SOURCE: IBS AG

June 02, 2005 11:51 ET

IBS AG Excellence Collaboration Manufacturing Chooses IBM to Help Deliver On Demand Solutions to Meet Automotive Industry Customer Needs

Joins IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks

HOEHR-GRENZHAUSEN, GERMANY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 2, 2005 -- IBS AG Excellence Collaboration Manufacturing today announced it has achieved the industry optimized level in IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks. IBS AG can now take advantage of IBM's sales, marketing and technical expertise to develop and deliver on demand solutions that meet customer requirements in the Automotive industry.

For the Automotive Industry and their suppliers, a uniform and integral compliance management solution is required to foster a compliance culture in their entire organization. The solution from IBS, QSi Web System, provides a single, centralized and digital compliance management solution. Thus saving time in adhering to compliance mandates and decreasing the total cost of compliance. By adhering to principles of good corporate governance, there is a positive effect in the financial markets, as it results in reduced business operational risk, improves business performance, increases transparency and accountability in business processes, as well as, gaining a competitive advantage.

QSi Web System is unique because it focuses on the needs of the business community in an organization without burdening the IT community. It is a web-based product based on Java industry standards and being servlet based, poses a small footprint within IT and uses its meta-data facilities to allow knowledgeable users in the business community to tailor the solution suite to their requirements over time, without the need for costly IT support or customized programming. Training and implementation is measured in days and a couple of weeks, not months.

QSi Web System is running on IBM WebSphere Application Server as well as IBM DB2 Universal Database. Moreover, IBS solutions are enabled on IBM eServer pSeries, iSeries and xSeries, also supporting Linux.

Furthermore, IBS AG offers CAQ=QSYS® Automotive -- a system for integrated quality assurance in automobile construction that covers the entire process from the body shell to the finished product, protecting running capacity, punctuality, stability and reduced processing times throughout the production process. CAQ=QSYS® Automotive is a powerful information system that brings transparency to the full range of production data from the supplier to the dealer. It complies with all major standards such as TS16949 and enables traceability -- the precise localization of defective products. The IBS system delivers real-time information and enables OEM´s to act flexibly and quickly. CAQ=QSYS® provides visibility into quality data across all product phases (development / manufacture / proving).

"Automotive OEM's and Tier 1 - 3 suppliers are faced with being held accountable to higher standards, whether due to an increased regulatory and legal environment, especially for public corporation. Our customers want to take advantage of the most sophisticated technology available, in order to satisfy dynamic regulatory requirements and reduce their risk exposure," said Matthias Grossmann, IBS America Inc. CEO. He added, "Our close relationship with IBM has enabled us to optimize the efficiency of our industry-leading solutions on IBM hardware and middleware, simplifying and expediting implementation for our clients using IBM platforms."

"PartnerWorld Industry Networks is mobilizing thousands of ISVs, helping them to develop customized, industry solutions for customers," said Lesley Norris, director of ISV & Developer Relations, IBM Europe, Middle East, Africa. "Customers aren't seeking a one-size-fits-all solution -- they want tailored, industry-specific solutions that can help solve their business challenges. Through PartnerWorld Industry Networks, IBM is working closely with IBS AG to deliver open and flexible solutions to match our customers' needs."

The IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks provide ISVs with comprehensive business insight, technical resources, networking opportunities, and marketing and sales support designed to help them reach more customers and close deals faster. Participants in the PartnerWorld Industry Networks can team with IBM to bring on demand solutions to market more easily and to ensure these solutions meet specific industry needs, reflecting how customers buy technology today. ISVs, who have attained one or more Industry Optimized competences have successfully integrated with on demand IBM infrastructure software and hardware and demonstrated success with customers in the industries they note.

ISVs can sign up for PartnerWorld Industry Networks at www.ibm.com/isv.

About IBS AG Excellence Collaboration Manufacturing

IBS AG is one of the leading suppliers of cross-company standard software solutions and consulting services for industrial quality, production and compliance management. The company has been founded in 1982 and employs about 160 staff members in Europe and the United States. IBS AG is listed in the Prime Standard Segment of the Deutsche Börse and member of the GEX-German Entrepreneurial Index.

IBS America Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBS AG, is the leading developer of comprehensive, highly integrated software applications that enable businesses to achieve and maintain compliance with ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS 16949:2002, ISO 14000 and FDA 21 CFR Part 11 standards. And, to assure product quality throughout the entire product lifecycle from product development and manufacturing, through to final customer support.

For over 20 years, we have a proven track record with more than 3.600 successful implementations with loyal customers including Audi, Ball Packaging Europe, BMW, Caterpillar, DaimlerChrysler, Goodyear, Keiper, Siemens and Tyco Electronics. IBS has a certification for the Interface Software for the mySAP Business Suite and is participant of the SAP "powered by NetWeaver" initiative.

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