Category: Business/Financial

Feb 13 2008

SaaS – the killer app for CAD?

Evan Yares’ CAD blog alerted me to a great article by Brian Seitz among the COFES blogs. Brian asks: Is SaaS the Killer App for the CAD Industry?, suggesting that: “the business model most major CAD vendors operate under – market share and maintenance annuities – is showing its age.  It will not be long before an innovative …

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Feb 12 2008

INCITE = ThinkProject!

Just last week, I was discussing the state of the Australian AEC collaboration market. Following that conversation, I decided to have a look at what other domestic players in that market had to offer. Putting Aconex into context, I have already mentioned QA Software in the past (see 4 July 2006 post), so I examined what used to be …

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Feb 06 2008

Microhoo, Yasoft, Mi-hoo, etc …

Pity the poor analyst at Forrester Research who predicted last week that the wave of mega-acquisitions in the software industry was over for now (see InfoWorld article, for example), adding Microsoft will be ‘the least active’ in terms of acquisitions. Just days later, Microsoft announced a $44.6 billion unsolicited hostile bid for Yahoo (prompting suggestions of …

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Feb 01 2008

How big is the AEC SaaS market?

Suvendu, commenting on my first SaaS and construction collaboration in 2008 predictions post, asks “do you have an idea about the market size of SaaS for Construction industry?” I suppose the answer to the question depends upon how you define the market and then how you measure it…. So, sorry if this is quite a long answer…. …

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Jan 31 2008

Business Collaborator parent reaches agreement with Agresso

  According to a London Stock Exchange announcement this morning, the boards of Unit 4 Agresso and Coda plc (parent company of construction collaboration technology vendor Business Collaborator) have agreed the terms of a recommended cash offer for Coda, valuing the business at approximately £158m (see previous post). The strategic rationale is to create “a leading …

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Jan 17 2008

SaaS and construction collaboration in 2008

After Reviewing 2007, I started thinking about some predictions or trends for 2008. My first instinct was simply to repeat last year’s five, but that would be too easy. Instead, I have decided to update two, and add three new ones. Here are the first two (the others will follow over the next couple of days). …

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Jan 16 2008

Asite directors invest (2)

Just before Christmas, Asite COO Nathan Doughty and non-executive director Gordon Ashworth increased their stakes in the UK construction collaboration technology vendor. Today, another non-exec, Walter Goldsmith, purchased 150,000 ordinary shares at an average price of 3p per share, taking his total holding to 700,000 shares, representing approximately 0.68 per cent of the issued ordinary …

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Jan 14 2008

BC parent in takeover approach

According to a London Stock Exchange announcement today, Coda plc, the parent company of UK construction collaboration technology vendor Business Collaborator, has been the subject of a takeover offer from Dutch-based business software provider Unit 4 Agresso. The move values Coda at £157.8m, but “news of the talks could well attract competitive bids from rivals …

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Jan 02 2008

Reviewing 2007

Last year, I made five ‘Extranet Evolution’ 2007 predictions. Were they correct? 1. Growing acceptance and use of web-based collaboration tools within the UK construction industry It was something of a no-brainer. The continued revenue growth trends of the leading UK-based vendors shows there is a strong appetite for the applications. I was also encouraged by the …

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Jan 02 2008

More on Sword

After a blogging break over Christmas and New Year, I have started 2008 with another quick look at the Sword Group – which announced it had acquired construction collaboration technology vendor CTSpace on 21 December (see previous post). Reviewing the Sword Group’s offerings, it seems CTSpace will augment the parent’s existing enterprise content management (ECM) or document …

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