MSC.Software Announces Release of Simulation Data Management Framework
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MSC.Software Announces Release of Simulation Data Management Framework

New Software and Services Offering Streamlines Virtual Product Development By Integrating Analysis Processes and Physical Test Information Into the VPD Environment

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software Corp. , the leading global provider of virtual product development tools including simulation software, services and systems, today announced the availability of MSC.SDM (Simulation Data Management) Framework 2003. The new software offering, a core component of the MSC.SDM solution suite, gives manufacturers the ability to consistently manage all of their simulated product performance data and the simulation models that create the data, automate their engineering processes and capture best-practice methods. MSC.Software customers will benefit by ensuring consistency and repeatability in their virtual product development (VPD) process, better preserving their intellectual property and ultimately reducing the time and cost of product development. MSC.SDM will be offered globally to major automotive and aero customers, and is MSC.Software's link to the multi billion-dollar market associated with product lifecycle management (PLM).

"For decades, software companies have given customers tools to help them generate product-performance and simulation data. One of the biggest challenges in PLM is to manage and take advantage of performance information, to enable better and faster product development. MSC.Software has leveraged our experience in management of crash, materials and other data to provide a comprehensive framework to help companies manage their simulation data and streamline their VPD process," said Frank Perna, chairman and chief executive officer of MSC.Software. "Manufacturers around the world have their CAD, CAE and other product development data spread among numerous databases in their globally distributed development sites, which doesn't facilitate collaboration and access by engineers enterprise-wide. MSC.SDM Framework complements product data management (PDM) and PLM by giving engineers a way to manage their most important product-performance data within a single, easily-accessible portal."

Product development relies on a combination of computer simulation (or "virtual prototyping") and physical testing to ultimately ensure performance and bring a product to market. Manufacturers around the world are increasing their use of virtual prototyping and reducing their dependence on physical prototyping in order to reduce development costs and get products to market faster. The increased reliance on VPD techniques necessitates a mechanism for managing the ever-increasing amount of performance-related product data that exist in a digital format, and for managing the processes that generate and make use of these data.

MSC.SDM interoperates with MSC.Software's simulation products as well as the other commercially supplied or in-house tools in customers' VPD environments. The MSC.SDM Framework is the foundation deployed by MSC.Software's Professional Services teams to create a web-based Enterprise Simulation Portal, giving companies enterprise-wide access to model and simulation data. This allows engineers to track computer models and VPD testing data, evaluate design changes and generate comparative reports of design changes and virtual tests. The MSC.Software Professional Services team works directly with customers to integrate the MSC.SDM Framework with legacy enterprise systems such as product data management (PDM) systems, and to configure the Enterprise Simulation Portal to the customer's specific processes and IT infrastructure. The use of state-of-the-art software techniques to encapsulate MSC.Software's data management expertise within the MSC.SDM Framework makes this deployment process quick and cost-effective. MSC.Software also provides customers with enterprise systems from the world's leading vendors such as IBM, HP and Sun to ensure the computing infrastructure can handle the enormous amount of simulation data generated during the VPD process.

For more information on MSC.SDM Framework please visit http://www.mscsoftware.com/products/ .

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software (NYSE: MNS) is the leading global provider of virtual product development tools, including software, services and systems, that helps companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1500 people in 22 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com .

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