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25 October 2004

UGS Announces Teamcenter® Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2000

FOR RELEASE Monday, October 25, 2004

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (PDMA) CONFERENCE, CHICAGO – UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that Teamcenter® now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 3 Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2003.  With this announcement, UGS customers now have a choice of information technology (IT) platform for Teamcenter’s product knowledge management and collaboration solutions.

“The availability of Teamcenter on Microsoft SQL Server 2000 should contribute to lowering the overall cost-of-ownership of this PLM-enabling solution, opening the door to businesses in the small- to mid-range markets that require a smaller initial IT investment to implement PLM,” said John Moore, vice president and general manager, ARC Advisory Group.  “In addition, UGS’ new SQL Server-based offering provides another option for its core enterprise market.”

The release of Teamcenter on SQL Server 2000 fully utilizes the Microsoft technology platform to deliver collaboration, knowledge management and lifecycle process automation in a familiar Windows desktop environment.  Teamcenter solutions become more accessible, and affordable, for a wider community.  Customers are also able to use other SQL Server-based enterprise solutions, such as Windows SharePoint Services, SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services and BizTalk Server among others, all within a common IT infrastructure.

“Businesses of all sizes are adopting Windows Server System and SQL Server as the foundation for enterprise productivity,” said Steve Bashada, vice president of Teamcenter applications, UGS.  “Our ability to easily layer Teamcenter within that infrastructure provides rich, scalable PLM capabilities to our customers that can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively.  Businesses that have embraced the Microsoft platform will now have access to world’s leading PLM solution, Teamcenter, to enable their PLM vision.”

“By building on Microsoft technology, UGS continues to provide customers with proven solutions that address key business challenges by enabling improved collaboration and communication across the business,” said Don Richardson, director, Manufacturing Industry Unit at Microsoft.  “This is another example of how Microsoft’s integrated platform helps to optimize and automate critical business functions while allowing companies to leverage their existing technology investments.”

Teamcenter, from UGS, 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 open PLM foundation.  Teamcenter delivers modular, out-of-the-box solutions to fit every company’s PLM vision.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3.1 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.   Headquartered in Plano, Texas, 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 of PLM. 

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