September 22, 2008
Dassault Systèmes Presents PLM 2.0 Vision
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The University of Manitoba and, the North American reseller of CATIA educational software, unveiled the new state of the art Wardrop CAD Technology Centre at The University of Manitoba. The new laboratory, the only one of its kind in Canada, will feature an advanced computer-based product development program in the new engineering and information technology complex. It will also serve as a manufacturing facility providing comprehensive education to students, as well as skills upgrading and industry training. The complex features a 40-seat computer lab alongside a mini-simulated manufacturing lab, complete with a rapid prototyping machine, mini-numerical controlled
machine tools and a small virtual reality system. The Technology Centre features CATIA V5 from Dassault Systemes as its primary CAD system.

Ben Trowbridge, CEO of Alsbridge, Inc., an outsourcing advisory firm, released the following statement about the HP acquisition of EDS: "Now that Hewlett Packard has completed its acquisition of EDS there are many more questions that arise, such as how this will impact the outsourcing industry. Prior to the acquisition, it was unclear who made up the tier-one outsourcing list with IBM having a large lead in market share. Now, HP/EDS shifts the commercial dynamic, narrowing the playing field to two tier-one mega outsourcing providers. This new combination of tier-one providers leaves all the other providers racing for their share of market definition and a share of the biggest of
outsourcing contracts. I do believe that it is possible to see an increase in prices. This will mean every company should be reviewing their options and be ready for this new tier-one structure in technology outsourcing contracts. This change is refreshing to an otherwise mature industry. The change in the competitive landscape will be good for the industry in the long run. However, in the short term, I believe buyers need to think through the full impact on the competitive vendor landscape. The choices are clearly not the same for buyers as it will be for the providers. The old rules of thumb on outsourcing are now headed in new directions."

Dassault Systèmes confirmed a media report concerning a trade secret violation by Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software (DE) GmbH. On June 4, 2008 an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported that a violation by Siemens PLM of Dassault Systèmes trade secrets (including a specific customer list) had occurred. After investigation, Siemens admitted having found a list of 3216 customer names from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, as mentioned by the FAZ article. Siemens did not provide any explanations regarding how such trade secret was made available to Siemens PLM, nor how this sensitive information had been exploited, despite its presence on their intranet.
The specific customer list was returned to Dassault Systèmes by Siemens with the assurance that any copy thereof would be destroyed. Siemens further committed to respect Dassault Systèmes trade secrets. An internal audit conducted by Dassault Systèmes demonstrated that the above information was properly protected, and therefore Dassault Systèmes deeply regrets that information obtained illegally could be found on a competitor’s intranet, and reserves the right to any action it deems appropriate to enforce its rights.

CCE announced that it has added the ability to create heterogeneous multi-CAD assemblies to EnSuite Version 2 - its multi-CAD viewing, translation, and productivity software. This new feature enables users to build an assembly by inserting components from different proprietary and neutral CAD formats such as Pro/ENGINEER, CATIA V4 or V5, SolidWorks, Unigraphics, IGES, STEP, and Parasolid. This new feature makes it possible for each individual or company involved in a collaborative product development project to create and modify components in their own CAD system while the entire assembly can be viewed, evaluated and marked up in a single environment. The software eliminates the need to
invest in multiple CAD systems to perform design reviews which involve collaborators working in multiple CAD systems. Users who are viewing a multiple CAD assembly model can rotate, transform, move, and delete components in the assembly model. They can add redlining, mark-up callouts, and standard shapes and text. EnSuite identifies the bill of materials (BOM) for the assembly. The Isolate Part function can isolate a part by making all of the other parts in an assembly transparent. The exploded view capability shows how parts fit together with other parts in the assembly without interference from other parts.

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