WSJ: Jittery Companies Stash Cash

The Wall Street Journal had a great article yesterday on the apparent hoarding of cash by America’s public companies. According to the piece, “in the second quarter, the 500 largest nonfinancial U.S. firms, by total assets, held about $994 billion in cash and short...

Virtual conference: as good as being there?

Last week I attended my first virtual conference: Powering the Computational Ecosystem.  From a technological, gee-whiz aspect, it was very cool:  On24, an online event producer, created a virtual conference venue, complete with lobby, exhibit hall and auditorium....

ANSYS hopes CAD+CAE = better CAE

So you’re a CAD company without an analysis capability or a CAE vendor without strong ties to any one 3D modeling engine. How do you compete with the integrated suites offered by vendors such as Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, PTC and Siemens? You partner. Last week,...

Five tips for writing the perfect press release

I see dozens of press releases in a typical week, and most are nothing special. Company A is proud to release product B; company X has selected vendor Y; so-and-so is named to powerful-position-Z. But some releases do stick out, leading to my top tips for writing...

The potential for CAE: 10 million licenses?

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is the rate of CAE penetration: how many possible users are there for CAE applications? How many of these are actually using CAE today? How is this likely to grow? Investors ask because they don’t necessarily understand...

More on ANSYS and MSC Q2 — are we at the bottom of the U? W?

MSC Software and ANSYS filed quarterly reports with the SEC on Friday, so we now have more information about each company’s Q2. Recall that MSC didn’t hold a conference call for analysts because of the pending acquisition by Symphony Technology Group; ANSYS did hold a...

ANSYS reports mixed Q2 and lower 2009 forecast

ANSYS reported second quarter results today that highlight the difficulties certain parts of the global economy continue to face. For Q2, ANSYS reported total GAAP revenue of $122.0 million, up 10% from $111.2 million in the second quarter of 2008 and up 5%...

CAE data management – the breakdowns

CAE data management has become a critical topic for many CAE departments — after all, tying together which CAD models were used as the basis for an analysis, the meshing technique and resulting mesh, the loads and constraints and the resulting data and...

And the market breathes a sigh of relief …

I’ve been wrong so often on pre-announcements that I waited this time until companies announce their earnings dates: ANSYS and PTC both announced today the dates and times of their June quarter earnings calls, which means that neither is likely to announce results...

Updated: ANSYS OK in Q1 but lowers 2009 guidance

ANSYS announced Q1 results today, with GAAP revenue of $116.3 million coming inslightly lower than the company’s earlier forecast of between $117 million and $129 millionbut still up from last year’s reported $109.5 million.Like everyone else in the...