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Roopinder Tara
Novato, California (near San Francisco)
CAD, CAM and CAE editor
Interests: Trail running so superior to marathons! I swim but it's more like thrashing. Most of my daydreams are of my time on a road bike.
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Following quickly on the heels of an interview with Autodesk CEO (soon to appear in engineering.com), we read about Autodesk most recent quarter. Though Andrew Anagnost and I spoke for an hour, he did reveal any mention of what may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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Scott Borduin, CTO of Autodesk once again. (Picture courtesy of Autodesk) Scott Borduin, acting CTO of Autodesk, after the departure of Jeff Kowalski, was told yesterday (August 21, 2018) that the position is his for keeps. Scott was previously CTO... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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It’s a good time to be Heppelmann, work at PTC, or be an investor. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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Most CAD insiders know Brenda Discher from Autodesk, where she was involved with launching one mechanical design product after another, starting with Mechanical Desktop, then Inventor and most recently Fusion 360. Discher recently made news for leaving Autodesk, where she... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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The company that was once the CAD leader continues to post losses but at a slower rate. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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You have to be at TEC Talk. If you’re not, they’ll talk about you. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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NVIDIA, a self driving technology company that may have overplayed its partnership with Uber (they had only sold Uber GPUs, not any automated vehicle systems) saw its stock plummet by as much as 10%, losing billion of dollars in valuation,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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For those who are keeping track, yesterday’s news about Autodesk’s quarter marked the 11th quarter in a row of losses for the CAD, CAM and CAE software giant. However, this includes a $94 million in restructuring costs. Last quarter, Autodesk... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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A blonde in heels will turn heads at any engineering event. Women are rare. But walking the aisles of SOLIDWORKS World, escorted by "user group guy" Richard Doyle, was no ordinary blonde. Here was Lynn Allen, Queen of CAD, entertainer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at The CAD Insider
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For the first few years of Amazon.com’s existence, it mostly sold books. Although it was successful in muscling into the book market, putting regular bookstores out of business, Americans were at the same time losing interest in reading books. Amazon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Autodesk’s stock looks like it fell off the edge. Share prices were down 20% this morning. This after the recent Q3 announcement that the company lost $120 million. You’ll be feeling bad if you are invested in Autodesk. You’ll be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Laid off office workers. Two on the end have received a good severance package. (Stock photo). Autodesk just announced that it will reduce its workforce by 1,150, or around 13%. The bomb was dropped in the company’s quarterly financial call,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Autodesk users who bought for keeps find themselves in a new class of customer. (Characters from Game of Thrones, picture from Overpowered Entertainment, meme created on ImgFlip.com) Users come to Autodesk University to sharpen their skills, learn from instructors and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Good morning, America… or is it? CEO Andrew Anagnost kicks off Autodesk University with thoughts of an overcrowded earth and the impending loss of jobs. Not yours, though -- if you pay attention. (Picture from Autodesk video of AU2017) Autodesk... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Last quarter results show SOLIDWORKS revenue way up, CATIA down. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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A great 4th quarter give PTC a 2% increase in revenue for the year, despite the losses for previous 4 quarters. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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In the first quarter under new leadership, you might have expected to see a turnaround in Autodesk’s predicament. Andrew Anagnost has been sole CEO since June. What is he waiting for? Seriously, Andrew has taken control of a rather large... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Sunnyvale, CA - the beating heart of the Silicon Valley. Lobby of the Plug and Play Center The Plug and Play Center, in Sunnyvale, CA, the beating heart of Silicon Valley, is the unlikely venue for a venerable CAE company’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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On my first visit to Autodesk, I look out the glassed-in lobby to see deer on the foggy hills of San Rafael. I immediately fell in love with Marin County, California’s little gem on the other side of Golden Gate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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My Outlook just crashed. Gone is a proposal I needed to work on. I boot my Window 10 computer for the second time today, once because of the Outlook crash and earlier, because… Well, it had just been a while,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Industrial revolutions, like political and military revolutions, cause upheavals. When you threaten to take away someone's lunch, they get angry. If there are enough of them and they get together, it can turn ugly. King Ludd, head of the Luddite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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Matt Lombard, who for the last 4 years has been writing copiously about Solid Edge and managing their online community for Siemens, will be going out his own again. His last day at Siemens was Friday, June 23, 2017. Matt’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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(picture courtesy of www.digitalefolien.de) If you study the internal structure inside the head of a human femur, cutaway above, you can see the variations of the internal structure. The structure is very dense inside the surface of the ball, where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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If your vision of sailing is being laid back on a deck, wind whipping through hair and accompanied by the sounds of gulls, sail flapping and waves lapping the hull, you’ll not believe what has become of competitive sailing. There... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at The CAD Insider
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It’s just too easy to see what someone else is doing wrong. It could be how they are raising their children, growing their crops…or in my case, how they are transporting their water. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing, if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at The CAD Insider