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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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3D Printing Earnings: up Up UP

Things are jumping in the world of 3D printing. We've got earnings, partnerships, acquisitions and boosters so let's get right to it. If you're a veteran, be sure to read the last paragraph. Some are predicting that the market for 3D printing is poised to explode when...

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Autodesk Q2 revenue down, AEC investments pay off

So this is interesting: I'm watching Autodesk's share price the morning after the company announced relatively dismal results for its second quarter -- and the price is climbing. Last night, after the market closed and Autodesk released its earnings info, the price...

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CAM Earnings: Manufacturing the future

While some of us are on a beach, sipping drinks with little umbrellas, others are busily telling Wall Street (or London City) what's going on in their businesses. Today, we'll take a quick look at recent earnings from CAM vendors Cimatron and Delcam. Cimatron earlier...

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ANSYS Q2 revenue up 10%, sees some volatility

ANSYS struggled in Q1 and, apparently, at the start of Q2 but seems to have ended the quarter with a bang. CEO Jim Cashman told investors that Q2 saw strong contributions from all parts of the business, across all product areas and from software license, maintenance...

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DS’ Q2 ahead on some metrics, not on others

Dassault Systèmes’ earnings announcements keep getting more complex, mixing lots of different revenue metrics, acquisitions, currency and abstruse international accounting. FQ2 2013 was no exception. Let's see what we can figure out. The most obvious point from the...

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PTC: FQ3 challenging with pockets of strength

Earlier this evening, PTC  reported fiscal third quarter (ended June 30) results that were at the bottom end of expectations -- but the headline is that the company sees a tough economic outlook and decided to lower its Q4 forecast. Again. CEO Jim Heppelmann said...

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Quickies: PTC acquires, DS closes, Hexagon sells

There's a lot of acquisition news coming out of the PLMish universe, so let's catch up a bit while we wait for earnings to really heat up later this week. PTC last week announced that it acquired Enigma, a company whose products aggregate and deliver technical content...

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MuM says slow Q2, but demand picking up

A few weeks ago, AVEVA teased that it had seen "good" conditions in the market for its engineering and enterprise solutions, but without giving any numbers. European company Mensch und Maschine (MuM) today painted a slightly different picture,  reporting that it had...

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