PTC acquires UK-based engineering apps firm

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by Duncan MacRae| 16 June 2014

It is hoped the acquisition will help customers bring smart, connected products to market faster.

PTC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Atego, a developer of model-based systems and software engineering applications based in Cheltenham, UK, for approximately $50 million.

Subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed in PTC's fiscal Q4 2014.

The acquisition enhances PTC's portfolio of product lifecycle management (PLM) and application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, and strengthens PTC's commitment to supporting its customers' systems engineering initiatives with powerful modelling capabilities.

Atego's Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) solution connects requirements engineering, architecture modelling, physical product definition, and system verification functions. In doing so, it drives efficiencies and process standardisation, allowing distributed teams to collaboratively build digital models of complex systems, while managing system variability and enabling reuse. These capabilities are increasingly important in a world of smart, connected products in which manufacturers must concurrently develop systems that consist of sophisticated mechanical, electrical, and software components.

Most of the cost associated with any product occurs early in the development process. As such, good decisions made early are critically important. With digital models, manufacturers can ascertain product viability and predict product performance early in the development process, thereby reducing project time and decreasing project costs.

Peter Bilello, president of CIMdata, said: "This is an acquisition that makes perfect sense for PTC. Products are no longer simply mechanical systems. And model-based systems engineering supports collaboration across multiple disciplines (mechanical, electrical, software, and controls) and other enterprise functions (manufacturing, purchasing, finance, service, and project management). CIMdata believes that MBSE will become the pervasive paradigm for product development, supporting and promoting a systems thinking mindset."

Brian Shepherd, EVP Enterprise Segments, PTC, said: "Today, the competitive landscape is characterised by complexity, and manufacturers must employ a holistic approach when designing smart, connected products.

"For customers in our focused markets, there is increasing importance for multifunctional teams to work in concert while modelling the interdependencies of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering components. The acquisition of Atego extends our existing ALM and PLM technologies, and directly supports customers' needs to integrate multiple systems engineering disciplines."

Over the past 12 months, Atego achieved approximately $20 million in revenue. Based on the expected closing of the acquisition, PTC expects to realise approximately $5 million in revenue from the Atego business in fiscal Q4 2014.

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