Endeca Announces the Endeca Manufacturing Suite to Improve Quality and Cut Costs Across the Value Chain

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 28, 2009 Endeca Technologies, Inc., a search applications company, announced today the availability of the Endeca Manufacturing Suite, providing manufacturers with visibility that reduces risk and cost, and increases product quality by enhancing decision-making across the supply chain. Endeca also announced today the availability of Design for Supply 2.0, one of the search applications in the Manufacturing Suite. Design for Supply 2.0 helps global engineering and sourcing departments to better collaborate when choosing optimal parts for a new design to improve upstream part selection decisions to cut downstream costs. Endeca’s Manufacturing Suite also includes two additional search applications - Spend Analysis and Warranty Analysis - built on a single platform.

Endeca manufacturing customers, including Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Harris Corporation, John Deere, Raytheon, and Weatherford, rely on Endeca for information visibility across the value chain. Endeca manufacturing customers have saved tens to hundreds of millions of dollars by enabling global engineering, sourcing, quality and warranty departments to better collaborate across the value chain.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite provides visibility across previously siloed systems for key decision points in the value chain, such as selecting the best parts for a new product design, selecting the lowest risk supplier, and identifying the true source of product failures. Each search application in the Suite helps engineering, sourcing, quality, and warranty departments to easily interact with large volumes of diverse and changing information, improving millions of daily decisions. The suite makes the entire value chain more flexible and adaptable, raising quality while cutting costs.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite includes:

  • Endeca Design for Supply 2.0 helps global engineering and sourcing departments to better collaborate when choosing optimal parts for a new design. Design for Supply 2.0 provides unrestricted attribute analysis across data silos, encouraging discovery of parts that improve the quality of new designs and compliance with sourcing requirements. Unlike traditional search tools embedded in PLM, SCM, and other enterprise process applications, Design for Supply allows point-and-click exploration of fully integrated data from across the supply chain on a large scale, updating dynamically as preferences and needs change. Design for Supply 2.0 provides better visibility across previously isolated data, allowing engineers to reuse existing parts more frequently, introduce new parts less often, and align part selection with environmental and internal sourcing rules, moving products through the review process faster and decreasing the risk of expensive remediation later.
  • Endeca Spend Analysis provides unrestricted attribute analysis across data silos, encouraging the discovery of variations in part cost and performance across a product’s lifecycle. Endeca Spend Analysis enables intelligent sourcing to assess supplier risk, and to identify specific opportunities for reducing costs while maintaining quality compliance.
  • Endeca Warranty Analysis helps the quality department identify source part failures before they adversely impact cost, time-to-market, and customer satisfaction standards. For discrete manufacturing firms that need to trace reliability problems back to their source, Endeca Warranty Analysis provides unrestricted attribute analysis across data silos, encouraging discovery of the true source of failure – whether in parts, suppliers, or processes.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite is built on the McKinley release of the Endeca Information Access Platform, announced in March. The new platform boasts a redesigned engine that takes advantage of multi-core processors from chipmakers such as Intel to deliver faster performance on greater volumes of data on fewer servers. For developers, advances announced in the McKinley release of the Endeca Information Access Platform and its complementary tools allow the integration and exploitation of larger volumes of diverse and changing information.

As part of its commitment to provide relevant solutions to the manufacturing community, Endeca is working with a growing ecosystem of business partners to deliver and maintain applications that solve specific business problems, and to do so at dramatically lower total cost of ownership, quicker time-to-value, and lower risk than other approaches.

The Endeca Manufacturing Suite is available today. Endeca is featuring the Suite, including Design for Supply 2.0, at the AMR Research Supply Chain Executive Conference being held this week in Scottsdale, AZ and at the 2009 PLM Summit North America being held June 23 – 24th in Miami, FL. To learn about the latest product capabilities, visit http://www.endeca.com/manufacturing.

About Endeca

Endeca is a leading provider of search applications. Search applications built on Endeca’s technology deliver the clearest visibility into information, driving hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings and increased revenue for our customers. Powering these solutions is Endeca’s Information Access Platform, a major enterprise search innovation based on a fundamentally new architecture for building high-ROI applications that let users access any data from anywhere any way they need it. With this improved information visibility, customers make better choices, and employees better decisions. More than 250 million end users around the world access information through Endeca solutions, which are in use at more than 600 leading organizations including: ABN AMRO, Boeing, Cox Newspapers, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Dell, Ford Motor Company, Hyatt, IBM, John Deere, the Library of Congress, Texas Instruments, and Walmart.com.

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