EDS Announces New Releases of Industry Solutions for Flagship Product Lifecycle Management Portfolio, Teamcenter(R)
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EDS Announces New Releases of Industry Solutions for Flagship Product Lifecycle Management Portfolio, Teamcenter(R)

'Fast to Value' Solutions Deliver EDS Expertise, Best Practices to Four Key Industries

PLANO, Texas, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EDS today announced the new releases of its industry solutions built on the flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) portfolio, Teamcenter(R), including enhanced versions of Teamcenter Aerospace and Defense, Teamcenter Automotive Supplier and Teamcenter High Tech Electronics, and the launch of a new industry solution, Teamcenter Consumer and Packaged Goods. Each of the four packaged industry solutions can be deployed quickly and cost effectively for fast time-to-value.

"Teamcenter is the de facto standard for the automotive and aerospace industries, transforming intellectual assets into better products with reduced costs to achieve bottomline business value," said Tony Affuso, president of EDS PLM Solutions. "With 8 of the top 10 aerospace contractors, and 9 out of 10 automotive OEMs standardized on Teamcenter, we are experienced in industries with highly complex products and intense competitive pressures. Teamcenter packages our industry knowledge and best practices in fast-to-value solutions that can be used quickly by the extended value chain of suppliers and customers. Now, with solutions for high tech electronics and consumer packaged goods added to our Teamcenter industry solutions portfolio, we're bringing solutions to emerging markets where the broader benefits of PLM have only just begun to be realized."

Teamcenter industry solutions are developed in collaboration with industry leaders such as Northrop Grumman in aerospace and defense and Procter & Gamble in the consumer packaged goods industry. The solutions are built on the new, consolidated Teamcenter platform, which provides the PLM digital enterprise backbone for industry and business process domain solutions.

  Industry Solutions Information
  Teamcenter Aerospace and Defense

Teamcenter Aerospace and Defense enables global program and team collaboration to manage extremely complex products, long development cycles and stringent processes. The new release of Teamcenter Aerospace and Defense features a secure, web-native environment with PLM capabilities for program- driven change and configuration management, audit management, scheduling, document management and CDRL/SDRL data management.

"EDS' Aerospace and Defense solution delivers vital functionality in compliance with government requirements -- a critical factor in our industry," said Kathy Evans, PDM business process manager, Goodrich Aerostructures. "We've replaced 40 legacy systems, providing 4,200 multi-site users with easy and quick access to the right product data, significantly reducing our system maintenance costs."

Teamcenter Automotive Supplier

Teamcenter Automotive Supplier provides automotive suppliers worldwide with an enterprise-wide process and information backbone to improve execution in business domains including new business procurement, product design and standards compliance.

"We need organizational agility to react to the changing dynamics within our industry," said Tim Armstrong, vice president of quality and information systems, Wescast Industries. "Teamcenter Automotive Supplier provides information management and collaboration capabilities that are tailored to automotive supplier data, processes and standards, enabling us to quickly adapt to increasingly complex requirements throughout the product lifecycle."

The new release of Teamcenter Automotive Supplier includes the ability to manage a single shared bill-of-material (BOM) integrated with computer-aided design (CAD) and visualization information to eliminate BOM conflicts and confusion. Additionally, it provides expanded RFQ, RFI capabilities and improved support for ISO standards such as PPAP and AQP so that automotive suppliers and their customers can collaborate on product information, development, tooling and delivery processes online.

Teamcenter Consumer and Packaged Goods

Leveraging brand equity and intellectual capital, Teamcenter Consumer and Packaged Goods reduces total delivered cost associated with new product launches by accelerating the artwork and package design and approval process on both new and existing concepts. This solution also enables suppliers, business allies, and customers to collaborate in a web-centric extended enterprise across all stages of the product lifecycle.

"With our artwork and packaging implementation of Teamcenter at P&G, we've seen several examples of significant reduction in cycle time, an increase in productivity of 2 to 3 times in certain businesses, and expect a dramatic reduction in artwork design costs," said Tom Massung, associate director, IT Business Solutions -- PLM, Procter & Gamble. "We're working with EDS to bring these kinds of efficiencies to our entire global business, our network of suppliers, business partners and customers, helping EDS PLM Solutions to establish Teamcenter Consumer and Packaged Goods as a standard in the industry."

Teamcenter High Tech Electronics

Teamcenter High Tech Electronics enables companies to leverage existing enterprise assets to bring products to market faster while reducing material and manufacturing costs. Utilizing enhanced enterprise digital collaboration and systems integration, this solution promotes the use/reuse of standard components and suppliers. The new High Tech Electronics' release includes part classification and component library management, vendor management with Approved Vendor Lists, table driven BOM editing, graphical lifecycle display and Mentor Graphics support in addition to existing CADENCE and InterComm integrations.

"Teamcenter High Tech Electronics provides one integrated, web-native environment where global teams in technology companies can manage all of their mechanical, electrical and software design product information. In addition, it provides the environment and tools for teams to share design information early in the development process and to evolve over the life of the project," said Andrew Mitchell, director of Teamcenter product management, EDS PLM Solutions. "All of our industry solutions reflect EDS' commitment to incorporate extensive industry knowledge and best practices we have learned from working with our strategic customers to provide a packaged, industry- specific, configurable solution that is quick to implement and which provides a rapid, low-risk return on investment and low cost of ownership."

About EDS

EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, business transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world's best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers' trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world's leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2002. The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Learn more at http://www.eds.com/ .

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