Siemens snaps up CD-adapco for a cool $1 billion

Siemens snaps up CD-adapco for a cool $1 billion

The rumors are finally confirmed: Siemens PLM is acquiring CD-adapco for $970 million. For those keeping track, that’s about a 5x revenue multiple. ADDED after this blog was first published at around 2PM ET on 25 January 2015 because people were asking for a bit...
#SEU15: Invention and drawings

#SEU15: Invention and drawings

The theme for the latest Solid Edge release, ST8, is “Design Without Boundaries”. I don’t think the team at Siemens could have predicted how wildly appropriate it would be at this year’s Solid Edge University (SEU). SEU is a typical user event: a lot of tactical...
Siemens PLM Catchbook is the tip of the iceberg

Siemens PLM Catchbook is the tip of the iceberg

Siemens PLM is big, really big, with thousands of employees, dozens of product lines, 8 target industries, and lots of messages to convey in a 3+ day-long analyst event. I’ve been trying to come up with a single theme, or story to tell that ties it all up neatly for...
Siemens Automation Summit: Big data is a big goal

Siemens Automation Summit: Big data is a big goal

I’m in hot hot hot Las Vegas for the 20th annual Siemens Automation Summit and hear it’s the best yet. The typical “we’re all getting older” grumbling is mixed with quite a bit of “I used to know everyone, but I don’t...
Siemens PLM CONX ties together users, systems and products

Siemens PLM CONX ties together users, systems and products

I’ve been on a quest to find out where designs come from and one thing is clear: nothing is ever created in a vacuum. A good industrial designer will look at what else the prospective buyer might have on his desk, so that the new ergonomic mouse fits into the...
Reaching that one customer in a PLMish landscape

Reaching that one customer in a PLMish landscape

I’ve attended a lot of engineering software company events over the last 6 weeks or so and find myself wondering: how can these vendors balance serving their long-term core user bases even as their offerings branch out and get more complex? The story gets harder...
Siemens targets oil & gas from all angles

Siemens targets oil & gas from all angles

Have you ever had so much stuff that you’re not sure what to do with it all? Maybe your closet is overflowing, or your spice rack or bookshelf … It’s all great, but there’s no cohesiveness to it, no plan, no way that the bits sum up to something more than the...
Siemens adds Camstar to its digital enterprise vision

Siemens adds Camstar to its digital enterprise vision

Siemens announced yesterday that it is acquiring Camstar Systems, a provider of manufacturing execution systems (MES) to the electronics, semiconductor and medical device industries. Camstar is a privately owned company of 230 people, headquartered in Charlotte, North...
Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

Siemens goes big at SMM in Hamburg

You probably don’t know this, but my family lived in Hamburg, Germany, when I was little. Some of my best memories are of going with my Dad to the Port of Hamburg and crawling around ships with him on a Saturday. Memories are tricky, though: I probably got to do...