Stimulus bill: what’s in it for PLM?

The Wall Street Journal posted a handy summary of the 1,073-page stimulus bill signedby President Obama on Monday. It’s possible that the bill contains provisions not in theJournal’s table, but judging by the summary, Washington is hoping that...

MSC and Elliott Assoc. reach agreement on “standstill”

Elliott Associates and MSC Software today filed a schedule 13D with the SEC stating that the two had reached and agreement under which the various Elliott entities that already own 13.4% of the outstanding shares of MSC will not buy more than 2.96 million additional...

DS 2008 results as expected — but 2010 looks interesting

Dassault Systèmes reported final results for 2008 earlier today and issued outlook for2009 that reflects what the company believes will be a "challenging" 2009, with conditionssimilar to those seen in Q4 2008.Highlights from the earnings calls and releases:-...

Invention Machine wants to help you innovate

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to hear Boston Scientific speak about how it sought to build a culture of invention and discovery that leads its various businesses to successful new products. Randy Schiestl, VP R&D, and Jude Currier, cardiovascular...

Autodesk’s plans for Algor shaping up nicely

I recently had a long chat with Autodesk’s Amy Bunszel, product marketing manager inthe Manufacturing Solutions Division(MSD), about the company’s plans for Algor.First of all, all Algor employees will remain in Pittsburgh. Mike Bussler, founder of...

Dassault Systèmes missed Q4 on 20% drop in new license revenue

DS released preliminary fourth quarter results today, showing that the global economiccrisis is affecting all price points along the PLM curve. DS reports that preliminarynon-GAAP total revenue is estimated at €382 million, compared to the company’sobjective of €385...

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...