Interesting. The writer wasn’t too positive regarding the business case for spending $470 M on a product that has 5000 seats.
He also goes into how much time and money has been spent trying to arrive at a workable CAD SAAS platform: the penultimate paragraph may be relevant to Trimble’s inferred future roadmap for SketchUp:
It is good to see Onshape with a rescuer, because its technology is important to a specific set of users. What we have learned from the decade-long experiment by Dassault, Autodesk, and Onshape, however, is that there is little appetite in our industry for multi-server-based CAD running in Web browsers.