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17 December 2002

Solid Edge Insight From EDS Named Best Computer Productivity Tool of 2002 By Design News Magazine

Plano, Texas -- EDS today announced Design News Magazine has named new technolog y in its Solid Edge® computer-aided design (CAD) software the best new compu ter productivity tool for 2002. Design News announced the award in its Dec. 2 issue, citing Solid Edge and Insig ht, its built-in design management technology. “Working transparently, most users will not even know they are using data management tools,” the magazi ne reported. “It removes the burden from the user to learn and implement wh at has historically been complex technology,” the magazine quoted its judge s as saying. Solid Edge was the only software packaged selected. Besides computer productivit y, the magazine cited best products in other categories such as fasteners and fl uid power. “The annual Best Products of the Year contest is one of the many ways Design News showcases the efforts of design engineers and the vendors who support them,” said Michelle Lang, associate editor of Design News. “W hile flashy end products such as jet planes and cars grab everyone’s attention, the enabling technology behind them is what we focus on in this contest. Without that enabling technology -- whether it’s CAD, components, or materials -- the f lashy end products would not exist. Our contest spotlights the best enabling tec hnology available.” “Representing the best engineering of their class, this year’s winners feat ure a common thread of efficiency,” the Design News article said. “Whe ther it’s cutting back on design time by combining a data management system with a CAD program, reducing vibration with a new fastener, or limiting pressure pul sations with a pump, these Best Product winners all aim to make your job easier, safer, and more productive.” “This is an extremely prestigious award from a very well respected publicat ion,” said Dan Staples, director of the Solid Edge business unit at EDS PLM Solutions. “2002 was a great yearof innovation at Solid Edge and our customer community will receive the product ivity dividends for many years to come as design management becomes an integral part of their design processes.” Design News also credited Solid Edge for its ties with standard Microsoft .NET s erver technology. “Extending to Microsoft SharePoint™ Portal Server, ( Solid Edge’s) web components allow users to access product information via Internet Explorer, track changes to CAE files, and automatically synchronize fil e servers,” the magazine said. The strength of Solid Edge Insight technolog y’s integration with Microsoft’s SharePoint was reinforced in October when Microsoft announced that 10 million licenses of SharePoint Portal Server ha ve been licensed in just 17 months. The cover-story article announcing the award appears in the Dec. 2 print issue a nd may also be viewed on the web at Design News. The Solution Solid Edge from EDS is po werful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insigh t and to reduce time to market, improve quality and lower cost. The exclusive So lid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly withi n CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhan cing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core mod eling and process workflows, has reduced Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and th eir related rework by 50 percent or more. The extensive Solid Edge user communi ty is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alco a, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 160 integ rated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions. About EDS EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, bus iness transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and techn ology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world’s best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clie nts eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers&#14 6; trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world’s leading companies and governme nts in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. The company ’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the Londo n Stock Exchange. Note to editors: Solid Edge is a registered trademark of EDS or its subsidiarie s in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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