TSX VENTURE : EGN Incorporated

November 11, 2005 14:36 ET Announces Collaboration Suite 2006; Hosted Engineering Solution Enhances Distributed PLM

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 11, 2005) -

New features increase functionality for Product Introduction Collaboration Inc. (TSX VENTURE:EGN) today released V.2006 of the Collaboration Suite, the premier hosted engineering collaboration solution for manufacturers. Complete with online project management, lightweight CAD model viewing, document management, web-conferencing and supplier management, Collaboration Suite helps companies manage their new product introductions and other product development processes across distributed design and manufacturing teams.

One distributed engineering team making use of these capabilities is Aiolos, a leading designer and builder of automotive wind tunnels and test facilities for clients all over the world. According to Graham Thomas, Vice President Business Development, " has allowed our geographically distributed team to maintain effective communication between our engineering design team in North America, our on-site construction partner and our customer in France. We already owned a deployed PLM solution, but Collaboration Suite's ease of use and the ability to bring external participants into the project team quickly were the deciding factors leading us to go with"

"Our research has shown that many PLM solutions fail due to lack of user adoption, which is especially important when distributed internal and external teams are involved. We have focused our efforts in this release on adding new features that will make Collaboration Suite even easier to use," said John Hayes, President of "To enhance the virtual team environment, new features include things like easier administration of accounts for external users such as customers and suppliers. This allows all users to easily add external bidders for tooling or component parts by simply entering their email address. Managing the bids is easy and secure, and users can collaborate on drawings, parts and assemblies with their external suppliers without having the same CAD systems."

Additional new features within Collaboration Suite will further enhance the user experience by improved management of process-oriented documents like quotations and costing worksheets across distributed locations. These features include online document editing capabilities and automatic email notifications when new files are uploaded or tasks are due.

"Because this solution is hosted by, our customers received all of the new 2006 functionality automatically at no additional cost and without having to install any new software," added Hayes. "Today's enhancements represent another demonstration of our commitment to delivering the best online engineering collaboration solution in the market."

About Incorporated Incorporated (TSXV:EGN) is the developer of the online resource and business for engineers. offers hosted and deployed engineering software and services to manufacturers, design consultants and engineering students around the world. The Incorporated head office is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and can be reached toll-free at 1- (877) 997-9917, by facsimile at (905) 273-6691 or through the Internet at

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