Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) was the thread that ran through
most of the recent Energy Information Technology Conference. The Edison
Electric Institute, American Gas Association, and Platts sponsor this
annual meeting of utility IT managers.
This year's meeting featured sessions on Sarbanes-Oxley compliance,
outsourcing, CRM, simulation, and IT spending trends, but the key
strategic direction for IT in these companies is to improve their business
performance through the effective capture and use of real-time and
historical performance information.
In a recent ARC Insight, Senior Analyst Harry Forbes says,
"Indicative of this trend toward real-time information was the
presence of suppliers with a strong real-time focus such as Matrikon, who
have applied their alarm management and integration products to the power
"Other conference exhibitors," Forbes says, "included
Enterprise Asset Management suppliers Indus and MRO Software, Siemens New
Energy, and Symantec, who introduced a new network security offering
targeting SCADA installations."
===== COMPANY NEWS & BRIEFINGS =====
By Craig Resnick
Moldflow provides simulation and software solutions to enhance the
automation and optimization of the plastics injection molding design for
manufacturing processes and improve the manufacturing productivity and
profitability of plastic products.
Its customers are primarily in the automotive, medical, electronics,
consumer goods, material supply, equipment supply, consumer products,
medical devices, and molding industries. Its revenues of $36.6 million for
fiscal 2003 were 4 percent above fiscal 2002, putting it in the position
of having $52.1 million in cash and marketable securities on hand and no
This cash position has allowed Moldflow to make recent acquisitions,
including Côntrole de Processus Industriels, a provider of production
monitoring systems to the French plastics industry; Branden Technologies,
developers of the Shotscope and EZ-Track systems for real-time process and
production monitoring; and C-MOLD in 2000, which was then Moldflow's next
largest competitor in the simulation space.
Additionally, the company owns plasticszone.com, which provides access
to business and productivity solutions for plastics professionals, and has
the US patent for Dual Domain technology, one of the key technologies
responsible for widespread implementation of their simulation products.
Together, they will deliver a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
solution for engineering process integration and design optimization.
The joint solution can help customers decrease engineering development
lead time and cost, improve product quality and performance, and reduce IT
operational costs among geographically dispersed design teams and business
Through this agreement, IBM PLM customers can incorporate Engineous'
FIPER and iSIGHT technologies as a process integration and design
optimization layer within their existing PLM infrastructures.
Engineous' iSIGHT enables the integration and automation of commercial
and internally developed computer aided design and engineering tools (CAD
and CAE). iSIGHT can help accelerate the execution of these tools, leading
to higher quality, optimized products.
Engineous' FIPER software is a Web-based, distributed product
development infrastructure that allows organizations to access, execute,
and reuse design tools and processes. The software allows resources to be
connected within an organization and externally with partners and
geographically dispersed design teams.