Dassault Systemes and IBM Expand Partnership By Adding SmarTeam Solutions to Product Lifecycle Management Portfolio
SmarTeam Links collaborative PDM and e-Supply Chain Support for Manufacturing Industries
White Plains, NY and Suresnes, France— June 19, 2001 — Dassault Systemes (NASDAQ:DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) and IBM today announced that IBM will sell the SmarTeam product suite as part of its worldwide PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) portfolio. Developed by SmarTeam Corp., a subsidiary of Dassault Systemes, SmarTeam links collaborative Product Data Management (PDM) and e-Supply Chain support into a single Web and Windows solution for manufacturing industries. <br/>
Capturing enterprise intellectual property at its source, SmarTeam drives product knowledge throughout the product lifecycle, enabling collaboration across multiple sites, suppliers and customers. Fast to implement, SmarTeam provides seamless integration with CATIA Version 5 and various other CAD systems such as SolidWorks, SolidEdge, AutoCAD and Mechanical Desktop, as well as gateways with other enterprise PDM and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.<br/>
Complementing the ENOVIA Solutions which cover large scale product and process end-to-end development, the SmarTeam portfolio now sold by IBM will further enhance IBM and Dassault Systemes’ presence among manufacturers and their supply chains, specifically in the fabrication & assembly, electrical & electronics, plant design and management and consumer goods industries, as well as departmental and supply chain installations in automotive, aerospace and shipbuilding industries. The agreement adds a world-class distribution and support channel to SmarTeam, and will enable enhanced deployment capability and customer support worldwide. <br/>
"IBM's PLM portfolio is unparalleled in the collaborative product design industry," said Ed Petrozelli, General Manager, IBM Product Lifecycle Management. "We offer the best-of-breed solutions for companies of all sizes in any industry and matched with our hardware, middleware and services IBM is tough to beat."
Bernard Charles, President of Dassault Systemes, said, “We are constantly looking at broadening our PLM product offering to help IBM and their partners expand into new markets . SmarTeam complements the strengths of our ENOVIA Solutions which are targeted at global enterprises, by providing extremely simple collaborative solutions to all the actors throughout the product lifecycle, making product information easily available to an audience of technical and non technical persons including customers, suppliers and sales personnel.”
SmarTeam has pioneered fundamental changes in the Product Data Management market, utilizing Windows and internet-based technologies to bring the benefits of e-collaboration to manufacturing enterprises of all sizes. SmarTeam is now ranked by CIMdata to be one of the Top 10 worldwide cPDm (collaborative Product Definition management) technology solutions in the $2.86 billion worldwide cPDm market. <br/>
"The addition of the SmarTeam suite of products into IBM's PLM portfolio is a solid move. The SmarTeam products provide an opportunity for IBM to address the needs of a much wider range of situations, by providing technologies targeted at either smaller companies or design groups within larger organizations," said Ed Miller, President of CIMdata, a leading global consulting and research firm. "SmarTeam suite of products have already been well received by the market, and should strengthen Dassault Systemes and IBM's position as industry investments in these solutions continue to grow rapidly."
SmarTeam’ CEO, Avinoam Nowogrodski said, " The new agreement with IBM is a significant step in our strategy to bring the benefits of rapidly implementable collaborative PDM solutions solutions to broader markets. The full range of SmarTeam Windows and Web-based products and their integration with CATIA V5 will further enable IBM customers to innovate, shorten time to market, reduce manufacturing costs and improve product value.”
"We decided to invest in product lifecycle management solutions to make sure we would not lose business to our competitors,"