Feb 26 2008

Dassault Systèmes Launches Global Specification Solution for Consumer Packaged Goods

V6 Technology Will Enable Customers to Bring Products to Market Faster by Managing Common Specifications Effectively

LOWELL, Mass., February 26, 2008 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the availability of the ENOVIA Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Accelerator™ for Global Specification Management. Designed to simplify the management of design specifications for products spanning multiple brands and markets, the solution will enable companies to more effectively manage regulatory compliance and operational costs while bringing products to market faster.

“Mechanical products have been best served by PLM to date. While applications have existed to manage other domains, they have not been as well integrated into a PLM environment,” said Jeffrey Hojlo, research analyst, AMR Research in the recently published “PLM Top Business Drivers for 2008” report. “CPG, pharmaceuticals, and chemical industries have unique requirements, including formulas, recipes, packaging, and artwork. These domains have distinct applications and business processes from their mechanical brethren, requiring domain expertise and supporting applications.”

The introduction of the CPG Accelerator leverages Dassault Systèmes’ recently announced V6 platform to offer customers a single, scalable PLM platform incorporating standardized business processes that will enable more effective management of mission critical intellectual property. Based on a service oriented architecture (SOA) the CPG Accelerator will also support greater online creation and collaboration within key functions like engineering, manufacturing and product management helping to lower total cost of ownership by increasing efficiency and reducing time to market.

“With the advent of global sourcing, a geographically dispersed workforce, and extensive product portfolios, there’s no doubt that CPG companies face a complex and challenging business environment,” said Ray Wodar, director of CPG Industry Solutions, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “A dedicated CPG Accelerator enables CPG companies to manage product complexity by standardizing the specification management process, which will help to define the complete product record, promote greater supply chain collaboration, and ensure regulatory compliance.”

By implementing the ENOVIA CPG Accelerator for Global Specification Management, CPG companies will be able to achieve the following benefits:
• Reduce the Number of Regulatory Compliance Systems
Consolidate disparate documents/data systems used for product development with a single, global, and validated process-driven system of record.
• Lower Raw Material Costs
Standardizes material specifications across Brands, Regions and Categories to create an efficient procurement process that drives costs down and margins up.
• Reduce Cycle Time
Focus early in the product development processes to positively impact downstream decisions and performance related to product development calendars, material trends, cost, and quality decisions.
• Enable Low Cost Labor Centers
Global virtual work teams can track all Product Specifications, approvals and responsibilities in a single system integrated with all other aspects of product development.

Continued Wodar, “The ENOVIA CPG Accelerator for Global Specification Management offers companies a highly configurable solution that can be deployed rapidly to maximize productivity and this forms the foundation for our CPG focused application strategy. This is just one example how we are bringing industry best practices to a rapidly deployable solution.”

The ENOVIA CPG Accelerator for Global Specification Management is available immediately and will be compliant with the recently announced V6 solution from Dassault Systemes.