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SIMULIA shines the spotlight on topology optimization

Dassault Systèmes recently announced the acquisition of FE-DESIGN Group, makers of TOSCA for topology optimization. DS' SIMULIA brand had already released a TOSCA-based Abaqus product, Abaqus ATOM, and the relationship between SIMULIA and FE-DESIGN was good, so why...

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Quickies: Adobe drops perpetual, DS buys SIMPOE

It's not even 8AM and there's already lots of news, so let's get right to it. Adobe announced late Monday that it will no longer sell its Creative Suite software and focus instead on its $50/month Creative Cloud and other subscription plans. Scott Morris, senior...

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ANSYS beats some expectations, lowers others

ANSYS is in a no-win situation: reporting the best first-quarter revenue in its history, within its guidance for the first quarter but lower than some financial analysts had expected. Too, like many other tech companies, ANSYS lowered its revenue forecast for the rest...

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Quickies: Uncertain economy drags down March quarter

It's a busy week for earnings reports from engineering software companies. While I work on longer-form reports, here are a few quotes from my notes. Note that these are not 100% representative of the company's March quarter reports -- in other words, the full results...

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ESI falters, costs outpace revenue at year end

ESI yesterday provided more details on its results for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2013. As we posted after the preliminary announcement last month, total revenue was up 16% year/year to €109 million. However, the company's cautious outlook and...

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DS reports OK Q1, adds FE-DESIGN & Archividéo

Dassault Systèmes' earnings announcements are usually a welter of numbers, currencies, products, markets and geographies. Today, DS threw two acquisitions into the mix, too. Grab a cup of coffee and let's see what it all means. DS reports that the March quarter was...

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PTC reports decent FQ2, still tough out there

PTC just reported results for its fiscal second quarter (ended March 31) that show the company performed more or less as it predicted. But the rest of fiscal 2013 (through September) is going to be tough and so PTC moderated its revenue forecast for the next six...

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News you can use, 24 March 2013

Every week, I read dozens of news articles, technical publications, presentations and magazines about the world of engineering, software, manufacturing, infrastructure, business and IT. I tweet the most interesting links but realize that Twitter goes by so fast (and...

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AVEVA teases solid performance in FY13

AVEVA today tantalized financial markets with good news that sent its share price up 5%. Turns out that the last half of fiscal 2013 (ended March 31) wasn't awful. In fact, it was pretty good. The company says it continues to see good demand for its engineering...

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Quickies: Pricing Fusion 360, CENIT reports, COFES

It's been tough to concentrate this week, so we've finally wised up and are sticking to classical music and not news radio. Did you know that there is a big world outside Boston? And that much of it waltzes, minuettes and tangos? Time to get busy. We're starting to...

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Marathons and first responders – no PLM needed

You can't live in the Boston area without being aware of the Marathon. Packs of runners train on the course before the snow is gone, dodging cars and trying to avoid puddles of melted sludge. Streets are closed, snarling traffic and annoying drivers to no end. It's a...

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Myanmar highlights infrastructure opportunity

A fascinating article caught my eye earlier this week; it perfectly sums up all that is wrong with our infrastructure and the significant benefits if only we could summon the will (and cash) to fix it. The country of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has suffered...

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Open Like a Book: CAE

We are proud to announce that the following article written by Monica Schnitger appears in the April/May 2013 edition of Economic Engineering: Open Like a Book The roots of simulation software are in universities and government labs, where researchers developed tools...

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Bentley & Siemens tie plant design & automation

Earlier today, at the Hannover Fair, Bentley Systems and Siemens Industry Automation Division announced an extension of their collaboration -- this time for the process industries. Last November, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to integrate...

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Quickies: SolidWorks talks kernels, ANSYS acquires

There's never a dull moment, is there? Kernels and marketing 101 Earlier this week SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot took to the company blog to talk about the future of the core SolidWorks product, add-on offerings and which kernel will be used where. You may recall that...

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CD-adapco: physics, usability & performance

CAE user conferences, for me, are all about fighting to understand. I'm an engineer but not a scientist, so I'm usually OK in these very technical presentations until the equations start flying. Then I can easily veer off-track as I try to figure out what's important...

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ExOne wants to displace traditional manufacturing

I discovered ExOne earlier this year, when I did a quick survey of the 3D printing universe for a client. ExOne's rapid prototyping machines use glass, sand and metals in a binder jetting process that (the company says) is faster and can make larger prototypes than...

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Exa ends year on weak note, looks to growth in F2014

Exa Corporation reported lackluster results for the quarter that ended January 31, 2013, but says that business has already picked up, leading to optimism for fiscal 2014. CEO Steve Remondi told investors that the budget delays seen in FQ4 are largely behind them and...

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Bentley ‘hits stride’ and $550m in revenue

Bentley Systems today gave a glimpse into how the company fared in 2012 and what it thinks 2013 will hold. Bentley is privately held so this disclosure is unusual but, as CEO Greg Bentley told us, his customers prefer a company without drama. It would appear that they...

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