Category: Business/Financial

Feb 26 2008

Business Collaborator now part of Agresso

The final stages of Unit 4 Agresso’s takeover of Coda plc, parent company of UK-based collaboration technology vendor Business Collaborator, are now being played out. A London Stock Exchange announcement today says that Unit 4 Agresso had declared its offer unconditional. As a result, an application had been made for Coda shares to be delisted …

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Feb 18 2008

CADaaS continued (2)

My musings last week (here and here) on CAD-as-a-Service have stimulated some interest, including a SaaSblogs post, and a comment from Rami Hamodah, who, quite rightly, suggests that “offering CAD-as-a-Service is much harder to do than offering business software-as-a-service such as CRM” and wonders how demand might be stimulated. CADaaS: not if, when To respond to …

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Feb 14 2008

CADaaS continued

Further to yesterday’s post, I (and several others) have commented on Brian Seitz’s initial article, and the comments and Brian’s responses make continued interesting reading. Scott Boutwell echoed my view about who might develop a CADaaS solution, asking ‘where are the major CAD vendors in this area of product development and future committment?’ As I commented, …

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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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