In my previous blog, I mentioned what we learned from our acquisition of Tetra4D. Now I’d like to share the positives we discovered. These are a few upsides we see already, but we expect more to emerge. Though we had to learn some lessons along the way, there haven’t been any serious downsides, just new and interesting challenges to grapple with. In short, I would absolutely do it again.
In a previous blog, I noted how incredibly rare it is for a company to give an honest assessment of how things panned out after an acquisition, both positively and negatively. In the heady first days, there is always talk of synergies, new markets, revenue growth, combined talents, etc. But we all know that things very rarely go exactly as planned, which means that there are surprises (of both the positive and negative variety) to learn from. If only those lessons were routinely and widely shared.
This is truly an interesting time in the world of design. How do I know? It’s the first time I can recall hearing smack talk since around the time of the first desktop CAD solid modelers.
During the first week of October I was in Munich, Germany. As you might expect, there were plenty of highlights. Drinking beer at Oktoberfest was pretty great. Attending a Bayern Munich match with a friend was fun. Working on 2015 planning with my Tech Soft 3D colleagues was fruitful.
In my last blog I talked about the challenge of holding two true (though seemingly opposing) views at the same time. These are a) your company is a great and special place, even while b) there’s much that needs improving.
Can a company be both excellent and in serious need of improvement? If we’re being honest, the answer is yes. It’s only a dichotomy if just one of them can be true at a time – and they are definitely not mutually exclusive.
A couple of weeks ago I was speaking with a fellow CEO, and the topic of executive coaches came up.
Dateline: 30,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean in that strange twilight created when traveling from Asia back to the U.S. - where you cross the international date line and “re-live” a calendar day. It’s the closest thing I know to time travel.
In my last post I mentioned how Tech Soft 3D is a harbinger of where engineering software is moving. We gain a big-picture perspective of the industry through our involvement with so many next-generation applications. While we can’t talk about what specific customers are doing with our HOOPS technologies until they ship their applications, we can share some macro trends that may be of interest.