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DS’ 2018 sets the stage for expansion in 2019

Dassault Systèmes announced results for Q4 and fiscal 2018 just as I was boarding a plane earlier this month, and I only had time to post a very quick recap of the highlights as I saw them then. This week brings us earnings from ANSYS (tonight/tomorrow morning), as...

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Career management for CAD types

I absolutely love what Matt Lombard just wrote in his latest blog, His main thesis is this: ... [T]here also comes a point where you need to diversify a little. That point has to come before you...

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Hexagon adds Thermopylae to its geospatial biz

Another week, another acquisition: Hexagon says it will buy Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, a software provider of geospatial applications, mobile frameworks and cloud computing for enhanced location intelligence, primarily to the US government and other defense...

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Webinars 2.0 – we’re not there yet

I tune into a lot of webinars, whether product announcements, investor updates or the occasional training session and, while things are much better since I first mused on the state of the art in 2008 and 2010 (here and here), it's time for a refresher on how to get...

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Quickie: Schnitger Corp website changes

Always trying to make things better ... A while ago, web browsers started identifying unsafe websites, and put in that category because we didn't have a valid SSL certificate. We got that sorted but the site was still deemed unsafe. Turns out the...

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MuM reports rebound in Autodesk sales

We are nearing the end of earnings season, but still have a few biggies to go. One of those is Autodesk, and we use its largest European reseller, Mensch und Maschine (MuM) as a preview since MuM reports preliminary results a couple of weeks before Autodesk. Like...

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AVEVA cruises along, positive about FY2019

Schneider Electric announced results today, which means that we have a hint about how things are going at AVEVA. AVEVA says that it "delivered low double-digit revenue growth in the first nine months of the financial year", meaning the period ended December 31, 2018....

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#SWW19 takeaways from afar

For the first time in years I'm not at SolidWorks World, happening right now in Dallas, TX. Too much travel, too many time zones -- it just didn't fit. So I've been following from afar, on Dassault Systèmes' live broadcasts here. (I'm having trouble with the recorded...

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Bentley gets into street signs

I live on a street with the popular girl's name, Kathleen. Every so often a boy, hoping to impress a girl (likely named Kathleen), steals our street sign. I've often wondered how someone monitors those thefts and then causes replacements to be made -- and today, I...

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Quickie: DS acquires elecworks

Dassault Systèmes said today that it will acquire Trace Software’s elecworks electrical and automation design software product line in an asset transfer. Trace has been a SolidWorks applications partner since 1997; in 2012, Trace became a strategic partner so that the...

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Quickie: Lots of good PLM earnings news

It's a big earnings day and I'm about to settle in for a long (wifi-free) flight, so a quick recap will have to hold us until I can dig into the earnings in more detail -- but it sure looks like the PLMish universe is doing very well, indeed. Dassault Systemes...

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PTC’s FQ1: a mixed bag with lots of Creo love

Investors were underwhelmed at PTC's fiscal first quarter 2019 earnings news, since the company said its bookings were at the lower end of its guidance, leading to weaker FQ2 revenue guidance. I'm a glass half-full type of person and prefer to look at the fact that...

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ANSYS buys Granta for materials intel

You saw this one coming, right? Two in one week, though .... ANSYS announced last night that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Granta Design, maker of materials intelligence solutions, critical for accurate simulations of material and device...

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ANSYS grows EMAG offering, acquires Helic

ANSYS just fired the next shot in the battle to control the electromagnetic (EMAG) simulation landscape, announcing that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Helic, which makes electromagnetic crosstalk solutions for systems on chips (SoCs). ANSYS says that...

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Hexagon adds j5 to factory operations offering

Hexagon today announced that it has added j5 International to its PPM division. j5 makes data collection solutions that replace papers, clipboards, spreadsheets and many of the (old school) processes used to gather operating data with a structured, configurable and...

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Simcenter Prague: towards digital twin maturity

Last month I spent time with the Siemens Simcenter team and a couple hundred of their top customers, talking all things CAE. We covered CFD, how AR/VR fits into simulation workflows, where optimization can and should be applied, how to leverage the intersection of...

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Nemetschek acquires to boost building ops portfolio

Nemetschek just announced that its MCS Solutions business will acquire Axxerion, developer of facility and property management software, for €75 million. This adds to Nemetschek's existing "Manage" offerings to address what the company sees as a potentially €20...

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