out in a new direction.

Finally, AVEVA says that the integration of bocad, acquired in May 2012, is progressing satisfactorily.

If AVEVA is this quarter’s canary in the coal mine, other engineering software suppliers should be reporting results inline with expectations, with few surprises either way. Let’s see, shall we?