Proficiency And CENIT Forge Sales Alliance And Technology Partnership

Sales Agent Agreement for Germany, Austria and Switzerland Designed to Boost Benefit of Proficiency's Enterprise Interoperability Software

WALTHAM, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Dec. 5, 2005— Under Partnership CENIT Will Develop Technology Designed to Integrate Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway with mySAP PLM Solution

Proficiency, a global provider of enterprise interoperability software and CENIT AG Systemhaus, a global IT consulting company, have entered into a sales agent agreement. CENIT will introduce Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway(TM), a feature-based CAD interoperability software, to its DACH (German, Austrian, Swiss) client base, offering related support and services for the solution. This agreement extends Proficiency's go-to-market strategy in the diverse European market. Proficiency will be working extensively with major design and product lifecycle management (PLM) companies in order to meet increasing customer demand for bridging incompatible development environments.

Furthermore, Proficiency and CENIT signed a technology partnership agreement where CENIT will develop technology designed to integrate Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway with SAP's mySAP(TM) PLM solution. "This agreement is an important milestone in Proficiency's goal of integrating design intelligence extracted from CAD models to enterprise information systems. We are proud to be partners with a company of CENIT's caliber," stated Trenton H. Brown, Proficiency's president and CEO.

"Since founding our European headquarters near Munich in 2003, Proficiency Europe started out strong and is only getting stronger," added Roland Billeter, managing director in Europe of Proficiency GmbH. "Bridging the gap between the five leading high-end design systems, our solution is built to provide significant business value to OEMs and their supply chain partners. With CENIT introducing support and service, companies will further benefit from this added value in product development."

The Collaboration Gateway is a Web-based, feature-level CAD interoperability software application that facilitates the sharing of product design information, including features, history, constraints, assembly structure, dimensions, and metadata throughout the extended product lifecycle process. This strategic product development innovation leads OEMs and suppliers in the automotive, aerospace/defense, and heavy equipment industries to significantly shorten design cycles, decrease time-to-market, and lower design costs. The Collaboration Gateway enables companies to exchange native parametric CAD models between Dassault Systems CATIA(R) V4 and CATIA(R) V5, PTC's Pro/ENGINEER(R) and Pro/ENGINEER(R) Wildfire(TM), and UGS' Unigraphics(R) NX and I-deas(R) NX Series.

"CENIT's PLM Solutions optimize the product development process while accelerating design cycles at the same time. Being completely neutral in the diverse high-end 3D world, we can offer Proficiency's solution to our customers thus meeting their requirements to work with the different platforms in use at their customers, partners, and suppliers," explained Kurt Bengel, CENIT's director of PLM Solutions.


CENIT AG Systemhaus is an internationally operating IT consulting company which employs over 500 people. Focusing on Product Lifecycle Management Consulting, Outsourcing, and Enterprise Content Management solutions, the company is listed in Germany's Prime Standard. Besides branches across Germany, the company has subsidiaries in the USA and in Switzerland. CENIT is Dassault's most successful PLM CATIA Software sales partner in Germany and for SAP, a special expertise partner for mySAP PLM Solutions worldwide. With digital manufacturing solutions from DELMIA, CENIT additionally offers powerful tools for planning and simulating production systems and processes. In Document Management solutions CENIT is FileNET's biggest Services Partner in Europe. CENIT's customers are BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Audi, VW, AIRBUS, Karcher, Webasto, CONTI, Allianz, Metro, REWE and others.

About Proficiency

Proficiency brings interoperability to the enterprise. The Company's award-winning Collaboration Gateway allows companies to effectively develop and launch new products by providing critical design intelligence to all constituents in the PLM continuum, including marketing, engineering, manufacturing, and purchasing, in an immediately useable format, regardless of the original system. This strategic product development innovation leads OEMs and suppliers to significantly shorten design cycles, decrease time-to-market, and lower design costs.

Proficiency's customers include global automotive, aerospace/defense and heavy equipment companies such as The Ford Motor Company, Boeing, and European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS). For more information on Proficiency, please visit or call 1.781.314.0500 (North America) or +49 (0) 811.55526.0 (Europe).

Collaboration Gateway(TM) is a trademark of Proficiency, Ltd. All other product(s) are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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