Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway(TM) Reviewed by Leading Research Firm, CIMdata

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—May 29, 2007— Proficiency, Inc., the leading developer of product knowledge integration solutions for manufacturers and their suppliers, today announced that CIMdata, a leading consulting and research firm, has published a program review of Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway approach to addressing product knowledge integration. The report, entitled "Leveraging Product Knowledge Integration: Enabling Product Information Re-Use throughout the Enterprise," is available for downloading on the CIMdata website.

"In order for organizations to be innovative and competitive they need to be able to leverage their Product Knowledge and integrate it into the product development process so it can be re-used in a coordinated and organized way," said John MacKrell, CIMdata Senior Consultant. "Product Knowledge is a critical asset that is often ignored because it is difficult to capture and reuse. The loss of Product Knowledge results in companies having to resort to redesigning parts, which is very costly both in terms of time and money," he added.

According to Mr. MacKrell, Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway makes complete Product Knowledge exchange possible and cost effective and makes product knowledge visible to more decision makers. He noted that the strength of this solution is in situations where multiple product definition solutions are used in companies or supply chains.

"The review of the Proficiency Collaboration Gateway by CIMdata, a well-respected industry authority, reinforces the role our solutions play in product lifecycle management," said Alex Shapira, President and CEO, Proficiency, Inc. "Due to increased product complexity, the market needs robust solutions at the product knowledge level rather than just geometric translators to address the diversity of engineering and manufacturing environments."

About CIMdata

CIMdata (, an independent worldwide firm, provides strategic consulting to maximize an enterprise's ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since 1983, CIMdata has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM enabling technologies.

About Proficiency

Proficiency, Inc. (, based in Massachusetts, is the leading developer of solutions that enable manufacturers and their suppliers to extract and share implicit product knowledge from diverse engineering and manufacturing environments.


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