26 October 2004

UGS and HP Announce New Pre-Configured PLM Solutions to Streamline Acquisition, Implementation and Support

FOR RELEASE Tuesday, October 26, 2004

PLANO, Texas and PALO ALTO, Calif. –UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and HP (NYSE; NASDAQ: HPQ) today announced a new family of pre-configured, pre-tested solutions that significantly enhance the total customer experience relative to acquisition, implementation and ongoing support of aPLMdeployment.

Each solution, known as aPLMAppliance, includesUGS’ Teamcenter®PLMsoftware, built on Microsoft Windows Server System running on HP ProLiant servers or  HP-UX running on HP 9000 servers along with HP OpenView software, storage, networking switches, HA capabilities bundled with planning, implementation and support services fromUGSand HP.PLMAppliance solutions are designed to reduce costs and time-to-value through rapid, consistent deployment while maintaining high system availability and security as well as broad adaptability to varied customer environments.

“GM has deployed the PLM Appliance at multiple production sites around the world, and measured a significant savings in terms of reduced start-up time and lower ongoing support costs,” said Terry Kline, General Motors Global Information Officer for Product Development. “The PLM Appliance has allowed us to drive common processes and systems around the world to leverage GM’s global footprint.  In addition, the solution is highly repeatable, enabling us to easily roll out new implementations globally.  GM is pleased to see that the strong relationship between HP and UGS has produced this high value solution for the PLM market.”

Joint effort

PLMAppliances are the result of UGS and HP collaborating at General Motors to address the auto company’s secure distributed computing needs in product development. The solution is now being made available to others; it addresses thePLMcustomers’ growing need to quickly and effectively deployPLMsolutions that are flexible, adaptable and easy-to-use while offering increased visibility into the total cost of ownership. The concept has been successfully field-tested with several different customers and is now being expanded to a family of offerings aimed at design communities of various size and configuration complexity.

PLMAppliances are currently available in three different functional configurations ranging from a 25 user system up to a 1,000 user system, each with the flexibility to be scaled to address varying needs for process support:

  • Design management – includes Teamcenter’s design management solution to provide a multi-CAD capability that enables design and manufacturing teams to seamlessly leverage the design data created by any major CAD system. One CAD interface is included with multiple additional interfaces available.
  • Managed development environment for NX – similar to the previous configuration but optimized forUGS’ NX CAD application, automatically capturing and managing NX product information from every stage of development and enabling manufacturers to control and continuously improve design, engineering and manufacturing processes.
  • Lifecycle collaboration – includes and extends Teamcenter’s product knowledge in workflow-driven processes to individuals, teams, project managers, suppliers, allied partners and downstream participants in the product lifecycle; and is presented in a familiar Windows desktop environment.

“This is a significant announcement forUGSand HP that not only reduces our customers’ time-to-value forPLMimplementations but also builds on the strong, strategic relationship between our two companies,” saidChris Kelley, vice president of marketing for theUGSPartner Program. “PLMAppliances leverage the combined expertise ofUGSand HP in deploying and supporting production ready product lifecycle solutions. Together, we deliver a streamlined, high-value offering to the design community.”

EachPLMAppliance customer will have a single point of contact for ongoing support of their appliance, covering hardware and software issues seamlessly, to maximize efficiency and enhance the total customer experience.

PLMAppliances are immediately available exclusively inNorth Americaas complete solutions from eitherUGSor HP.

“The PLM Appliance is a tangible example of HP’s Adaptive Enterprise vision in the product development environment; it takes a significant amount of the implementation and support cost out of product lifecycle management,” said Neal Elgersma, Director, Worldwide Automotive Industry, HP. “Working together, HP and UGS invested in developing and proving this concept in the automotive industry. However it is just as applicable in many other industries including aerospace, high-tech electronics and consumer packaged goods, where we expect to see similar benefits.”


Teamcenter, fromUGS, connects people and processes -- creating, capturing and sharing product knowledge to power innovation and productivity, through an integrated portfolio of proven solutions built on Teamcenter’s openPLMfoundation.  Teamcenter delivers modular, out-of-the-box solutions to fit every company’sPLMvision.

HP Servers

HP offers customers one of the broadest server portfolios in the industry, ranging from ProLiant and Integrity servers to NonStop systems, along with industry leading storage and management software and services for the Adaptive Enterprise.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters endedJuly 31, 2004, HP revenue totaled $78.4 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.


UGSis a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.  The company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value ofPLM.

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