IBM, Dassault Systemes, i2 Technologies and Siebel Systems to Deliver Complete e-business Solutions Across the Extended Enterprise

Companies Agree to e-business Infrastructure to Support Integration of Product Lifecycle Management and Strategic Business Processes

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White Plains, New York (USA) - 21 Jun 2000: -- IBM today announced an alliance for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions enabling customers to integrate key product development, product life and strategic business processes. These solutions help companies speed innovation to market using product development processes and knowledge across the value chain.

IBM, along with Dassault Systemes, i2 Technologies, and Siebel Systems, have agreed on architectures to provide companies of all sizes and industries with e-business solutions and services linking Product Lifecycle Management capabilities (PLM) to customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Integration of these processes enables companies to respond faster and more efficiently to their customers, collaborate more easily with their suppliers, and improve their business results. The news of this alliance follows today's launch of IBM's new Global Product Lifecycle Management Solutions.

The alliance builds on the existing initiatives and the extensive capabilities of each of these leading e-business providers. It will combine and accelerate delivery of complete and compatible software, consulting, and service offerings to address the entire digital extended enterprise, from customer process assessments, implementation roadmaps and process consulting, through application positioning, solution integration, implementation services and e-business infrastructure.

"To remain competitive, companies today must respond to a range of internal and external forces. Companies must compete through product innovation (PLM) in addition to operational efficiency (ERP and SCM) and customer intimacy (CRM)," said Martin Jetter Jr., general manager, Product Lifecycle Management, IBM. "This alliance brings together best-of-breed e-business solutions for businesses that are striving to innovate and gain a competitive advantage from a digital enterprise environment."

Dassault Systemes' President Bernard Charles added, "This unique strategic alliance creates customer value around the digital enterprise, the core of which are the Dassault Systemes authoring applications for the creation, simulation and knowledge of products, processes and resources."

"The collaboration of IBM, Dassault, Siebel, and i2 will provide unmatched, total product lifecycle solution coverage for critical strategic business processes like supply chain management and customer relationship management. The combined solutions will allow customers to accelerate new product introductions and have true integration across their enterprises," said Romesh Wadhwani, vice chairman of i2.

"This alliance will allow companies to improve their top line revenue growth and bottom line profitability as it will dramatically simplify the integration of key business processes around product data. Companies can collaborate better with their supplier s and deliver far more responsive service to their customers," said Paul Wahl, president and chief operating officer of Siebel Systems.

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