CAE bottlenecks are moving

I’ve recently been focusing on CAE: who is using cutting-edge tools, why, where they seeimprovements, where they still have issues. One theme that keeps coming up is that thebottlenecks are no longer where they used to be. As compute power increases to the...

PLM stocks battered on Wall Street — why?

So everyone knows that the US Congress on Monday failed to vote to pass a $700 billion billto bail out the financial markets. Whether you’re for or against the bill is irrelevant; its failureto pass cost investors $1.1 trillion. Almost twice what the bill would...

Solidworks, Dassault Systèmes and PTC — Oh my!

It’s been an interesting week. Like you, dozens of emails and press releases cross my desk every day, some of which are far more relevant and interesting than others. Of interest: Bernard Charlés appeared for the first time ever at a SolidWorks-sponsored event – and...

Cool stuff in Pittsburgh

ANSYS held its bi-annual user event in Pittsburgh last week – Pittsburgh in late August? -forroughly 800 customers, staff and investors from 30 countries. Quick take: ANSYScustomers do cool stuff, use cool tools and are excited about the possibilities the...

MSC Q2 earnings release provides some unusual factoids

MSC Software, like most public companies, provides information in its quarterly earnings releases that leave analysts wondering why a particular nugget was worthy of inclusion. Since all information provided is fair game, following are a few additional conclusions...

ANSYS glitters — again

ANSYS once again announced results that beat expectations – for something like the 50thtime in a row. ANSYS reported Q2 2008 revenue of $111 million, up 21% from a year ago(and not including any contribution from Ansoft, which closed after the quarter ended). On...

MSC Software reports a mixed bag for Q2 2008

On August 5, 2008, MSC Software reported revenue of $64.4 million, up 6% due primarily togrowth in the maintenance revenue stream, with a quarterly profit that topped Wall Streetexpectations by a penny – yet the share price declined 20 cents. Clearly, investors...

Autodesk gives first look at Plassotech integration

You may remember that Autodesk expanded its footprint into CAE with the acquisition of Plassotech just about a year ago. At the time, Plassotech had a small but devoted following; many thought its CAE solutions were on par with more established, extensive offerings...

And the big get bigger

What did I write last week about the opportunity in PLM for small companies to innovate — and ultimately be gobbled up by a giant? Dassault Systemes announced yesterday that it was buying Engineous Software, a “market leader in process automation,...