AspenTech feels the pain of license transition

Aspen Technology, a company you don’t usually see me writing about, today announced results for its first quarter of fiscal 2010. AspenTech creates chemistry, process management and supply chain solutions for the oil and gas, chemical and other industries and is...

Boston Scientific gets innovative

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate to hear Boston Scientific speak about how it sought to build a culture of invention and discovery that leads its various businesses to successful new products. Randy Schiestl, VP R&D, and Jude Currier, cardiovascular...

ESI reports Q3 sales up 3% on strong growth in services

ESI Group reported reasonably good results for the third quarter today, as total revenue grew 3.2% to €13.8 million in what is typically the company’s weakest quarter. License revenue declined almost 6% to €8.5 million when compared to a year ago, slowing the steep...

Holiday Greetings: Efficiency, personalization, environment

This blog post on the Harvard Business Review site got me thinking. They point out that this time of year is hectic, and that holiday cards have a way of getting lost in the shuffle. Either we spend too many hours personalizing greetings, leading clients to wonder...

The SEC, ANSYS and deal ethics 101

My browse of the morning news turned up a Wall St. Journal story that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking at how brokers, hedge funds and others dealt with information about, among a dozen other deals, ANSYS’ acquisition of Ansoft.Before we all...

Hmm … CFD results via Twitter

Every so often, someone comes along and does something I honestly would not have thought of: Symscape, a UK CAE vendor, announced recently that release 2.0.1 of its Caedium product includes “the world’s first automated simulation telemetry system for posting...

2102: Reliable Plant says manufacturing returns to the US

Reliable Plant, an industry magazine for the manufacturing community, just came out with predictions for 2010. It’s a provocative piece and the predictions have interesting implications for the PLM community: 1) Production will return to the United States. The author...

Siemens AG has a tough quarter; what about PLM?

Siemens AG on December 3 announced dismal results for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended September 30, with total revenue down 9% to €19.714 billion. According to the company, “While the global economy showed increasing signs of stabilizing, capital investment was still...

AU Virtual: just like being there?

I’ve been to a number of Autodesk University events in Las Vegas, and can tell you that they are HUGE. Last year, around 10,000 people crammed into the convention center attached to the Palazzo and Venetian Hotels, attending the handful of keynotes, dozens of...

Keeping tabs on what people say …

Last weekend, a famous athlete was involved in a car accident that has many weird aspects. While all that ultimately matters is whether he or anyone else was seriously injured, the media has been buzzing about the lack of solid information about why he was out in the...

Twitter Top 10

As many of you know, I’ve been experimenting on Twitter: checking out what the PLM companies are doing (not much) and trying to figure out who is doing Twitter well, with a view to getting that out there so that everyone can start off strong. Here are my top 10 dos...

Update on IBM/Siemens PLM: it’s going well

My recent conversations with IBM about the change in its relationship with Dassault Systèmes naturally led to questions about how the closer integration with IBM and Siemens PLM is going. No details were provided but it does sound as though the partnership is at least...

IBM speaks: The DS/IBM PLM deal from another perspective

IBM still believes in PLM — but now sees a different way to interact with what it sees as a large, lucrative and diverse market. Its partnership with Dassault Systèmes is still strong, but the change in their business relationship allows IBM to enter a customer...

Q3: So, how did we do?

It’s always hard to create context around companies whose businesses, and business models, are so different but we can draw a couple of conclusions now that Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes and PTC have reported for the summer quarter: • Starting at the top: all three...

Autodesk rev flattening out, license up seq

Autodesk reported surprisingly solid results today, as FQ3 was the first quarter in 5 that showed sequential stabilizing in almost all categories of business, the exceptions being Asia Pac and Manufacturing. The outlook is improving too, as the company gave a modest...

Avatech sees sequential growth and returns to profit

Avatech reported today that there are signs that the US is in the early stages of a recovery that “could take some time,” according to President and CFO Lawrence Rychlak. The company still sees a tough sales environment in many areas, especially in Florida and...

AVEVA: Lower costs, resilience in oil & gas, cautious 2010

AVEVA Group gave further insight into its business performance in the last six months, reporting that revenue had declined 6.5% to £69.9 million as “challenging” market conditions affected its end-user markets. Though decline is markedly lower than that seen by other...

New alliance shakes up plant design CAD world

Intergraph and Autodesk announced today that they have reached an agreement that allows Autodesk to embed Intergraph ISOGEN into AutoCAD Plant 3D. ISOGEN, with about 50,000 users worldwide, is often considered the industry standard for the automatic production of...

Autodesk SketchBook Mobile nearing 1 millionth download

Autodesk’s Manufacturing business unit held an analyst event last week in Portland, OR. Lots of interesting stuff under non-disclosure that I can’t write about until we get the all-clear. Not under NDA is the fact that right about now the 1 millionth buyer will...