SOURCE: IBM

March 08, 2005 02:00 ET

RAYLASE Strengthens Innovation With PLM Solutions From IBM and Dassault Systèmes

Plans to Reduce Time to Market and Development Costs in Less Than One Year Using SMARTEAM

MUNICH, GERMANY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2005 -- IBM and Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that RAYLASE has chosen their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Solutions to streamline its product development processes and reduce both time to market and development costs.

With SMARTEAM, a leading collaborative product data and lifecycle management solution, RAYLASE, an international pioneer, developing modular components and subsystems for laser beam deflection, projects a return on investment in less than one year. During that period, the company expects the size of its SMARTEAM implementation to increase significantly. SMARTEAM is an IBM PLM solution developed by Dassault Systèmes.

Since its foundation in 1999, RAYLASE, a mid-sized company, has grown rapidly and today is the worldwide market leader in its area of business. RAYLASE will use SMARTEAM to integrate, in an open environment and in a flexible way, the engineering disciplines of electrical, software, mechanical and optical design, thus creating and managing consistent data in a secure environment. That data will be accessible by the company's extended network of partners.

SMARTEAM meets RAYLASE's specific requirements because of the solution's strong set of industry templates and its open architecture and adaptation to IT standards, as well as its flexibility in leveraging data from existing enterprise applications and systems. SMARTEAM will also ensure that the company's future needs are met when the complete system definition, its requirements and its functional and local design are managed in a consistent environment.

"In the electronics industry, we need highly flexible solutions to integrate our innovative laser components into our customers' products, whether those customers are end-users or OEMs," said Peter von Jan, CEO of RAYLASE. "Thus, we need powerful and easy to adapt solutions. With SMARTEAM, we will not only manage more efficiently all our engineering documents, but also better integrate our dynamic partner network, taking into consideration a very large range of international as well as local standards requirements with which our components and products must comply. The key factor in our market is innovation combined with flexibility, and IBM as well as the SMARTEAM solution, provide us with just that."

"RAYLASE, like other electronics companies today, is facing a most challenging business and market environment: as the pace of innovation and technology accelerates, RAYLASE is requested to deliver its products faster, with a higher quality and at a reduced cost," said Harald Robok, manager of PLM Central Region for IBM Europe Middle East and Africa. "At the same time, RAYLASE is facing increasing product complexity. Our open and flexible PLM Solutions will help them meet those tough challenges and increase both quality and innovation while cutting costs and product development cycles. This is another acknowledgement of our continuous and strong dedication to support highly innovative electronics companies."

"SMARTEAM will serve as a competitive advantage for RAYLASE in a fast-changing market," said Denis Senpéré, vice president PLM Europe, Dassault Systèmes. "In the world of laser-based technologies, speed of innovation is critical. With SMARTEAM, RAYLASE will be able to integrate its partner network, manage its multi-disciplinary data efficiently, and ensure that it exceeds the requirements of its customers. RAYLASE understands the transformative value of PLM and will quickly experience the cost savings and reduced development time that our PLM solutions have been proven to deliver."

About RAYLASE

RAYLASE is an international pioneer, developing modular components and subsystems for laser beam deflection and supplying these to a worldwide market. A professional consulting service, tailored products and continuous customer support are the pillars which support our company strategy. The RAYLASE service range encompasses deflection heads for CO2, HeNe and Nd:YAG lasers, frequency-doubled and frequency-tripled Nd:YAG lasers, diode and argon lasers. Its products handle laser beams with a power capacity between a few milliwatts and one kilowatt. To know more about RAYLASE, visit http://www.raylase.de.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest technological company, providing leadership and innovation throughout the world for more than 80 years. IBM is the largest supplier of "hardware," "software" and Information Technology services, and pioneered the development and implementation of "e-business" solutions. IBM Sales & Distribution, which supports more than a dozen key industries worldwide, works with companies of all sizes around the world to deploy the full range of IBM technologies. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com.

About Dassault Systèmes

As world leader in 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 80,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks®), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®). Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

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