Apr 05 2000

Dassault Systemes and IBM Enhance e-business Solutions for the Digital Enterprise

Integration of ENOVIA and WebSphere Technologies, Accelerates Manufacturers’ Transition to e-business.



CATIA Operators Exchange (COE) – Palm Springs, California (USA), 5 April 2000--Dassault Systemes (NASDAQ: DASTY) and IBM announced today that ENOVIA Solutions will include IBM’s WebSphere Application Server as a key component of its e-business application architecture.

This reinforces the Dassault Systemes-IBM strategic commitment to the digital enterprise approach as a way for manufacturers to accelerate and transform how they manage and run their extended enterprise in a digital environment, from product concept to production to customer delivery and support.

Powered by WebSphere, ENOVIA Solutions integrate product creation with the other major processes of the digital enterprise such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and supply chain management. Users throughout the extended enterprise can take advantage of immediate access to 3D product data from anywhere and while doing any task. The ability to do this is transforming the way businesses interact with other businesses (B2B) and customers (B2C).

Explained Pat Toole, IBM General Manager, Product Design Management, "Our goal is to provide users with innovative tools to speed their transition to e-business. Integrating WebSphere Application Server with ENOVIA Solutions enables manufacturers to exploit the full power of IBM’s e-business solutions and make their companies more competitive."

"To support the digital enterprise, ENOVIA Solutions requires a very strong architecture and e-business connectivity," said Bruno Latchague, Dassault Systemes Executive Vice President, Research and Development. "We have selected WebSphere as a critical component embedded in the ENOVIA enterprise architecture to boost performance, scalability, reliability and security."

"We are delighted that IBM's Websphere Application Server middleware has been chosen for ENOVIA Solutions to create and deploy leading edge product creation solutions," said John Swainson, IBM General Manager, Application and Integration Middleware Division, IBM Software Group. "WebSphere will allow Dassault Systemes' customers to quickly build and deploy scaleable e-business solutions, and hook them together with other business critical applications."

Said Bernard Charles, Dassault Systemes President, "IBM and Dassault Systemes offer the only unified solution that puts product innovation and collaborative product commerce at the core of the enterprise to build the digital enterprise. With ENOVIA, customers invent new ways of doing business and streamline their processes by seamlessly integrating current and new Internet business approaches."

ENOVIA Solutions is a set of e-business solutions that make manufacturers more competitive by helping them manage electronically all aspects of the product life cycle. ENOVIA is developed by Dassault Systemes S.A., and marketed, sold and supported worldwide by IBM’s Engineering Solutions business unit and IBM Business Partners.

WebSphere is a family of products that provide the industry’s most scalable e-business software foundation and application services, and delivers a flexible and open platform on which to build next-generation e-business applications. WebSphere Application Server supports business applications from simple Web publishing through enterprise-scale transaction processing.