Want to get a CEO's dander up? Say his company could be sold to a competitor. The dander is up at UGS PLM Solutions, which parent company EDS is considering selling. There was an initial public offering last October. But since then, there have been rumors that a competitor would buy the company. Not so, says John J. Clendening, the company's senior vice president of marketing communications. EDS is only talking to private equity firms and IPO underwriters, not competitors. Expected price EDS expects to get: more than two times the subsidiary's 2003 revenues of approximately $900 million.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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