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Autodesk Shifts to Subscription Pricing Model

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Making the shift to subscription-only pricing, CAD/CAM developer Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, CA) is finding some bumps along the way in transitioning from standalone software licensing to subscriptions for its cloud-based commercial software. Similar to Adobe’s move a few years ago, Autodesk as of Feb. 1 switched to monthly subscription-only pricing licenses for new commercial software users. Full Article

2015 Industrial M&A: More Deals, Lower Value

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


There were more mergers and acquisitions involving industrial companies in 2015 while the value of individual deals fell, consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a quarterly report. Full Article

3D Systems to Post Up to $570M in Writedowns

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


3D Systems Corp. said today it will post a writedown of $510 million to $570 million in its fourth quarter financial results.The writedown is related to goodwill, an accounting term for the difference between what a company pays for an asset and its actual value. Full Article

Ford Driving Dreams to Launch in Houston with $100,000 in Scholarships

PRESS RELEASE-- Ford Motor Company


Houston, Feb. 8, 2016 – Houston Ford Dealers and Ford Motor Company Fund announced $100,000 in Ford Driving Dreams scholarships for eligible seniors in selected high schools across Houston interested in pursuing an education in science, technology, engineering and math.The $2,000-a-piece scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students graduating in 2016 and planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university over the period for which the scholarship is requested. Full Article

AMT: US Manufacturing Tech Orders End Sour 2015 With a Gain

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


US manufacturing technology orders surged in December while posting a sizable decline for all of 2015, the Association for Manufacturing Technology said today. Full Article

Cisco Buying IoT Developer Jasper for $1.4B

By Patrick Waurzyniak Senior Editor


With its $1.4-billion move this week to purchase Internet of Things (IoT) software developer Jasper Technologies (Santa Clara, CA), networking giant Cisco (San Jose, CA) will add a major asset to its arsenal in the race to compete in the world of enterprise IoT software. Full Article

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