PI Congress wrap-up: lots of PLM

PI Congress wrap-up: lots of PLM

Last week, I attended the Product Innovation Congress (PI Congress, for short), put on by MarketKey in a rather …unusual… hotel outside Chicago. This was the 2013 edition of last year’s PLM Innovation Americas conference, which focused a lot on PLM...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

It’s a holiday for some here in the US, but the PLMish world hardly slows down! First up, Dassault Systèmes announced that it had missed its Q3 targets, with preliminary data showing non-IFRS revenue of €496 million, €24 million short of the company’s...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

Hexagon’s snaps up AHAB for surveying

It’s only Tuesday and Hexagon has already announced two acquisition this week! Yesterday, it was mining and Devex; today it’s GIS and Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB), which develops and markets airborne laser survey systems for hydrographic (seabed) and...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

Hexagon expands mining footprint with acquisition of Devex

A new week, another acquisition. This time it’s Hexagon, which announced that it has acquired Devex, a Brazilian company that makes mine management and automation solutions. Hexagon says that Devex had revenue of 35 million Brazilian Real, about $16 million or...
Bentley expands offshore offering with MOSES

Bentley expands offshore offering with MOSES

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work on how the offshore industry does design and analysis (more about that soon, I hope) and have a deep appreciation for what goes into the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of these mammoth structures....
PTC levels up its global support offering

PTC levels up its global support offering

At PTC Live in June I had the chance to sit down with PTC execs to learn more about the company’s revamped services offering. I was impressed by what PTC is trying to do to grow its relationship with customers beyond a software sales transaction with some...
Autodesk says it plans relatively minor restructuring

Autodesk says it plans relatively minor restructuring

Autodesk just filed a form 8-K with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that says that the company is restructuring to reduce both staff and facilities — although it’s not saying how many people, from which parts of the business, or which facilities...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

Rand divests, focuses for fiscal 2014

Rand Worldwide, the Autodesk reseller and provider of proprietary solutions, just announced that revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30 was up slightly, but the accounting effect of the sale of its international operations led to a sharp decline in net income. The...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

TRIPLAN update: main shareholder sells

Last month, I caught up with TRIPLAN, the German provider of engineering services and software for the construction industry. If you remember, CROSS Informatik GmbH has been TRIPLAN’s majority shareholder since 2011 and, over the summer, announced a takeover bid...
Siemens PLM may be taking share — but we’re not sure

Siemens PLM may be taking share — but we’re not sure

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve been remiss. One of the highlights of September was the Siemens PLM analyst event held here in Boston about 10 days ago. I wasn’t, unfortunately, able to attend the whole thing but here’s what stood out...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

ESI Q2: strong BRIC, Europe can’t offset Asia & Americas

ESI Group reported second quarter results yesterday that highlight some of what we heard from other vendors as the summer progressed: currency movements continue to wreak havoc on year/year (y/y) comparisons and mixed global markets — with pockets of strength...
Software dilemma: pricing vs delivery

Software dilemma: pricing vs delivery

I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about the various models in play for selling/buying software. There’s a lot of attention on this since major vendors started playing with the choices they offer their customers, starting with Adobe. Earlier this...
Quickies: A sweet acquisition & more

Quickies: A sweet acquisition & more

A couple of quickies to start your day — and lovely pictures that will make you want to eat dessert first! 3D Systems announced yesterday that it has acquired a start-up that prints customized, multi-dimensional, edible confections from real sugar. The Sugar Lab...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

Quickie: Exa’s Q2 revenue up 7% but cautious

Exa Corp. today reported fiscal Q2 revenue of $12.7 million, up 7% as reported and up 10% in constant currencies. CEO Steve Remondi said in the press release that “the return to customer spending that we started to see at the beginning of the year continued in...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

Quickie: DS acquires Safe Tech

DS just announced that it has acquired Safe Technology Ltd., for its fatigue simulation technology, fe-safe. From the press release, “Safe Technology has been working closely with Dassault Systèmes and its SIMULIA applications for more than 15 years and in that...
Quickies: DS preannounces Q3 miss, Hexagon acquires

Trimble’s Connected Farm brings IT to ag

Trimble is going to have to change its name at some point, as its portfolio becomes less and less about Navigation. Yesterday, the company announced a pile of acquisitions and the début of the Connected Farm, all intended to help farmers optimize their businesses....
Solid Edge online store goes LIVE

Solid Edge online store goes LIVE

A quick update on a story that started at Solid Edge U earlier this summer: In order offer customers more choice in the way they buy their CAD software, Solid Edge today opened its online store. There, you can buy monthly subscriptions to several flavors of Solid...