Shortly, two good things will happen, well THREE really, as one just happened. All three are great news for the industry, even though two are not great news for me. Apache will go IPO, one of my favorite significant clients, ALTOS was just acquired by Cadence, and a third acquisition of significance will be announced right before DAC. Even though I lose a great client in ALTOS (and really liked them personally) (and as a yet to be announced acquisition looms) I am pleased because these are all strong indicators that EDA is alive, well, and prospering. And that, my friends, is exactly what the Doctor ordered!
EDA needed a breath of fresh air, a little more Oxygen to an industry that has had a tough time breathing. By all indicators the Doctors RX of oxygen (or is it money, or are they the same) has helped to make our business stronger. My company has had an incredible uptick in reqs (companies hiring me to look for new people) as well as placements, and that includes searches for Executive level VP types. With DAC around the corner, keeping the momentum strong is ours to lose.
It is my hope that the Major EDA players realize that keeping EDA strong and attractive as a CAREER is critical. When must make choosing a career in EDA more enticing (which can only be addressed at the highest levels). It is then that we will see sustainable long-term growth and dedication to not only choosing a career in EDA but maintaining that career here as well. This applies to both to both new players considering to choose EDA as their career path, and it applies to those concerned that the opportunities outside EDA are tantalizing and more worthy of consideration.
This all happens with job creation and continues with job growth HERE IN THE US! That is a that fact gets hammered in to me day in and day out. I get that corporate profits dictate using less expensive engineers (and that means from overseas), but that mindset has a double whammy that goes with it. That kind of thinking has and will continue to bite EDA companies right in their umm rear pocket where they keep their wallets. Kind of means they will get bit twice in the same place, if you know what I mean!
I feel like the industry is buzzing with the renewed business levels, as well as the Apache IPO announcement, and the soon to be announced acquisition of..???....
Now all we need (and from what I am being told it is already happening both at Cadence and Synopsys) is for the big boys to stop making it so difficult for the smaller guys to compete. In plain terms, that means stop the bundling (or in other words the giveaways) and find ways to make our industry stronger and more profitable, (and here is the key) FOR ALL!
Companies are hiring and people are finally looking to change companies where they felt secure but not necessarily happy. Those are two really good and significant factors. Start-Ups are finally saying we are getting closer to achieving our goals and that means hiring has and is taking place. All in all it seems like a hell of a nice way to enter DAC, and trust me that is a great way to head into a trade show. My DAC report is coming soon!