Quickie: Altair closes FEKO acquisition

Quickie: Altair closes FEKO acquisition

Altair said today that it finally closed the acquisition of EM Software & Systems (EMSS), first announced back in December 2013. I am trying to get details, but suspect roping in the South African company’s distributor offices in the United States, Germany,...
PTC Live: CAD, PLM, Services, IoT – lots of IoT

PTC Live: CAD, PLM, Services, IoT – lots of IoT

PTC had a tough balancing act last week at its Live Global event: act like a CAD and PLM company for the majority of the attendees, help a smaller but vibrant community of manufacturers develop their services delivery capabilities while also pulling us towards the...
How do you know when it’s time to update?

How do you know when it’s time to update?

I’m at PTC Live Global in Boston right now and we’ve had no lack of news: PTC announced an acquisition (Atego, more soon), Creo 3.0 and Creo Elements/Direct 19.0, agreements and collaborations galore. In today’s post over at the PTC Creo blog, I pick...
Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Welcome to a shiny new week! I’ll be at PTC Live Global, the first user conference that will feature PTC’s combo of CAD + PLM + ALM + SLM+ IoT + well, whatever other initials come out of it. Last year, we all learned about “servitization”,...

Quickie: Autodesk’s Derrek Cooper on NEi acquisition

If you recall, Autodesk didn’t really say that it had acquired certain assets of NEi Software last month — the news leaked out as customers found out from NEi partners and resellers. Last week, Autodesk’s Derrek Cooper blogged about it and gave some...
Quickie: Altair closes FEKO acquisition

Mining heats up: Trimble acquires MIS

As you know, I was at Hexagon’s user conference, HxGN LIVE, last week, where mining was featured as an emerging market for Hexagon’s offerings. Hexagon’s team told investors that mining is an underserved industry, technologically, and that even in...
SIMULIA SCC highlights simulation in an enterprise context

SIMULIA SCC highlights simulation in an enterprise context

It took an entire day, but Dassault Systèmes (DS) finally got its point across during the last session of day one at the SIMULIA Customer Conference 2014: the 3DExperience platform may be new, but is comprised of the same Abaqus CAE, iSIGHT, Tosca and other products...
Solid Edge U showcases cool toys and happy customers

Solid Edge U showcases cool toys and happy customers

It’s a sleepy Tuesday morning in Atlanta. Siemens PLM and Solid Edge welcome us to the latest iteration of Solid Edge University, etcetera etcetera etcetera. Just as we’re settling in for some serious corporate presentations, in zooms a guy on a go-kart...
Musings on analyst craftsmen and the rest of the world

Musings on analyst craftsmen and the rest of the world

Many old-school simulation experts are craftsmen, honing their meshes and input decks to fine precision. That competence is often stashed in simulation centers of excellence that act as internal service bureaus for project teams — great for the kind of...
Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Morning coffee: BRIC troubles and Reading Rainbows

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend, and forgot all about work. Let’s get caught up with recent news. It’s the Economy … The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were the engines of the world’s economic growth and a huge target of opportunity...
Quickie: Altair closes FEKO acquisition

Exa’s Q1 falls short — but for a good reason

Exa announced Q1 results on Thursday that were good, not great. Revenue was just under $14 million, at the low end of the company’s guidance but still up 10% year/year (y/y). Exa CEO Steve Remondi told investors that a few passenger car and heavy vehicle...
Quickie: Altair closes FEKO acquisition

Autodesk’s Q1 a study in moving parts

There’s been no shortage of news from Autodesk lately, what with new licensing options, acquisitions, 3D printing and an RV touring the US*, so it’s no surprise that the Q1 earning call tried to put it all in perspective. CEO Carl Bass addressed the 3D...
Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Morning coffee: deals, cars and snowmelt. Yup.

So here we are, just a few days from June. Where does the time go? It’s full-on user conference season so there’s more to cover than ever — let’s get right to it. It’s the Economy … … And it continues to send and receive mixed signals....
Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

Today is Memorial Day, when the US pauses to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to the country. Unofficially, it’s also the long weekend that kicks off summer, when many people eat too much at the first cookout of the season. If you’re...