Paris, France, October 4, 2005 – IBM and Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the signing of a teaming agreement in Services around Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) designed to help customers accelerate their On-Demand business transformations, of which PLM is a key component. Clients will benefit from the combination of IBM’s consulting and project management skills and Dassault Systèmes software technology and technical expertise, bringing an opportunity for maximization of return-on-investment (ROI) unequalled in the marketplace today.
IBM and Dassault Systèmes have reached a breakthrough in their highly successful partnership, which has been constantly evolving for nearly 25 years. The agreement between IBM Global Service Business Consulting Group (IBM IGS BCS) and Dassault Systèmes Services reinforces the companies’ strategic partnership and will enable the partners to accelerate their market growth in a quickly growing global PLM market, which is forecast to grow 8% by 2009 to $25 billion in investments.
According to the teaming agreement, each partner will leverage its individual strengths to set up a go-to-market model, providing leading-edge answers for customers looking to maximize ROI through broad, open and value-added PLM solutions and services. A clear division of responsibility between the partners will see DS world leader in PLM solutions technology focus on supporting IBM on ‘first-of-a-kind’ projects, breaking new ground in innovative technology that can be later deployed to a larger set of customers. IBM IGC BCS the world’s largest consulting services organization will provide consulting services to ensure successful deployment of PLM projects, based on the V5 portfolio of PLM solutions (CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA and SMARTEAM), PLM best practices, and intellectual property from both IBM and Dassault Systèmes.
“With this agreement, we are moving a step forward, providing our client with increased value through a ‘combined solution offering’ approach based on both organizations’ PLM experience and intellectual property,” notes Rory Read, Managing Partner, Global Industrial Sector, IBM IGS BCS. “This new level of teaming will enable our clients to even more effectively realize the full value of PLM and to capitalize on IBM and Dassault Systèmes’ extensive software and services experience.”
“This agreement will enable IBM and DS to focus on and share their greatest strengths,” says Bruno Latchague, Executive Vice President, Dassault Systèmes. “DS will benefit by leveraging the core business operation and reach of IBM Global Services, the world’s leading service organization, and embedding IGS’s knowledge of business transformation, change management, and systems integration into a powerful model for PLM value creation, while IBM will gain from Dassault Systèmes Services’ proven skills.”