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SofTech: sequential increase

Ahh, earning season. Get ready, ‘cause here we go. By all accounts, 2011 wasn’t bad -- global economies were tense, foreign exchange rates were unpredictable, wars continued and natural disasters too, but consumers kept buying because ... that’s what they do. Over the...

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Autodesk & Pitney Bowes partner for AEC

Earlier this week, Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Software announced a strategic alliance to “help infrastructure owners and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) organizations make more informed decisions and drive greater efficiencies across the plan, design,...

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Now THAT’s customer service

Most of you know that I’m an Apple fangirl. I’ve admired their product design concepts, ease of use and ability to make mundane tasks more fun ever since the first Macs hit the market back in the 1980s. I’ve never had much to do with the company other than at the...

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ADSK supports T-Splines for Rhino/SolidWorks

Just before the year-end, Autodesk announced that it had acquired the technology assets of T-Splines, Inc., patent holder of the T-Splines surface modeling technology. Many people emailed and blogged their fears that this would spell the end of the popular T-Splines...

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SofTech’s reinvention continues

Welcome back! I love how quiet the world gets around the end of each year, with even junk email slowing to a trickle. Then the new year starts, full of bustle and purpose. A lot of news tends to get lost in that transition so I’ll try to get us all caught up over the...

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Quick Update: Autodesk’s T-Splines

Earlier on Thursday, Autodesk announced that it was acquiring some of the assets of T-Splines, Inc., patent holder of the T-Splines surface modeling technology. The news release raised more questions than it answered, and we reached out to Autodesk to see if we...

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Autodesk acquires T-Spline tech

Autodesk’s buying binge is not over yet for 2011, as the company announced early today that it has acquired “certain technology-related assets from T-Splines Inc., a privately-held surface modeling software company ... Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”...

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ESI reports Q3 revenue up 10%

ESI Group reported today that third quarter 2011 revenue was €17.6 million, up 10% both as reported and in constant currencies on strong demand for its services offerings.  ESI CEO Alain de Rouvray said that the third quarter results “show the offensive and defensive...

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ESI announces Efield acquisition

Last month, ESI Group said that it had opened a 7-year, €30 million credit facility to help fund its acquisition strategy -- and today we learn of the second* deal under the new financing arrangement: the acquisition of Efield, a Swedish supplier of electromagnetic...

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A peek at the new DS North America Campus

Yesterday was the formal unveiling of the new Dassault Systèmes campus in Waltham MA, about 30 minutes from my office. Waltham lies on what used to be known as “America’s Technology Highway” (Route 128) in the 1980s, a ring road about 15 miles outside of Boston....

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AU Innovation Forum: Everything Changes

Last week, right about now, Autodesk was unveiling its PLM solution for the manufacturing market in an Autodesk University session called “Everything Changes”. I was fortunate to have been invited to speak at the session, along with Oleg Shilovitsky, Randi Zuckerberg...

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Quick notes from Autodesk University

If you follow my twitter feed (@monica_schnitge), you’ll know that I’m one of 9,000 attending the 2011 edition of Autodesk University in Las Vegas. Days are crammed, so this has to be brief, but there’s a lot going on: • Autodesk formally entered the PLM fray, after...

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Bentley showcases ‘extreme infrastructure’

Earlier in November, I was fortunate enough to attend Bentley Systems’ Be Inspired event in Amsterdam, where Bentley showcases the customer finalists in what could be termed “extreme infrastructure” --plants, buildings, roads, construction, utilities-- competing for...

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3D Systems acquires Z Corporation

The consolidation train keeps rolling.Stay with me now: Ratos AB of Sweden announced that its Danish subsidiary, Contex Group, signed an agreement to sell its subsidiaries Z Corporation and Vidar Systems to 3D Systems Corporation for about $137 million. Contex will...

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Cimatron: new license revenue up 18% in Q3

Last week, I briefly noted that Cimatron had reported Q3 revenue of $9.6 million, up 10% from the $8.7 million reported last year. Here are a few more details about what actually was a really good quarter for Cimatron: License revenue was 42% of total, or $4.0 million...

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Autodesk Q3 revenue up 15%

Autodesk's FQ3 earnings announcement yesterday surprised a lot of people, coming in well ahead of analyst estimates and near the top of its own earlier guidance. There had been concerns over Europe, the channel and how buyers would react to the suites offerings, but...

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AVEVA revenue up 9% in H1 2012

AVEVA today announced results for the six months ended September 30 that were both true to the the upbeat tone of last month’s interim statement’s and cautiously optimistic about the future. The results mirror what we’ve come to expect in the engineering software...

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Rand FQ1 slightly under expectations

Rand Worldwide today reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2011, with revenue of $22 million coming in slightly below expectations, but up from $17 million last year (though not an apples-to-apples comparison due to the closing of the...

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Quick update: Siemens/Vistagy, CENIT, Cimatron

I was away from the office all of last week, attending Bentley's Be Inspired event in Amsterdam (more on that soon) and sitting in on meetings in London, but the world of engineering software kept going. Here's news you might have missed: Siemens PLM to acquire...

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