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...
Hexagon’s Q3, Shell & rentals

Hexagon’s Q3, Shell & rentals

While I was wandering in East and North Yorkshire, 3D Systems, Accelrys, FARO, Hexagon, Nemetschek and other companies announced results for the September quarter. Time for recaps so, first up, in keeping with the Plant/Infrastructure theme we have going, let’s...
Autodesk Fusion 360 – it’s here!

Autodesk Fusion 360 – it’s here!

A couple of weeks ago, Autodesk formally released Fusion 360, the not-at-all secret CAD product the company has worked on for the last couple of years. If you remember, the company showed off a pre-Beta version of the product at a Design Slam contest at AU about 6...
Autodesk links PLM and ERP, buys Tinkercad

Autodesk links PLM and ERP, buys Tinkercad

PLM 360 + NetSuite = Control for SMBs? Last week, Autodesk and NetSuite announced that they had entered into a strategic partnership to link Autodesk PLM 360 and NetSuite ERP, with the aim of offering PLM and ERP to small and medium-sized companies that might have...
Quickies: Pricing Fusion 360, CENIT reports, COFES

Quickies: Pricing Fusion 360, CENIT reports, COFES

It’s been tough to concentrate this week, so we’ve finally wised up and are sticking to classical music and not news radio. Did you know that there is a big world outside Boston? And that much of it waltzes, minuettes and tangos? Time to get busy....
Box.com tries cloud end-run for the AEC market

Box.com tries cloud end-run for the AEC market

I use cloud storage for all of the usual reasons: always-on access makes it easy for me to work wherever I am. I can collect the files relevant to a project in one place, create a backup of important works-in-progress and collaborate with others without emailing large...
Hexagon’s Q3, Shell & rentals

Autodesk reports bumpy FQ3

As you probably know by now, Autodesk missed its fiscal third quarter targets, citing a weakening global economy as undoing any gains made by its improved execution over FQ2. There were pockets of good and not so good — a lot like a bumpy flight across the US....
Hexagon’s Q3, Shell & rentals

SAP closes Ariba deal, focuses on cloud

SAP announced earlier today that it was raising its full-year revenue target as a result of strong software sales of its own products and with an extra boost from its acquisition of Ariba, which closed on October 1. All executives on the earnings call said that the...
Autodesk unveils cloud-y simulation

Autodesk unveils cloud-y simulation

Autodesk recently announced the availability of Simulation 360, its cloud-based CAE solution for designers, engineers and architects. This is the latest offering to take advantage of what CEO Carl Bass has called infinite computing, where unlimited CPU capacity is out...

COFES 2012: Clouds in the desert

COFES, the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, takes place in the Arizona desert each April. Usually, the sun is glorious, the birds sing, the rabbits hop and the 300 or so attendees scurry between sessions and meetings, with the occasional pause by a pool...