Suresnes (France), and Los Angeles (USA), April 24, 2001 – Dassault Systemes S.A (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) and MSC.Software (Nyse:MNS) today announced the signing of a strategic alliance where MSC.Software will develop its new generation of simulation solutions using DS' Version 5 Architecture. MSC.Software together with DS and DS's existing CAE partners will deliver the largest and most advanced PLM integrated Analysis and Simulation portfolio available on the market. As part of this alliance MSC.Software will also act as a strategic distribution channel, for the joint Version 5 Analysis and Simulation portfolio with dedicated and specialized skills, complementing the existing IBM PLM channel for DS' products. In addition, DS and MSC.Software are committed to leverage the power of Internet to establish and deliver pervasive and collaborative Version 5 simulation environments to the leading world wide manufacturing companies and their suppliers. <br/>
MSC.Software is the leader in simulation software and consulting. This alliance will enhance its leadership position and accelerate its capability to deliver innovative simulation solutions as an integral part of PLM. To develop its new generation simulation products, MSC.Software will immediately benefit from the unique competitive advantages that the Version 5 CAE infrastructure provides today for the development of advanced simulation solutions. Through Version 5's openness, MSC.Software will continue to deliver and support its multi-CAD strategy.
DS is the leading PLM solutions provider for the creation and simulation of the entire product life cycle from initial concept to product in service. DS’ PLM brands CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA offer integrated solutions based on the Version 5 component architecture that provides a scalable object-based middleware infrastructure offering both generic and CAE specific frameworks. This alliance is a step forward in establishing Version 5 as the de facto industry standard for all PLM processes. Process centric customers will benefit from the largest and most tightly integrated PLM Analysis and Simulation portfolio developed by DS, MSC.Software, and DS’s Software partners. They will be supported by dedicated, focused and highly skilled sales, marketing, consulting and support teams. <br/>
"This strategic alliance demonstrates Dassault Systemes and MSC.Software's understanding and commitment to Analysis and Simulation centric industries" said Michel Laroche, Vice-President Engineering, Snecma Moteurs. "We at Snecma completely share their vision that integrated multi physics simulation of Digital Prototypes is critical to our business success." <br/>
"It is increasingly important for all companies to predict product performance early and throughout the design, manufacturing, and service life cycle phases," said Frank Perna, Chairman and CEO of MSC.Software. "This strategic agreement completely brings together the design and analysis disciplines, fully integrated in the PLM processes, enabling companies to increase their profitability by creating better products faster and making critical decisions earlier in the design process. Partnering with Dassault Systemes, the leading PLM provider, and using Version 5, the leading software development platform, significantly increases our mutual ability to revolutionize the simulation market by delivering a new generation of simulation software."
"MSC.Software's endorsement of the Version 5 infrastructure is a definitive step forward in delivering the best and widest Analysis and Simulation portfolio available for all industries" said Bernard Charles, President, Dassault Systemes S.A." In addition customers will get an outstanding benefit from MSC.Software focusing their specialized and dedicated sales and marketing to this new PLM integrated Version 5 Analysis and Simulation