MCADCafe Weekly Review December 2nd, 2016

Siemens Goes ECAD With Mentor Graphics Acquisition
December 1, 2016  by Jeff Rowe

By acquiring one of ECAD’s giants, Mentor Graphics, Siemens continues to round out its design capabilities far beyond its MCAD roots as part of its Vision 2020 quest. Siemens says the acquisition is an extension of “shaping the Digital Industrial Enterprise by expanding its portfolio for industrial software.”

Under terms of the agreement, Siemens will acquire Mentor for $37.25 per share in cash, which represents a value of $4.5 billion. The offer price represents a 21% premium to Mentor’s closing price on November 11, 2016, the last trading day prior to the announcement.

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Major Mentor shareholder Elliott Management has committed to support the transaction. In many ways, I don’t think Mentor had much of a chance of fending off the acquisition, as its profits were minuscule (and had been for some time), and got strong-armed by Elliott who owns a good chunk (~8%) of Mentor. By the way, Elliott blessed the offer.

Elliott Management, run by billionaire Paul Singer, said when it raised its stake it saw numerous opportunities to boost Mentor’s “deeply undervalued” shares and had started talks with the company’s management and board. According to the company, the acquisition is a “great outcome” for Mentor shareholders as the company will benefit from Siemens’s increased scale and greater resources.

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The acquisition extends Siemens’ Digital Enterprise Software portfolio with Mentor’s electronics IC and systems design, simulation, and manufacturing software – capabilities essential for smart connected products, such as autonomous vehicles.

“Siemens is acquiring Mentor as part of its Vision 2020 concept to be the Benchmark for the New Industrial Age. It’s a perfect portfolio fit to further expand our digital leadership and set the pace in the industry,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG.

“With Mentor, we’re acquiring an established technology leader with a talented employee base that will allow us to supplement our world-class industrial software portfolio. It will complement our strong offering in mechanics and software with design, test and simulation of electrical and electronic systems,” said Klaus Helmrich, member of the Managing Board of Siemens.

5 Myths about your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager
November 29, 2016  by Amee Meghani, Applications Engineer

solidworks network licenseLet’s talk about your SOLIDWORKS network license and debunk those myths with facts. Which one of these 5 are you guilty of believing?

You accidentally received extra licenses (yassss!).

Not true.  Only once in 5 years have I seen SOLIDWORKS write an incorrect license file.  The way licenses are listed in the SNL can be misleading.  Suppose you have a network license containing 1 Professional License and 1 Standard license.  The SNL will show 1 Professional License and 2 Standard Licenses. Why?  Because when you are pulling a Professional license, the license manager is releasing a Standard license and the Professional ADD-INS.  So really the license manager listing should read “Professional ADDINS”, rather than “Professional”.  You cannot pull a Professional or Premium license without pulling a Standard license.

You don’t have the ability to use SOLIDWORKS on your home computer.

Not true.  Office homework is on the rise.  What you can do is…

  1. Borrow a license for a period of 30 days or less from the license manager on any client/user machine.  This is just as long as your machine is connected to the server at the ‘moment of borrowing’.  Then you can disconnect.  Borrowing a license removes that license/seat from the available pool of licenses.  So, make sure you check with your team so you don’t leave someone licenseless.  (Yeah, that’s a word now.  Merriam Webster and I are bros)
  2. Request a Home Use License from your reseller.  This doesn’t cost anything. It does however, have a few rules to follow.  Additionally, you get as many Home Use Licenses as there are seats on your network.  For example, if you have a combination of 5 Standard, Professional, and Premium seats on the SNL, then you get up to 5 HULs.  What that means is, everyone can work from home!!!  Just what we all need – more homework.  The HUL is independent of your SNL so using your HUL would NOT remove seats from the SNL.

SOLIDWORKS Licenses are first come, first serve.

Not true.  You can control which license is being pulled.  The license required is dependent on a few things:

  • What Addins are turned on.  (thus, perhaps requiring a higher license)
  • License Order in the License manager on any user machine.  The license order dictates the sequence your machine follows to choose the license. Again, this is also dependent on AddIns.  Each user can have a different license order.
  • Whether you have an Options File selected.  An options file is much more sophisticated with who can use what kind of license.  You can specify groups, include and exclude certain users.  It’s the doctrine of coolness.

You Can’t Customize the Installations with a Network License

You can customize by serial number, addins, etc, and you can deploy them all at once, with the customized settings per user using our Admin Image creation tool.5-myths-snl

You Can’t Spy on People

True. You can’t spy on people.  But, you CAN spy on their machines!  Included with SOLIDWORKS subscription is a CAD Admin dashboard.  With this dashboard, you can monitor a variety of things, including:

  • Whose machines are crashing
  • Who has which versions installed
  • Who has outdated graphics cards
  • Compare System Options settings between machines and set a default or “baseline” machine.
  • Track and compare general performance issues. This means if a user claims their program crashed 8 times today, you can come back with real facts and say, “mmmmkay.  It actually crashed once.”

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