Hexagon gets into drones

Hexagon gets into drones

Hexagon just keeps getting more interesting. Started out as a fish cannery and parts maker, sold off those businesses and acquired sophisticated measuring devices and software, GIS and then Intergraph … Lots of acquisitions in between, but today Hexagon...
Working with your reseller isn’t about the transaction

Working with your reseller isn’t about the transaction

As you may know, I’ve been blogging over at the PTC Creo website every couple of weeks. This week’s post is all about how to get the most out of your relationship with your resellers. Yes, they sell you stuff, but the good ones are so much more than order...
Morning coffee: Valentines, sports, earnings and more

Morning coffee: Valentines, sports, earnings and more

Happy Monday! If you’re in the US, odds are you have the day off. Traditionally, you’d be out car shopping but you’re probably still in your jammies, watching the Olympics. Great men’s hockey game on Saturday, huh? Shame it had to be decided on...
Altair appifies CFD

Altair appifies CFD

We take a break from the streak of earnings and acquisitions to focus on CAE — specifically, CFD. Earlier this year, John Chawner of Pointwise highlighted a survey which found that “58% of engineers aren’t prepared for running CFD. Keeping in mind the...
ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

It’s been an interesting week. This is the second unanticipated deal to float into my inbox: hot on the heels of Intergraph adding GT STRUDL to its stable is ESI’s news that it has acquired CAMMECH (Cam Mechanical Solutions), based in Ho Chi Minh City,...
ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

MuM Q4 shows return to normal growth

Mensch und Maschine, Autodesk’s largest reseller in Europe and maker of the OPEN MIND line of CAM software, reported preliminary results for 2013 that showed the year finished strong. If you recall, sales had slowed during Q2, accelerated a bit in Q3 and,...
Morning coffee: Valentines, sports, earnings and more

Morning coffee: economy, earnings, deals & news

Welcome to a new week! Since we know you had an excellent weekend, overdosing on Olympic coverage, you forgot all that happened last week. Pour yourself a hot beverage and let’s do a quick recap. It’s the Economy … According to payroll data, the US...
ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

Quickies: DS announces Q4 results, Autodesk/Delcam closes

It’s a busy news day in PLMland, so the details will have to come later — but here’s what we know now. Dassault Systèmes reports that Q4 revenue was €565 million, essentially flat with last year and up 5% in constant currencies (cc). For the year,...
ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

3D Systems preannounces, shocks Wall Street

3D Systems Corporation today preannounced results for Q4 that sent its share price tumbling, down 20% at 11AM Eastern. The topline news is good: full year revenue is expected to be around $513 million, just below the midpoint of its prior guidance. Organic revenue is...
Look up … Look around … CAD+?

Look up … Look around … CAD+?

My second blog post went live yesterday over at the PTC Creo website. We’re continuing the discussion of whether you need a new CAD system and the pros and cons of switching, focusing this week on how today’s “CAD” systems offer so much more than you may...
ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

HUGE news: DS and Accelrys to merge PLM & chemistry

Dassault Systèmes announced today that it has signed a definitive merger agreement with Accelrys, the provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management (aka SILM) software for chemistry, biology and materials. Under the agreement, DS will make an all-cash offer...
ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

AVEVA hints at good Q3, is “performing well”

AVEVA today issued one of its periodic interim statements, press releases that don’t say much but hint a lot. The big headline: things are going well and conditions haven’t changed since the company’s November report. AVEVA said that business in...
ESI acquires CAMMECH as springboard in Asia

PTC’s Q1 call blends caution, excitement

PTC kicked off earnings in style last night, providing more details on the barebones announcement made in December with the acquisition of ThingWorx. The Internet of Things (IoT) was a big topic on the investor call as PTC continues to educate its investors about the...
Totally OT: Honoring MLK

Totally OT: Honoring MLK

Today the US stops (mostly) to remember and honor Martin Luther King, Jr. –known as MLK– for his work and legacy, redefining what it means to fight for the right to be equal. I was too little to remember Dr. King’s speeches from when he was alive but...
Google buys Nest for a cool $3.2 billion

Google buys Nest for a cool $3.2 billion

I’ve been nattering on about the Internet of Things (IoT) lately, in part because PTC snapped up ThingWorx last month. But I’m far from alone in finding the IoT interesting: yesterday, Google announced that it was acquiring Nest Labs, the people who...