Many signals positive as HEXA, NEMT and TRMB report

Many signals positive as HEXA, NEMT and TRMB report

We’ve recently heard from three of the main publicly traded players in infrastructure software and this week we start hearing from some of their main customers. It seems, therefore, like a good time to review what’s being said about the climate for...
Public infrastructure: what happens if we don’t invest?

Public infrastructure: what happens if we don’t invest?

Last weekend a huge storm dumped as much as 3 feet of snow on New England. Many municipalities put in place driving bans, which kept people off the roads and sped up snow removal. But when we all hit the roads on Monday, the traffic jams highlighted the huge problems...
Many signals positive as HEXA, NEMT and TRMB report

Quickies: Acquisitions news from the break

Welcome back! While some of us were out of the office, others were clearly hard at work and doing more than sipping eggnog. This week, we’ll try to catch up. Acquisitions didn’t seem to slow down one bit as the year rolled over, as a number of companies...
AU 2012: Everyone is a designer

AU 2012: Everyone is a designer

Another Autodesk University has come and gone, with its share of announcements and glitz. Around 8,000 of the Autodesk faithful converged on the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas to be inspired, learn about the latest developments in the software they rely on and...
Bentley Inspires and announces – a LOT

Bentley Inspires and announces – a LOT

  Come with me to a ballroom in Amsterdam. Candelabras, fancy place settings, soft lighting. The Bentley Systems team is all dressed up while the rest of us look pretty darned good, too. There’s a glittering stage  and a buzz in the air — this is the...
Trimble snaps up Vico for 4D/5D

Trimble snaps up Vico for 4D/5D

Trimble Navigation (an ever-greater misnomer) announced on Friday that it has acquired the assets of privately-held Vico Software, Inc.,  a provider of 4D and 5D architectural modeling software and consulting services. Trimble says this acquisition “extends...
Buy, buy, buy: DDD, Autodesk, Bentley, MSC, The Foundry

Buy, buy, buy: DDD, Autodesk, Bentley, MSC, The Foundry

I go away for a couple of days, and what happens: merger mania. We’ll dive into a one or two of these in more detail as the week goes on, but here are the high points: 3D Systems acquires a company with the coolest name ever: TIM, The Innovative Modelmakers...
Gemcom and GEOVIA, a tale of two brands

Gemcom and GEOVIA, a tale of two brands

During its earnings call last week, Dassault Systèmes (DS) continued to explain its vision of  moving beyond “product experience” (engineering and design), to the larger concept of 3DEXPERIENCE, which adds business intelligence and other apps to its offering in...
Oracle acquires Skire for project portfolio mgmt

Oracle acquires Skire for project portfolio mgmt

The big continue to get bigger. Last Thursday, Oracle announced that it was acquiring the assets of Skire, a Silicon Valley maker of capital projects management software for the process industries. I first ran across Skire about ten years ago at a Daratech Plant...

Hexagon goes Blom-y

Last week Hexagon AB, the parent company of Intergraph, Leica Geosystems and other brands you likely know if you follow engineering software, announced its intention to acquire 25% of the shares of Blom ASA for approximately €9 million. I held off writing about it...