CHICAGO, National Manufacturers Week -- Sun Microsystems, Inc and EDS today intr oduced a rapidly deployable iForce
SM product lifecycle management (PL M) solution designed to help aerospace, automotive and high-tech manufacturing e nvironments achieve a competitive advantage through more innovative product desi gn. This hardware and software solution builds on the "Continuum of Services" a lliance that Sun and EDS announced last year. With the new offering, Sun and EDS, through the EDS PLM Solutions line of busine ss, present a seamless, best-practice approach to help manufacturers accelerate their PLM implementations, reduce costs and speed new product time-to-market thr ough a pre-tested, customizable collaborative product commerce (CPC) solution th at can be production-deployed in customer environments in just 90 days. "Companies in today’s industry are seeking new approaches to improve their compe titiveness, and PLM is now recognized as one of these critical approaches. But i ndustry also demands quick and highly effective implementations of these solutio ns from the suppliers that provide them," said Ed Miller, president, CIMdata. " Today’s announcement from EDS and Sun reflects this demand, and demonstrates tha t these two major suppliers are working collaboratively to broaden their solutio ns and enhance the ability of their customers to gain benefit from their offerin gs more quickly and easily." Already, customers such as Seagate have implemented EDS and Sun solutions for CP C to drive improved collaboration among engineers, suppliers, partners and custo mers. Enabling future customers to leverage best-practices methodologies and te sted solutions from Sun and EDS will help customers to build secure, accessible, Web-based environments that can be implemented more quickly and with less risk. The result of such implementations is a product-driven "virtual manufacturing enterprise" that draws together design and manufacturing partners who are best-i n-class for their core competencies. "In my mind, a strong CPC [PLM] solution does a lot more than improve efficiency and drive down costs for a company like ours," said Pete Diepersloot, senior en gineering director, Seagate. "Since our engineers have universal access to produ ct data anytime, anywhere, they’re substantially more efficient and productive." Now more than ever, manufacturers are under pressure to streamline their product development processes and integrate the disparate contributors to the product l ifecycle -- including design engineers, suppliers, partners and customers. Grea ter collaboration and improved visibility across supply chains will help compani es increase cost savings and efficiencies by minimizing design flaws; establish better relationships with key customers; reduce iterations by including customer input earlier in the design process; fuel innovation by promoting the open exch ange of ideas; and reduce time-to-market with timely access to business partner and supplier information, which results in fewer late -breaking product changes. PLM solutions from Sun and EDS are based on open, standards-based technologies s uch as EDS’ pre-configured Teamcenter industry solutions and the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE), Sun Enterprise servers and Sun StorEdge&# 153;, and Java technology to help customers effectively leverage the Inter net.
Industry Leaders Combine For Best-in-Class Solutions iForce Solutions, an important part of Sun’s iForce Initiative, are designed to help customers leverage the network to speed time to new product development. T his iForce PLM solution is planned for deployment in Sun iForce Centers and EDS Authorized iForce Ready Centers around the world. Deploying solutions in iForce Centers provides customers with a collaborative environment to build customized proof-of-concept demonstrations that tailor iForce Solutions to meet their uniq ue environments.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The Computer[tm ] -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) to its position as a le ading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http:/ /sun.com.
About EDS EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation and hosting for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the dig ital economy. EDS brings together the worlds best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, c ollaborate in new ways, establish their customers trust and continuously s eek improvement. EDS, with its management-consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the worlds leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. The companys stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iForce, Sun Enterprise, Sun StorEdge, Java, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.