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ANSYS Acquiring CEI For Visualizing Simulation Data
July 13th, 2017 by Jeff Rowe
ANSYS, known for its engineering simulation software, announced this week that it has acquired Computational Engineering International Inc. (CEI), the developer of a suite of products for analyzing, visualizing, and communicating simulation data. Terms of the deal, which closed earlier this month, were not disclosed.
The merger of the physical and digital worlds is resulting in products that with an overwhelming number of design decisions compared to previous product generations. That is something only engineering simulation can feasibly provide in a timely and cost-effective fashion. Users need to quickly analyze the huge amount of data that simulation generates to make the best engineering and business decisions.
Headquartered in Apex, North Carolina, CEI has 28 employees and more than 750 customers around the world. Its flagship product, EnSight, is used for analyzing, visualizing, and communicating simulation data in terms that mere mortals can comprehend.
“CEI has a long track record of success thanks to fantastic technology built by a world-class team,” said Mark Hindsbo, ANSYS vice president and general manager. “By bringing CEI’s leading visualization tools into the ANSYS portfolio, customers will be able to make better engineering and business decisions, leading to even more amazing products in the future.”
“We’ve worked with ANSYS informally for years, but now are thrilled to become part of this great company,” said Anders Grimsrud, CEI president. “Joining ANSYS will give our customers access to the best engineering simulation technology on the planet, and EnSight will help ANSYS users make faster, smarter decisions. It’s a win-win.”
ANSYS has agreed to purchase (merge) CEI Inc. and CEI’s subsidiaries in Germany, Japan, and India. As a result CEI is now a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS. Previously CEI was owned privately, including shares held by some CEI employees. The international subsidiaries continue to be subsidiaries of CEI, Inc. and are, therefore, also 100% owned by ANSYS.
CEI, Inc. will continue operating, writing EnSight and related software, and continue serving customers. No changes are currently planned that will affect product availability to its customers.
All staff members were offered jobs to remain at CEI, and all but one are remaining. EnSight software support, operations, availability, marketing, and sales are not affected.
Anticipating some concerns and questions, the company responded via the following Q&A:
Q: Is this a good thing for the future of EnSight?
EnSight 2D Bounds Demonstration
Q: How will this affect the short, medium, and long term development plans for EnSight?
Q: I have ANSYS products. Will EnSight be bundled with my license so I get it included?
Q: I don’t have ANSYS products. Can I still purchase licenses and support & maintenance?
Q: How do I renew my EnSight software for next year?
Q: Are CEI employees now ANSYS employees?
Q: What is actually going to change?
Q: What is coming next?
Q: Will CEI licensing system change?
Q: Will being part of ANSYS hurt CEI’s support for data formats from solvers which are competitors to ANSYS?
Q: Where can I find more information about CEI and EnSight?
ANSYS said that more information would be provided during its Q2 earnings call, which has not yet been scheduled.
Looks like a good move by ANSYS.