Famotik and Dassault Systemes to Deliver Industry-based 3d PLM Collaborative Workspaces for Japanese Market

Famotik Extends Leading Collaborative Portal, FTK/WATS, to Adopt Dassault Systemes World Class 3d PLM and ENOVIA Solutions and Generalize Support of Open Standards for Full Enterprise Deployment

SURESNES, France & TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2002-- Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) and Famotik today announced the signing of a strategic alliance whereby Famotik will extend its current leading collaborative portal environment FTK/WATS (Famotik Web Application Total Solutions) to adopt Dassault Systemes' World-Class 3d PLM and ENOVIA solutions.

The Famotik objective is to provide its channel with the most advanced PLM portal infrastructure and components to serve Japanese companies and their suppliers. In addition, as a result of this strategic alliance, Famotik will rely extensively on world-class standards such as CAA V5 (Dassault Systemes' Open Component Application Architecture) and WAS (Web Application Servers) such as Interstage, Cosminexus, Websphere and .NET, to accelerate the deployment of world-class decision-support collaborative workspaces and drive Japanese industry competitiveness.

With its Web Application Total Solution (WATS), Famotik is the Japanese leader in open collaborative portal infrastructure and content for the Japanese manufacturing industries. In Japan, Famotik has developed a unique indirect channel of software vendors and Systems Integrators (SI) that provides highly-skilled consulting services to adapt WATS to unique vertical industries and processes. Helping Japanese companies work more efficiently with their customers and suppliers, WATS SI also take advantage of Famotik's early adoption of open standards (XML, JAVA, WAS) and unique federation capability to implement sophisticated decision-support portals for PLM, CRM, SCM and ERP process integration.

"The Dassault Systemes - Famotik partnership is extremely exciting and promising to us and our over 120 Japanese customers and associates of FTK/WATS who are notable major Japanese manufacturers in variety of fields, including, for example, Hitachi, Sanyo, Fujitsu. They will now have global access beyond Japan through the global power of Dassault Systemes' 3d PLM. This is the exact wish and need of all our customers and associates in Japan", said Mike Arashiba, President, Famotik.

"Manufacturing businesses are inevitably required to have global standards. The product lifecycle through design to marketing and support goes beyond borders. Individual tools such as SFA, SCM, PDM, CRM and ERP must eventually come under a uniform and common control and management. We expect the Famotik - Dassault Systemes alliance to be a stepping stone for the future. Within this framework, we can deliver a next-generation semantic web using XLM. " stated Mr.Kunio OHNO, Chief Engineer Business Development, Docomo Systems, Ltd.

"We've been working closely with Famotik to create a joint solution for Japanese manufacturers based on FTK/WATS combined with INTERSTAGE, offering the later as a global and open system." explained Mr. Masahiko FUJITA, Group Senior Vice President Software Group, FUJITSU, LTD. "For global competitiveness of manufacturers we positively support the joint agreement between Famotik and Dassault Systemes".

Said Mr. Takafumi NAKAYAMA, Senior Manager, R & D Headquarters, SANYO Electric Co.Ltd, "We are working to build a global-level collaborative system using FTK/WATS. We positively expect the new Famotik - Dassault Systemes partnership to offer us an advanced solution to support intelligent and creative activities of engineers within the global environment."

Dassault Systemes is the premier global 3d PLM solutions provider. 3d PLM enables customers to optimize their business Processes for Engineering, Manufacturing, Maintenance & Support, using Collaborative Workspaces to share a common product, process and resource model (PPR). With PPR, companies can capture, share and reuse Knowledge all along the Product lifecycle. The open CAA V5 (Component Application Architecture) allows extension and integration of this solution within multiple enterprise environments.

"This strategic alliance is win-win", said Dominique Florack, Executive VP, Dassault Systemes, "as the FTK/WATS customers will get access to world-class collaborative workspace solutions totally specialized and customized by local Japanese companies. I am fully committed to helping Famotik and its partners to be very successful by providing them with all the necessary V5 open technologies they need to deliver superior 3d PLM solutions to the Japanese market."

About Famotik

Founded in 1988, Famotik, Ltd. Is specialized in sales and services of a variety of 3D CAD/CAM products. Through its experiences in the manufacturing sector, Famotik realized the need of manufacturing industries for collaborative environment for entire product life cycle, beyond individual packaged software. The company started building structures for knowledge management environment, collaborative engineering portal including SCM, and structures for technical information portal for design and manufacturing, uniform visualization environment and mobile Internet environment at various media, B to B environment, all of which have been developed under unified Famotik methodology. The collaborators/investors of the Famotik FTK/WATS enterprise, as well as resellers and customers now exceed 120 and include HZS, TIS, ISID, Toyo Business Engineering, Hitachi, Sanyo, Fujitsu, Kubota Solid, Otsuka-Shokai, Yazaki, Benic(Kawasaki HI) etc.

About Dassault Systemes

Dassault Systemes is the premier global software developer for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM market, providing companies with e-business solutions to implement their digital enterprise, thus creating and simulating the entire product life cycle from initial concept to product in service. CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA Solutions support industry-specific business processes to help unleash creativity and innovation, reduce development cycle time, improve quality, competitiveness and shareholder value: CATIA supports the digital product definition and simulation, DELMIA provides solutions to define and simulate lean digital manufacturing processes and ENOVIA delivers enterprise solutions that manage a comprehensive, collaborative and distributed model of the digital product, processes and resources. The combined integration creates the Digital Product life cycle Pipeline, supporting reuse of corporate knowledge. SolidWorks and Smarteam Corp., as Dassault Systemes companies, offer respectively 3D design-centric and collaborative PDM software solutions based on Windows and the Internet. Spatial, also part of the Dassault Systemes family, is a market-leading provider of world-class 3D software components and services (for 3D modeling, visualization, and interoperability) to meet the requirements of 3D in Internet-based e-commerce and B2B applications.

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