OKI and ISID Partner to Provide Cloud Computing Services to Manufacturers Aiming for Global Deployment

Offering a chemical information system as part of the PLEXUS cloud computing service

TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 17, 2011 — OKI (OKI Electric Industry) and ISID (Information Services International-Dentsu) have reached agreement in the area of cloud computing services for manufacturers who are aiming for global deployment. Starting September 2011, the two firms will offer OKI's "COINServ®-COSMOS-R/R" system for managing information on chemicals found in products as a new choice from the menu of features provided as part of ISID's "PLEXUS" enterprise product life-cycle management (PLM) cloud computing service.

The increasingly stringent environmental laws and regulations being enacted worldwide include the RoHS Directive and REACH Regulation in the European Union (EU). These measures impose upon electric, electronics, machinery, and other manufacturing industries a growing need to manage information on chemical substances throughout the supply chain, including parts procurement and assembly. The information on chemical substances contained in products to be managed ranges from electronic components and mechanical components to coatings and adhesives. Year after year, regulations cover an expanding range of materials. The task of accurately managing such information and reporting it to customers now poses significant burdens for companies active in manufacturing industries, particularly those active globally and operating both domestic and overseas design and production facilities.

"It is most important to manage and report information on chemical substances efficiently by managing them from the product design stage," says Sei Yano, Senior Vice President, responsible for Solutions and Services at OKI. "We are pleased to have come to an agreement with ISID because the partnership enables offering services that combines OKI's expertise in managing chemical information with ISID's enterprise PLM cloud computing services"

"In addition to offering customers access to OKI's COINServ®-COSMOS-R/R system for managing information on chemical substances contained in products as a choice from the PLEXUS service menu," says Atsushi Yoshimoto, Managing Director at ISID. "The agreement will allow customers to rapidly develop and roll out chemical information systems linked to the PLEXUS PDM product data management service at a modest startup cost."

About COINServ-COSMOS-R/R

The COINServ®-COSMOS-R/R system for managing information on chemical substances contained in products draws on information technology to support various activities, ranging from green purchasing that takes chemical substances into account to responses to partner companies. The system dramatically increases the efficiency of such tasks. It supports a highly developed environment-conscious design that is compatible with the RoHS Directive and the REACH Regulation, allowing customers to rapidly gather and manage information on chemical substances contained or used with various products, including electronic components, mechanical components, coatings, and adhesive materials. Offering compatibility with standardized formats developed by the Japan Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) and the JAMP AIS format developed by the Joint Article Management Promotion-Consortium (JAMP), the system dramatically increases the efficiency of various tasks, ranging from frequent data surveys to responses and registration.

About PLEXUS

The PLEXUS enterprise PLM cloud computing service provides multiple integrated software-as-a-service (SaaS) application to support various manufacturing-related tasks, ranging from product development and design to production management and supply chain management for firms active in manufacturing that operate both domestic and foreign design and production facilities. Available from April 2011, it currently provides a menu based on two services: the PLEXUS PDM product data management service and the PLEXUS DRM digital rights management service. In addition to minimizing startup costs for customers, the cloud computing implementation reduces operating costs through monthly optimization of user licenses based on business volume, allowing customers to minimize IT costs in their global business operations.

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About OKI Electric Industry (OKI)

Founded in 1881, OKI Electric Industry is Japan's leading telecommunications manufacturer. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, OKI provides top-quality products, technologies, and solutions to customers through its info-telecom systems and printer operations. Its various business divisions function synergistically to bring to market exciting new products and technologies that meet a wide range of customer needs in various sectors. Visit OKI's global website at http://www.oki.com/.

About Information Services International-Dentsu (ISID)

Since its foundation in 1975, ISID provides business customers one-stop total IT services such as consulting, system design, software development, system operations, maintenance services and cloud computing services. As an "IT Solution Innovator", the company is massively expanding its business into wide variety of areas, such as solutions for financial business, product development, enterprise/supply chain management, accounting, human resource management, marketing communication, etc. Visit ISID's website at http://www.isid.co.jp/english/.



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