GCS Steps Up North American Operations For Conisio PLM Software

Press Announcement
For Immediate Release
December 8, 2005

GCS Steps Up North American Operations for Conisio PLM Software

As part of their continuing strategy to further penetrate the North American PLM market, GCS Scandinavia has designated its top VAR in the world, d2m3 as Conisio Channel Development Partner to support the expanding dealer network in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Conisio is the first and only commercial engineering document management system entirely integrated within Windows Explorer. The system supports any application running on a Windows-based computer including CAD and all Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Outlook. The software is tightly integrated with the most popular design packages: SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCAD, Solid Edge and MicroStation. Users perform all functions through Windows Explorer or one of its other integrations. This familiar look and feel results in early user acceptance, minimal training, quick implementation and short return on investment. Because of these advantages, Conisio is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to implement product data management (PDM) and related product lifecycle management (PLM) initiatives.

The leading Conisio VAR worldwide, d2m3 is headquartered in the UK and has offices in London, Boston and San Diego. The firm specializes in PLM and business process management for large-scale multi-national implementations, thus bringing extensive experience and resources in its new role of Channel Development Partner to support Conisio resellers in the North American market. Industry sectors in which d2m3 has operated reach beyond manufacturing to include construction and architectural companies. The firm’s broad industry experience  plus tools such as a global on-line pre-and post-sales technical support system they developed  will be of considerable value to North American resellers.

In a move to focus support on North American resellers, d2m3 recently appointed industry veteran Patrick Brochu to the position of Vice President  Business Development, North America. Formerly with Dassault Systemes, Brochu is based in the Boston area and has been active with major players in the PDM/PLM industry for more than ten years  experience he will bring to the already strong presence of Conisio in North America.

“I welcome this opportunity to assist resellers in further promoting Conisio for an ever-widening customer base in North America,” says Brochu. “The software is perfectly suited to the large, mostly-untapped mass market for PLM: companies looking for practical functionality, ease of use, and low total cost of ownership.” He notes that Conisio implementation costs are lower and software license fees are about half those of most competitors, so overall cost is significantly less than traditional PLM and document management systems.

“With his outstanding credentials and market insight, we are pleased to have Brochu on the Conisio team and to designate d2m3 as our Channel Development Partner in North America,” says GCS President Kenneth Hallberg. “They have done outstanding work in PLM and will definitely be an invaluable asset in supporting our expanding network of resellers.”

Hallberg explains that as part of their continued market penetration strategy, GCS added three new Conisio resellers in North America in June, 2005 and has most recently included a further trio: CADD Edge ( www.caddedge.com) for the New England states, CADimensions ( www.cadimensions.com) in upstate New York, and CAE Northwest ( www.caenw.com) in the Pacific Northwest territory. Like all other GCS value-added resellers in North America, the newest additions are ranked among the top SolidWorks dealers in their regions. The addition of these companies to the Conisio channel brings the total number of North American resellers to 13, plus another 25 in Europe, South America and the rest of the world.

“Continued expansion of our reseller network and partnering with d2m3 as Channel Development Partner demonstrates our strong commitment to a growing user base and confirms the importance of the North American market in plans for widening our global coverage,” says Hallberg. “Through such investments in customer support and quality service, we remain close to companies as they implement Conisio as one of the easiest and most affordable ways to manage technical information and share it throughout the enterprise.”

About GCS
Conisio is developed and supported by GCS Scandinavia AB ( www.conisio.com), a Swedish-based software provider. First released in 1999, Conisio has been enhanced with additional capabilities and is used for document management by companies around the world including Tetra Pak, SAAB, W.L. Gore and F.L. Schmidt. To achieve seamless integration between Conisio and world-class software, GCS has long-term partnerships with leading software companies such as Microsoft, SolidWorks and Autodesk. For more information, contact Kenneth Hallberg, President of GCS Scandinavia at 011 46 8 744 4300 Email Contact.

About d2m3
With more than ten years of experience in information management, d2m3 ( www.d2m3.com) specializes in implementing PLM systems and business process solutions. Clients include a wide range of companies in manufacturing, construction and architecture. Solutions and services center on the Conisio system aimed at rapid implementation, fast return on investment, and increased personal productivity for everyone across the organization. The contact in North America is d2m3 Vice President of North American Business Development Patrick Brochu at 603 463 5880 Email Contact.

Conisio is a registered trademark of GCS Scandinavia AB. All other product names and trademarks are property of their respective holders.

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