Your dishwasher talks to the IoT; now what?

Your dishwasher talks to the IoT; now what?

PTC last month announced that it was acquiring ThingWorx, a company that develops and markets platforms to connect things to the Internet, an important step that enables makers of cars, dishwasher, industrial equipment and so on to monitor usage and better serve their...
Autodesk gets in on deal action with Circuits.io

Autodesk gets in on deal action with Circuits.io

If you’re keeping score, Autodesk didn’t make the first PLMish acquisition of 2014 –that was 3D Systems, last week– but the company didn’t wait long to get back in the game. Today, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Autodesk announced that...
Autodesk gets in on deal action with Circuits.io

Quickies: new year’s news round-up

Happy New Year and welcome back! So much happened as we swapped 2013 calendars for 2014 (and dealt with blizzards, ships stuck in the ice and goodness-knows-what) that we all need a bit of a recap. In no particular order: PTC made the last acquisition in the PLMish...
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PTC closes year with an IoT acquisition

Well, that’s cool. PTC may have won the prize for last acquisition in 2013, snapping up ThingWorx for $112 million plus a possible earn-out of up to $18 million. PTC’s press release says that ThingWorx, which markets a platform that enables companies to...
2014 is just around the corner so let’s recap

2014 is just around the corner so let’s recap

Hope you’re enjoying your year-end holidays! Skiing? Sunning? Playing? We’re still trying to unplug (but failing miserably) and recharge (naps, lots of naps) before 2014 arrives, so this blog is going to be short and sweet. 2013 was a year when some of the...
Happy holidays!

Happy holidays!

Phew. What a year! Exciting technology, interesting people and places, and lots of cool stories. We are grateful that you shared 2013 with us and look forward to working with you in the new year. May you and yours be happy and healthy next year and always. This photo...
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Siemens acquires TESIS PLMware, connects PLM & ERP

Siemens just announced that it is acquiring TESIS PLMware, known for integrating Siemens’ Teamcenter PLM solution with the alphabet soup of enterprise software: ERP, MES, CRM and SCM. (That’s enterprise resource planning, manufacturing execution systems,...
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Quickies: CAE earnings show fx, momentum effects

It’s been a busy Fall — and Winter is creeping up fast while there are still Q3 earnings to write about. Crazy, right?! We’re tackling them one PLM-subgroup at a time. Last up, AEC; this time, CAE. ESI reported yesterday that Q3 (which for them ended...
AU: Intersection of CAM, clouds and reality

AU: Intersection of CAM, clouds and reality

Autodesk University 2013 was a huge, loud, in-your-face explosion of all things related to making stuff. In this context, “stuff” could be manufactured goods, buildings, bridges, movies or just about anything else you could imagine. I’ve written a...
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Altair adds EMSS to its portfolio

Altair Engineering just announced that it is acquiring EM Software & Systems (EMSS), developer of the FEKO electromagnetic simulation suite. EMSS has actually been around since the 1990s but, as a South African company, has struggled to be known on an...
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Quickies: DS, 3D Systems, Hexagon buy; Exa reports

While I’m at AU with 10,000 of my dearest friends, the PLMish world keeps rolling with acquisitions and earnings. Early this morning, Dassault Systèmes announced that it has acquired an 84% controlling interest in Realtime Technology AG (RTT), a provider of what...
Quickie: ANSYS to acquire Reaction Design

Quickie: ANSYS to acquire Reaction Design

A very quick update to share some news I think is really exciting: ANSYS is merging with Reaction Design, maker of solutions for modeling and simulating certain types of chemical reactions. CHEMKIN, Reaction Design’s flagship products, is used by designers in...
Autodesk U — complete with dancing robots!

Autodesk U — complete with dancing robots!

Autodesk University is awash in superlatives: biggest, loudest, most diverse … And it really is. Nearly 10,000 people here in Las Vegas and another 20,000 or 30,000 tuning in online. Manufacturing, construction, architecture, movie-making, robots, drawings, oh...
Appreciating the good things

Appreciating the good things

Have you felt things slowing down this week? Yes, there’s news being made and lots we probably should be doing, but the email stream is slowing and the phone is ringing a bit less. The US celebrates Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November; the midweek...
Quickie: ANSYS to acquire Reaction Design

Quickies: Deal, partnership and more

So much going on! Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, the internet is abuzz with a very polite  puppy and our PLMish world is cranking through the news cycles. It’s raining and cold here in Boston, so a good time...
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Quickies: AEC earnings show upswing in construction

Time to catch up! Nearly 15 companies reported September quarter earnings while I was away, so to get a the general sense of what they’re reporting I’m going to be summarizing them all over the next few weeks. Today, we’re looking at AEC, the world...
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AVEVA’s H1 shows strength in design

AVEVA yesterday announced results for the six months ended September 30 that were both in keeping with the upbeat tone of the interim statement released at the end of the June quarter and the more cautious economic sentiments we’ve heard elsewhere, especially...
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PTC’s 2013 — what a difference a Q makes!

Sometimes you can hear glee over the phone wire, can’t you? At roughly the same time that Dassault Systèmes announced that it missed its September quarter objectives, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann was telling Wall Street that total revenue for the quarter was...
CAE Symposium highlights NX & LMS

CAE Symposium highlights NX & LMS

The past two weeks could not have been more different. Last week, Cincinnati’s working-class vibe; this week, Las Vegas’ glitz. The nuts and bolts of product design with a smattering of vision versus a lot of vision with the barest mention of product...