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PI Congress wrap-up: lots of PLM

Last week, I attended the Product Innovation Congress (PI Congress, for short), put on by MarketKey in a rather ...unusual... hotel outside Chicago. This was the 2013 edition of last year's PLM Innovation Americas conference, which focused a lot on PLM implementations...

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Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

It's a holiday for some here in the US, but the PLMish world hardly slows down! First up, Dassault Systèmes announced that it had missed its Q3 targets, with preliminary data showing non-IFRS revenue of €496 million, €24 million short of the company's forecast of €520...

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Hexagon’s snaps up AHAB for surveying

It's only Tuesday and Hexagon has already announced two acquisition this week! Yesterday, it was mining and Devex; today it's GIS and Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB), which develops and markets airborne laser survey systems for hydrographic (seabed) and topographic...

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Bentley expands offshore offering with MOSES

Lately I've been doing a lot of work on how the offshore industry does design and analysis (more about that soon, I hope) and have a deep appreciation for what goes into the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of these mammoth structures. Bentley...

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PTC levels up its global support offering

At PTC Live in June I had the chance to sit down with PTC execs to learn more about the company's revamped services offering. I was impressed by what PTC is trying to do to grow its relationship with customers beyond a software sales transaction with some maintenance...

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Rand divests, focuses for fiscal 2014

Rand Worldwide, the Autodesk reseller and provider of proprietary solutions, just announced that revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30 was up slightly, but the accounting effect of the sale of its international operations led to a sharp decline in net income. The...

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TRIPLAN update: main shareholder sells

Last month, I caught up with TRIPLAN, the German provider of engineering services and software for the construction industry. If you remember, CROSS Informatik GmbH has been TRIPLAN's majority shareholder since 2011 and, over the summer, announced a takeover bid for...

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Software dilemma: pricing vs delivery

I've been talking to a lot of people lately about the various models in play for selling/buying software. There's a lot of attention on this since major vendors started playing with the choices they offer their customers, starting with Adobe. Earlier this year, Adobe...

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Quickies: A sweet acquisition & more

A couple of quickies to start your day -- and lovely pictures that will make you want to eat dessert first! 3D Systems announced yesterday that it has acquired a start-up that prints customized, multi-dimensional, edible confections from real sugar. The Sugar Lab came...

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Quickie: Exa’s Q2 revenue up 7% but cautious

Exa Corp. today reported fiscal Q2 revenue of $12.7 million, up 7% as reported and up 10% in constant currencies. CEO Steve Remondi said in the press release that "the return to customer spending that we started to see at the beginning of the year continued in the...

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Quickie: DS acquires Safe Tech

DS just announced that it has acquired Safe Technology Ltd., for its fatigue simulation technology, fe-safe. From the press release, "Safe Technology has been working closely with Dassault Systèmes and its SIMULIA applications for more than 15 years and in that time...

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Trimble’s Connected Farm brings IT to ag

Trimble is going to have to change its name at some point, as its portfolio becomes less and less about Navigation. Yesterday, the company announced a pile of acquisitions and the début of the Connected Farm, all intended to help farmers optimize their businesses....

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Solid Edge online store goes LIVE

A quick update on a story that started at Solid Edge U earlier this summer: In order offer customers more choice in the way they buy their CAD software, Solid Edge today opened its online store. There, you can buy monthly subscriptions to several flavors of Solid...

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