Quickie: Trimble acquires Viewpoint for $1.2 billion

Quickie: Trimble acquires Viewpoint for $1.2 billion

Just into my inbox: Trimble, makers of all sorts of software and hardware targeted at the broader AEC market is acquiring Viewpoint, which makes construction management software. More on this tomorrow, but Viewpoint fits perfectly (with some overlap) into...
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Quickie: MuM announces most profitable quarter ever

What trough? As a reminder, we look at Mensch und Maschine to gauge how resellers are faring as Autodesk transitions to subscriptions — and MuM is on the upswing with its Q1 2018 report. Per its announcement, “While the [proprietary MuM] Software segment...
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PTC’s FQ2 featured ‘strong’ CAD, PLM performance

PTC announced results on Wednesday that were, in a single word, impressive. Growth across most revenue categories, product lines, channels — and with positive outlook for the rest of 2018, too, which means no deals were pulled from the future into the fiscal second...
Siemens shines at Chicago’s DMDII

Siemens shines at Chicago’s DMDII

Siemens held another one of its innovation days a few weeks ago, this time at the UI LABS DMDII facility in Chicago. I’ve attended several of these at Siemens HQ in Munich; this was the first I’ve been to at a neutral site and the focus was completely different. In...
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Oracle + Aconex is a done deal

It was a long time coming because of all of the regulatory hurdles but Aconex is now a part of Oracle. A quick recap, and then why this matters even if you’re outside the typical AEC/construction world. Oracle has been acquiring to build out its AEC offering...
Quickie: Trimble acquires Viewpoint for $1.2 billion

ANSYS gets aesthetic with its acquisition of OPTIS

ANSYS just announced that it is acquiring OPTIS, maker of software that simulates light and human vision and, increasingly, solutions that enabled users to visualize real-world effects in a virtual setting. What does that mean? Lots of things. To take just one...
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ESI’s Q4 returns to license growth

You have spoken: you’re not fans of long blog posts that summarize a clump of earnings all at once, nor do you want to wait until the last of a bunch of companies publishes results to read the post. So we’re back to the old scheme, one company at a time....
Shipbuilding software provider SSI bought by exec team

Shipbuilding software provider SSI bought by exec team

This is cool — there aren’t that many providers of ship design software on the market and I’m a naval architect, soo it naturally caught my eye. This just hit the inbox, even though it reads as though it should have been sent a few weeks ago: As of...
Quickie: Trimble acquires Viewpoint for $1.2 billion

Hexagon moves further into construction tech

A couple of years ago, at a HxGN Live, Hexagon’s Process Power and Marine group announced its entry into BIM — but not BIM as the rest of the world understood it at the time, a design tool. No, PP&M was going to repurpose existing assets for the...
It’s Pi Day!

It’s Pi Day!

Yes, the Boston area is digging out from the third major storm in two weeks, much of the news is lousy and uncertain — but it’s Pi Day! Today is March 14, which the US writes as 3/14 or perhaps 3.14. Hmm. That looks suspiciously like the first few digits...
What the heck is CFIUS, anyway?

What the heck is CFIUS, anyway?

A few of you have written to ask why the approval of a US government agency called CFIUS held up the AVEVA/Schneider merger, and to ask why a US government body even cared about the combination of a UK-listed company and a Paris-listed company. Great questions;...
Quickie: Trimble acquires Viewpoint for $1.2 billion

Quickie: AVEVA+Schneider=DONE

Finally, finally: AVEVA announced today that at 8AM UK time on March 1, 2018 it more than doubled in size with the addition of Schneider Electric’s software people and products. Ex-PTCer Craig Hayman, as expected, took over as CEO last week and had this to say...
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10 things: PLMish earnings show confidence and growth

I’ve been recapping earnings for you for years but with the ready availability of the source materials it seems silly to just reproduce it all and make you hunt for my commentary. To make this more productive for you and for me, we’re trying something new: I’m...
Quickie: Trimble acquires Viewpoint for $1.2 billion

Quickie: Altair nabs ElectroFlo CFD for electronics cooling

Altair just announced that it has acquired TES International’s technology and intellectual property and hired founder Ben Zandi to lead its thermal solutions software development efforts. Dr. Zandi founded TES to address electronics cooling and today (yesterday?) the...
10 things I think I think: SOLIDWORKS World 2018

10 things I think I think: SOLIDWORKS World 2018

SOLIDWORKS World is always a spectacle of maker-ness, designers competing to out-SOLIDWORKS one another in design competitions and learn from one another. It’s, as one speaker put it, nerd-heaven. This year was the twentieth anniversary event and many attendees...
Quickie: Trimble acquires Viewpoint for $1.2 billion

This time it’s Siemens, acquiring Sarokal for IC testing

The pace of acquisition really doesn’t jibe with the news that capital is getting harder to come by. Either that, or all of these companies have seriously deep pockets. Today. Siemens announced that it place to acquire Sarokal Test Systems to continue the...