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Is your PLM a uni-tasker? Hope not …

When you buy something, what are your criteria? I look at whether it does what I need it to do, if it’s a good value for the money, and if it leaves me room to grow or adapt as my needs evolve. Like Alton Brown of Good Eats fame ( - worth a look,...

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Very quick: Yokogawa outbids AspenTech for KBC

You don't see this every day: AspenTech says that Yokogawa has outbid it to win KBC, which it just last month said would acquire. AspenTech says it "does not intend to revise its offer of 185 pence for each share of KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC) which was...

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SolidWorks World 2016: makers, cloud and subs

Kishore Boyalakuntla, SolidWorks Brand User Experience Leader, joked that SolidWorks World is a bit like Disney for engineers — and, you know, it is! This year’s event had a slightly different vibe: it was less serious, more maker and decidedly not DS-centric. Yes,...

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Quickies: MuM & GRAITEC earnings surprising

A lot of PLMish companies release earnings news and (as you no doubt know) I fall behind in writing longer posts about each. So, a compromise where I do quick summaries of a few companies while working on longer-form versions for others. This week, Mensch und Maschine...

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ESI buys Mineset big data analytics from SGI

ESI today announced that it is acquiring Mineset Inc., a big data visual analytics and machine-learning specialist, from SGI. [Recall that ESI acquired OpenCFD Ltd, owner of the OpenFOAM Trademark, from SGI in 2012. -- Ed.] Mineset bills itself as "beautiful, simple,...

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No surprise: Autodesk announces restructuring

You probably saw this coming: a company used to operating on a perpetual license model isn't, financially, the same as one that relies on subscriptions. Different cash flows, and cash flows are what pay people, rent and utilities. So, today, Autodesk announced a...

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PTC takes a look, clarifies IoT+CAD+PLM+VR+SLM vision

PTC last week rolled out its vision for the augmented reality-enabled enterprise: access to all sorts of data related to an object, served out on tablets, watches, phones and other devices, with the specifics of the data tailored to the needs of the user. This vision...

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Q&A Tuesday: It’s not all about CD-adapco

... though most of your questions over the last two days have been focused on CD-adapco and Siemens PLM. There is other news out there worth your consideration. First, keeping to the CAE theme: SIMSOLID (about which I'll write more thoughtfully soon) announced today...

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Siemens CEO says CD-adapco is a perfect fit

I put up a quick blog post yesterday about the planned acquisition of CD-adapco by Siemens and added more info to it as the day went along — please check back there for initial thoughts — but wanted to do a separate update today. Siemens held its December-quarter...

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Siemens snaps up CD-adapco for a cool $1 billion

The rumors are finally confirmed: Siemens PLM is acquiring CD-adapco for $970 million. For those keeping track, that's about a 5x revenue multiple. ADDED after this blog was first published at around 2PM ET on 25 January 2015 because people were asking for a bit more...

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PLM fosters business agility, if you do it right

No business is static. Everything changes, all the time. The successful business adapts, figures out what to change in its offerings, in the technology it uses and in the way its people work. This means identifying the change and brainstorming ways to succeed in spite...

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Where are we going? A simulation view

The good news: we’re no longer evangelizing about the benefits of simulation. Most people and companies understand that CAE can help create better products, more quickly. The bad news: many still don’t get the fact that simulating one facet of a product isn’t...

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AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

Now this is interesting. AspenTech, which makes software used for the design and costing of chemical processes (think the molecular changes required to turn crude into jet fuel) and for optimizing the overall oil and gas supply chain (think "how much crude do I have,...

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Plant design in a world of $30 oil

I get asked this a lot: what are oil producers (and their contractors) doing when the price of oil is so low? Why keep producing? Why do they need engineering services — and CAD, PLM, visualization, and other engineering-related technologies? The questions usually...

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