Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Happy New Year! May 2016 bring you nothing but happiness, health and prosperity! It’s starting the way 2015 ended: with news of acquisitions and divestitures. Nemetschek says that it has concluded its acquisition of all of the shares of Solibri. You may remember...
Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Nemetschek adds Solibri to its BIM offering

Do you BIM? If so, you’ve probably heard of Solibri, soon to be a Nemetschek company. Solibri makes what could be called quality assurance solutions for BIM, validating that models meet specific country/region and project standards and performing...
AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

By any measure, Autodesk University is big. 800+ sessions. 10,000 attendees in Las Vegas and a lot more watching the web-streamed sessions from home, during and after the event. The Venetian and Palazzo complex filled to overflowing with design techies of all sorts,...

Siemens acquires Polarion, gets further into ALM

Siemens just announced that its PLM unit is acquiring Polarion, makers of the eponymous Polarion ALM, Polarion QA and other solutions in a browser-based platform used by at makers of the myriad products that include software. Syncing software versions with...
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Autodesk expands into CPQ with Configure One acquisition

Autodesk just announced that it has acquired Configure One for its Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) offering, eponymously named Configure One. [Sorry to use configure 3 times in 1 sentence.] This is a big deal, as configure-to-order becomes more important in...
SimSci boosts process performance, profit

SimSci boosts process performance, profit

You likely know that AVEVA and Schneider Electric Software are poised to merge, assuming due diligence and regulatory hurdles don’t throw up insurmountable obstacles. What will that mean for plant designers? For engineering and construction companies? For asset...
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Field-to-office heats up, Trimble acquires PocketMobile

We need to get past the idea that design and engineering begin and end in an office, drawing room or lab; it’s time we joined much of the rest of  the business world by taking work to where it needs to be, even if that is outside the office. That’s enabled...
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PTC gets into AR with Vuforia acquisition

Interesting news — from the “I didn’t see this coming” department: PTC just announced that it is acquiring Qualcomm’s Vuforia business for $65 million. Vuforia makes augmented reality (AR) technology, which PTC says is “the...
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Altair snaps up Click2Cast

Altair just announced that it has acquired Click2Cast, adding both casting simulation and an office in Barcelona to its aresenal. Spanish Click2Cast developed what it calls a “revolutionary” mesh generator that begins with imported STL...
Autodesk nabs netfabb to boost 3D printing

Autodesk nabs netfabb to boost 3D printing

Not a dull week — not at all. Autodesk just stepped up its game in 3D printing by saying it intends to acquire netfabb, a German software company, and by making a strategic investment in netfabb’s parent company, FIT Technology. netfabb makes software that...