SOURCE: IBM

March 08, 2005 02:00 ET

Semi Conductor Devices (SCD) Speeds Product Innovation With PLM Solutions From IBM and Dassault Systèmes

Reduces Engineering Change Cycle Time by More Than 50% With SMARTEAM

MUNICH, GERMANY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 8, 2005 -- IBM and Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that Israel-based Semi Conductor Devices (SCD) has chosen their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions to streamline its product development processes.

With SMARTEAM, a leading collaborative product data and lifecycle management solution, SCD already has reduced its engineering change cycle time by more than 50%, standardizing change processes, eliminating errors and making existing data and knowledge easily accessible for reuse. SMARTEAM is an IBM PLM solution developed by Dassault Systèmes.

The challenge for SCD, a major supplier of infrared detectors and high-tech power laser diodes to the defense industry, is to introduce multiple new products quickly and at a lower price, while meeting the strict confidentiality and quality requirements of the defense sector. Because of the sensitive, confidential nature of the defense industry, SCD handles end-to-end development and production of most of its products and components in-house, creating demands on a company of its size more commonly found in much larger enterprises.

SCD wanted to speed time to market and improve quality by enabling 100% electronic-based data management of items. SMARTEAM has replaced the manual systems and many of the stand-alone functionalities that were once handled by the company's ERP system: bills of materials, documents, workflow processes, and lists of approved manufacturers. Feeding all enterprise systems (including Enterprise Resource Planning), SMARTEAM made it possible to drive the innovation process. SMARTEAM's implementation and user training was managed by EDMISO, an IBM PLM Business Partner.

"To meet all of the tough challenges we face as a relatively small electronics manufacturer, we chose SMARTEAM," said Alberto Burger vice president of Quality Assurance, SCD. "We needed a quickly implemented, standard solution accompanied by proven guidelines on how to optimize our product development processes, and that is what SMARTEAM delivered."

"SMARTEAM has helped SCD create efficiencies throughout the lifecycle, from design through manufacturing," said Angel Blanco Diaz, PLM manager, South Region, IBM Europe Middle East and Africa. "IBM, together with our Business Partner EDMISO, has enabled SCD to become more responsive to its customers and offer them higher quality products. The integration between systems also helps the company to streamline downstream processes."

"Reducing cycle time is critical to the competitiveness of small and mid-sized companies in fast-changing markets," said Denis Senpéré, vice president PLM Europe, Dassault Systèmes. "SMARTEAM has already enabled SCD to maximize product development efficiency, meaning the company can release its innovative products faster and more cost-effectively."

About SCD

SemiConductor Devices (SCD) develops and manufactures a full spectrum of infrared detectors and laser diodes. The company's advanced concepts and cutting-edge technologies have positioned it as one of the world's leading sources for high-end infrared components in the market. A substantial effort is invested in research & development activities, to ensure superiority for our current and future customers. To know more about SCD, please visit http://www.scd.co.il/

EDMISO - Boilerplate

Creating tangible business benefits to its customers through implementing PLM solutions is the focus of IBM business partner EDMISO LTD. Staffed with experts in the domain of PLM in general and SMARTEAM in particular, EDMISO provides the full range of PLM services in the various verticals, allowing quick and focused implementations that bring results rapidly through the utilization of best practices, predefined templates and proven skills. Please visit their site at www.edmiso.com to learn more about their offering.

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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