PP&M: Solving Complex Problems

My head is spinning after 2+ days at Hexagon’s first user conference since the close of the Intergraph acquisition. This is one complicated company!  First, a couple of general impressions, then some detail from the PP&M keynotes. I attended Monday’s investor...

Hexagon: €3.5 Billion by 2015

Hexagon held a Capital Markets Day for investors today and laid out its goals for the next 5 years — they’re ambitious but the company says they are attainable. And CEO Ola Rollén has a plan if there’s another recession. But before the financials, a bit of what...

Hexagon says 2011 off to good start

Hexagon AB today reported an 18% increase in organic revenue but a 77% increase when including last year’s Intergraph acquisition — which led to a near-doubling of reported earnings before taxes. Hexagon is a complicated business that, in the last year alone,...

Intergraph PP&M thrives

There are a lot more than six sides to Hexagon AB, the Swedish holding company that last year added Intergraph to its portfolio. Hexagon’s network of nearly 50 subsidiaries focus on measurement and design of objects as small as microchips and as large as power plants...

Shining the light on LIDAR

Laser scanning is hot. Process plant design software vendors such as AVEVA, Bentley Systems and Intergraph have long had partner programs to integrate LIDAR models into their design and operations workflows; Autodesk is now actively promoting it — and last month...

From the inbox

Today’s blog post is a mishmash — none of it worthy of an entire post but all in answer to emails you’ve sent:Why doesn’t this blog allow comments?There is too much incivility on the web — not that you, personally, would be rude or disruptive, but that guy...

GIS in a 3D explosion

There’s a lot going on in the GIS space but for those of you who don’t follow it, here’s a quick refresher. GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems; this technology is also often known as “geospatial”. GIS’ analytical tools enable uses to associate data and...

AVEVA details half-year, changes CFO

AVEVA Group last week gave more details on its performance for the six months ended September 30 2010. The company last month hinted that its end-markets are still recovering from the global economic meltdown, and that progress to a more normal economic state is...

Earnings: AspenTech, Hexagon, Nemetschek

We’re in the midst of earnings season; keeping up is proving more challenging than usual. Here are a few quick thoughts on recent reports: •Aspen Tech announced results today that show continued momentum from fiscal 2010 (ended in June).  For the first quarter, Aspen...

Done Deal: Intergraph is now a Hexagon company

Yesterday, while we were busy trying to digest all Dassault Systemes’ earnings and PTC’s Creo announcement, Hexagon quietly closed its acquisition of Intergraph. Back in July, Hexagon announced that it wanted to acquire the US-based seller of plant design and...