Take a break and watch Engineering Happiness

I’m on a plane, making my way to the Dassault Systèmes 3D Experience Forum in Las Vegas. You, however, have Wifi so connect your speakers and groove to this lovely video: Bentley showed this last week at the start of the Year in Infrastructures Awards Banquet,...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

So, it’s 11 PM here in London, Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure winners have been announced (and they’re partying hard downstairs — congrats to you and all of the finalists; it was a tough, tough contest)  but back in the real world, PTC...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

ANSYS has a decent Q3 but disappoints on outlook for Q4

ANSYS just announced that revenue for Q3 was $234 million, smack in the middle of its guidance but still below Wall Street expectations, so expect the share to open down a bit today. Also likely to not help with the share price: Q4 guidance of $243.9 million to $251.9...
Quickie: London, bristling with infrastructure projects

Quickie: London, bristling with infrastructure projects

Yesterday marked the start of the 2014 edition of Bentley’s Year In Infrastructure conference. COO Malcolm Walter told us that he counted over 100 cranes while looking out the window at Bentley’s London offices –and I can see something like 20 from...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

MuM’s VAR business strong — own software, too

Mensch und Maschine Software, Autodesk’s largest European reseller but also a software developer in its own right, just announced Q3 results that were, well, darned good. Revenue was up 14% year/year (y/y) to €32 million. Revenue from the company’s own...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

DS reports solid Q3, led by direct channel & big accounts

Dassault Systèmes today reported results for Q3 that show its direct sales channel continues to perform well, growing the company’s presence within its largest customers. More analysis to come, but the highlights of the earnings release are: Total revenue in Q3...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

3D Systems warns, cites production delays not demand

3D Systems just announced that it now expects Q3 revenue of $164 million to $169 million, about $20 million shot of Wall Street’s expectations, and full-year revenue between $650 million and $690 million — far short of the $700 million to $740 million...
AVEVA World Summit highlights value of the digital asset

AVEVA World Summit highlights value of the digital asset

I was in Berlin last week, a fascinating city to host one of the plant/marine engineering world’s premier events: the AVEVA World Summit.  The Summit brings together designers, constructors, operators and owners from across the world and across industries, to...
Hexagon reports Q3 revenue up 12% including Vero

Hexagon reports Q3 revenue up 12% including Vero

About to dash to the day’s sessions at the Siemens CAE and Test Symposium, but thought you needed to know: Hexagon reports that net sales were up 12% to €648.6 million; excluding acquisitions (such as Vero) and currency, total revenue was up 8%. We’ll...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

Siemens adds Camstar to its digital enterprise vision

Siemens announced yesterday that it is acquiring Camstar Systems, a provider of manufacturing execution systems (MES) to the electronics, semiconductor and medical device industries. Camstar is a privately owned company of 230 people, headquartered in Charlotte, North...
Fall is here!

Fall is here!

Today is Columbus Day, the official height of leaf peeping season and, for some, a holiday. I’m heading to Berlin for the AVEVA World Summit, a 2+ day deep dive into the world of plant/ship design, construction and operation. I hope to see many of you there. But...
Nemetschek acquires Bluebeam for $100 million

Nemetschek acquires Bluebeam for $100 million

Did you think the week was going to go by without any acquisitions? Nemetschek squeezed this one in, just before the start of the weekend. The company just announced that it will acquire Bluebeam Software, maker of Bluebeam Revu and other AEC-focused PDF creation,...
PTC says FQ4 at or above expectations, restructures anyway

PTC says FQ4 at or above expectations, restructures anyway

Hot off the presses from PTC: Basically, PTC says that FQ4 revenue will be at or above the high end of earlier guidance ($340 million to $355 million), and that Axeda will add another $4 million to $5 million in revenue on top of that. Even so, the company last week...
MSC’s Apex rising to simulation’s challenges

MSC’s Apex rising to simulation’s challenges

What do we most often hear, when talking to people about why they don’t do simulation, or don’t do more simulation? It’s usually one of more of three things: It’s too hard and experts are too expensive (or not needed constantly, so it’s...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

Rand’s FY14 up on all counts, buys back LOTS of shares

Rand Worldwide, one of Autodesk’s largest resellers and a provider of technology solutions in its own right, yesterday announced results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. Total revenue was $92 million, up 11% over the prior year (y/y), led by product...
PTC beats Q4 expectations; disappoints on F15 outlook

Bentley acquires SITEOPS civil / site design

Need to plan a new housing development or retail site? Bentley Systems last week said that it has acquired BLUERIDGE Analytics for its SITEOPS, a site engineering product that allows civil engineers and site planners to look at a piece of land and simulate its use:...
It’s good to be SolidWorks

It’s good to be SolidWorks

New releases are funny things: companies pour their hearts into delivering bug fixes and new features that they hope will make customers happy, yet many customers don’t even know about most of the new features/fixes — they’ve found their favorite...
Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

You probably don’t know this, but my family lived in Hamburg, Germany, when I was little. Some of my best memories are of going with my Dad to the Port of Hamburg and crawling around ships with him on a Saturday. Memories are tricky, though: I probably got to do...
Direct, parametric — better together?

Direct, parametric — better together?

Debating the merits of direct and parametric modeling is all the rage. Is one better than the other? Which one should you use? Are you doing something wrong if you’re not using [direct|parametric], if you’re using [parametric|direct] now? No, depends,...