Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

AEC acquisitions have been all the rage so far this year — and Trimble keeps the ball rolling with today’s announcement that it’s bought Fifth Element (no, that was a movie; this is forestry), based in Finland. Financial terms were not disclosed....
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble acquires Linear project to boost corridor planning

Trimble today announced that it has acquired Linear project GMBH, a privately-held provider of scheduling software for linear or corridor infrastructure projects –that’s highways, railways, pipelines, tunnels, transmission lines and similar built assets...
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble had a tough Q4, revenue down 6% y/y

Well, this is a bit of a shock after the mostly upbeat results we’ve been getting from engineering software companies: Trimble’s Q4 revenue was $564 million, down 6% and at the low end of the company’s guidance. Wall Street consensus was $579.4...
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble stretches into agricultural sales automation

Trimble announced today that it has acquired privately-held IRON Solutions to help automate farm operations by linking equipment dealers, seed and chemical providers to the grower’s ERP and CRM systems. That’s a very cool idea, and one that’s been...
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble adds maintenance, planning to its rail offering

The more I follow these companies, the more I realize how little I know about how the world around me works. Today, Trimble announced today that it has acquired Nexala, a privately-held company that makes enterprise solutions for railway operators. Like many big,...
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble acquisition boosts public safety offering

The AEC world continues to expand and contract at the same time, as the big providers branch out into new areas by acquiring smaller companies. Trimble is a perfect example, making more than 100 acquisitions since 2000 (spending over $3.2 billion in the process)....
Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Welcome to a shiny new week! I’ll be at PTC Live Global, the first user conference that will feature PTC’s combo of CAD + PLM + ALM + SLM+ IoT + well, whatever other initials come out of it. Last year, we all learned about “servitization”,...
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Mining heats up: Trimble acquires MIS

As you know, I was at Hexagon’s user conference, HxGN LIVE, last week, where mining was featured as an emerging market for Hexagon’s offerings. Hexagon’s team told investors that mining is an underserved industry, technologically, and that even in...
Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Morning coffee: manufacturing, earnings, ice and … tuna?

Wow, what a week! Let’s see: earnings, COFES, earnings, meetings, briefings … There’s lots more coming from me over the next few weeks about COFES and earnings but here are some highlights and news we all need to catch up on. It’s the Economy … Big...