Feb 12 2004

Boeing Signs Long-Term Contract with IBM and Dassault Systèmes to Standardize Product Lifecycle Management Platform on Version 5

Boeing to deploy full suite of V5 PLM solutions companywide and across extended enterprise to reduce costs and speed roll-out of 7E7 and future projects



Seattle, USA and Paris, France – February 12, 2004 - IBM and Dassault Systèmes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) has selected their latest generation of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions as its companywide product development platform.

The double-digit million-dollar contract includes several thousand ENOVIA licenses that will be used to develop the technologically-advanced 7E7 dreamliner, the first Boeing project to be entirely developed using version 5 PLM technology.

By implementing the complete portfolio of IBM PLM Solutions developed by Dassault Systèmes, Boeing will standardize use of specifications, engineering rules, operational parameters and simulation results across its extended enterprise. The partners and suppliers that comprise Boeing’s Global Collaboration Environment (GCE) for the 7E7 will also implement the virtual product development platform, which is the industry standard used in all major new aircraft programs. Harmonization on the platform across Boeing’s supply chain will improve collaboration, innovation, product quality, time-to-market and return-on-investment.  

Effective until 2007, the contract includes companywide transition to CATIA V5, for collaborative design and product development, and ENOVIA Life Cycle Applications (LCA) and SMARTEAM, for collaborative product data and lifecycle management.  Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA Solution for digital manufacturing will enable Boeing to define and simulate new manufacturing facilities and processes.  In addition, IBM’s DB2 Universal Database will provide a secure data repository for Boeing’s internal teams and external development partners throughout the development cycle of the aircraft.

“We are entering the 21st century with new ways of doing business,” said Scott Griffin, CIO, The Boeing Company. “Breakthrough business processes and systems technologies will enable us to achieve completely new, innovative ways of developing our products. Dassault Systèmes is integral to our success.”

“Dassault Systèmes’ cooperation with Boeing to make the 777 the world’s first all-digital designed aircraft was a milestone for the manufacturing industry,” said Bernard Charlès, president and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “Digital mock-up became a reality. Ten years later, CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, and SMARTEAM are helping Boeing revolutionize the way it develops and supports aircraft by merging products with lifecycle management, again making PLM a new milestone for the industry.”

“IBM actively supports the aerospace industry with solutions that help aircraft builders, like Boeing, rationalize costs and develop more efficient and technologically sophisticated planes faster than ever before,” said Scott Hopkins, general manager, IBM Product Lifecycle Management. “IBM PLM has been working hand in hand with the world’s leading aerospace companies for more than 20 years, transforming the way aircraft are developed and produced.  IBM will continue to provide solutions and industry thought leadership that will help the aerospace industry innovate and face the challenges of the future.”

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