Altair’s building something big

Last week, I spent several days with Altair and its customers in Orlando — I’m not sure how, but I’ve managed to miss all previous HyperWorks user conferences and was excited to see what Altair is all about. I came away very impressed, both with the...

Bentley shows what’s possible

Let’s just get it out there: I love user conferences. The marketing hype, neat stuff in the vendor/sponsor area, new product announcements, a motivational speaker … the whole thing. The best part, though, is hanging out with users. I talk to users all year long...

COFES 2011: desert, ideas and horses

For those who have never attended, COFES is hard to describe. It’s a mix of conference sessions, facilitated discussions and informal chats that disrupt those poor folks who came to a resort in the Arizona desert for sun and swimming pools. It’s not about product...

Autodesk simulating forward

I had the chance recently to talk with Autodesk about its plans for CFdesign, the evolution of Autodesk’s simulation portfolio and how the Blue RIdge Numerics team adds significant gravitas and expertise to drive the whole forward. Scott Reese, Sr. Director of the...

Nemetschek “Back on Track”

Nemetschek, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of solutions for architects and the building industry, reported today that revenue in 2010 grew by 10% to €150 million. This returns the company to 2008 levels — and the outlook is good, meaning that Nemetschek, at...

SGI blows by expectations

My morning news troll turned up the fact that shares of SGI, maker of servers and data storage hardware, are up nearly 20% in pre-opening trading. Why? Because SGI reported results yesterday that are making traders giddy: SGI believes it is benefitting from an upswing...

News bits: 3D, clouds and more

Still trying to catch up from nearly a month of personal and business travel, so here are a few interesting things from my overflowing in-box: Autodesk commissioned a survey of online consumers that showed that the majority prefer to examine potential purchases in 3D...

SGI 1 year later

Schnitger Corp. doesn’t normally cover the financial releases of hardware companies but this one is special: SGI announced financial results on August 31 for its first full year under Rackable’s ownership. (If you recall, Rackable bought SGI and promptly changed the...

It’s a wrap: Siemens PLM Connection

Just back from several days at Siemens PLM Connection, the company’s user-run annual conference. This year’s theme was managing complexity: globalization, regulations, competitive pressure — each layer adds more information, more requirements, more team members...

Highlights from Autodesk’s Investor Day

Update: Autodesk held its annual Investor Day today. The event was 4 hours long, so these are some of the tidbits I found most interesting: • Autodesk says that FQ2 business is good and is raising the bottom end of its second quarter business outlook from revenue of...