Positive Customer Reaction</span></strong></p><p><span>Juergen Peulen, president of Keykert USA Inc., a supplier of automotive latching systems, said his company intends to use IBMPlaces.ihost.com with an initial focus on design engineering collaboration software. "We need the ability to have an engineer at any location share product design knowledge. This will enable our engineers at various global sites to work as a single unified team via the Web. By sharing best practices & lessons learned, we can extend our technological competitive advantage."</span></p><p><span>William Lang, IBM national practice executive for the automotive industry adds: "IBMPlaces.ihost.com minimizes the risk plaguing the dot.com industry because software vendors can bring new solutions to market faster & at less cost by using the delivery infrastructure created by IBM. In turn, the easier access, simplicity & lower - 11 Jan 2001: Currently available and offered from Lotus Development Corp., are Sametime™ and QuickPlace™ products. Sametime is a software based real-time collaboration tool that allows users to find others who are online, communicate with them through text chat, and share applications and white boards. Sametime enables employees in different locations to work together in a virtual office environment with real-time language translation. Lotus QuickPlace enables teams to create collaborative work places on the Web in seconds with no training or technical help. Lotus QuickPlace also provides task and project management services for extended enterprise teams.
Engineering Collaboration - Currently available is Digital Engineering Office (DEO), designed to help organizations collaborate on the product development process. Based on business collaboration tools, it allows managers, professionals and support staff who do not have access to engineering design tools to become more involved in the product development and review process. DEO allows access to engineering CAD, CAM, CAE data and text and office productivity data from a standard browser. DEO also offers language translation.
Quality Management - Available in April, this application - offered in partnership with IQS Business Systems - provides a unified system for helping the auto industry enhance critical quality processes and comply with standards such as QS-9000, and its components such as APQP, PPAP and FMEA. Operated in a networked environment, this unified system is a significant step in helping auto manufacturers reduce costs.
Web Data Interchange - Available in the second quarter, this utility - offered in partnership with Synapz - will provide a low-cost alternative to supplement traditional electronic data interchange functions. Services in a variety of formats, including ANSI X.12, EDIFACT and simple spreadsheet or word formats, provide flexibility. The low cost will allow higher levels of supplier participation in the EDI environment.
IBMPlaces.ihost.com, which will be operated by IBM Global Services, was built by the organization using established industry standards including Java and XML. It will provide sophisticated load balancing, security, storage, network management and application management demanded by the automotive industry.
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