Why so many CADs? And can I switch between them?

Why so many CADs? And can I switch between them?

Why so many CADs? And can I switch between them? I am often asked, especially by people who are new to the CAD world, what the differences are between all of the CAD tools on the market. What’s the best? And what happens if I don’t like the product I...
Hexagon’s 2020 showed sequential improvement — should continue in 2021

Schneider Electric reports Q4, talks AVEVA

Schneider Electric reports Q4, talks AVEVA Schneider Electric reported Q4 results today — you can see them in full here — that also touched on how important AVEVA is to the overall product menu. A couple of nuggets from the press release and investor call...
Hexagon’s 2020 showed sequential improvement — should continue in 2021

ESI’s 2020 results show continued improvement

ESI’s 2020 results show continued improvement ESI yesterday announced preliminary results for its fiscal fourth quarter — and they show sequential improvement that leads CEO Cristel de Rouvray to moderate optimism for the year ahead. First, the results: In...
Altair acquires Flow Simulator & Autodesk acquires Innovyze

Lectra to buy Gerber Technologies

Lectra to buy Gerber Technologies This is big: Lectra has announced that it plans to acquire Gerber Technology for “an upfront payment of 175 million euros – through a combination of cash and debt – plus 5 million newly issued Lectra shares to … Gerber...
Hexagon’s 2020 showed sequential improvement — should continue in 2021

Nemetschek closed out 2020 with “very positive” Q4

Nemetschek closed out 2020 with “very positive” Q4 Nemetschek released preliminary results for Q4 this morning and said that it “closed the fiscal year with a very positive fourth quarter” that enabled it to meet its raised annual target for...
Hexagon’s 2020 showed sequential improvement — should continue in 2021

PTC blew past forecasts in FQ1, raises guidance for year

PTC blew past forecasts in FQ1, raises guidance for year PTC reported results for its fiscal first quarter of 2021, ended December 31, 2020, last night — and they were pretty darned good. Before we get too excited, though, it’s important to note that...
Mostly OT: 5 on a Friday

Mostly OT: 5 on a Friday

I can’t remember the last time I did one of these –and perhaps they are totally not cool anymore, but then, neither am I. Here are 5 things that defined my week, including a couple of PLMish bits at the end: 1. The Inauguration, no surprise, was a big part...
Altair acquires Flow Simulator & Autodesk acquires Innovyze

Cadence to acquire NUMECA

Cadence to acquire NUMECA And the consolidation continues. Cadence announced this morning that it will acquire NUMECA, maker of the OMNIS CAE framework (though you probably know it for its FINE/Design3D optimization solution and its FINE/Marine virtual towing tank/CFD...
Totally OT: Honoring MLK

Totally OT: Honoring MLK

I wrote the piece below in 2014 and can’t believe how much has happened since then — and, but, how little progress we’ve made in making the world a more equal place. Dr. King’s message was simple: all people are created equal and it’s our...
Altair acquires Flow Simulator & Autodesk acquires Innovyze

CGTech, Vericut now part of Sandvik

CGTech, Vericut now part of Sandvik I hope you had the opportunity to unwind and relax as 2020 came to a close. Let’s hope 2021 is a much kinder year! To start off the new year, a quick update: While we were pondering New Year’s Eve cocktails, Sandvik...
From our bubble to yours …

From our bubble to yours …

There’s no doubt: 2020 was hard. We made it this far, though, and look forward to meeting up with you in person in a 2021 that’s better in every way!
Will PTC+Arena = SaaS dominance in PLM? Maybe

Will PTC+Arena = SaaS dominance in PLM? Maybe

Will PTC+Arena = SaaS dominance in PLM? Maybe A lot of you have been in touch to talk about PTC’s announced acquisition of Arena Solutions. Why do this deal? What’s in it for PTC, Arena, and for their customers? What happens to Arena’s PLM where it...