PLANO, Texas -- EDS and A.T. Kearney today announced that the first customer of a new eSourcing software suite the two groups introduced in April is the Closure s group of Intier Automotive Inc., a leading tier one automotive supplier. Under the agreement, financial terms of which were not disclosed, Intier Automot ive Closures will introduce the new Teamcenter® product lifecycle sourcing s olution as an integrated enterprise-wide product development, collaboration and sourcing platform.
New eSourcing Software Solution
The eSourcing software solution provides purchasing professionals with input to design data earlier in the product development process -- potentially providing companies with significant cost savings. The solution integrates the new 5.0i version of the eBreviate® eSourcing sui te of technologies from the A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions unit into Teamcen ter, EDS PLM Solutions flagship product lifecycle management solution, cre ating a vital linkage between the engineering and procurement functions. Procur ement professionals provide input to product design data via Teamcenter, the dig ital enterprise backbone that enables companies to unite product knowledge with process innovation. Incorporating purchasing earlier in the process enables companies to achieve pro duct cost savings of up to 20 percent and reduce time-to-market cycles 10 percen t to 20 percent, according to Tim Minahan, vice president of supply chain resear ch at The Aberdeen Group, a leading IT market research and positioning services firm. We are pleased to be working with Intiers Closures group as our firs t customer in this important strategic initiative, said Tony Affuso, presi dent of EDS PLM Solutions. The value proposition of the Teamcenter product lifecycle sourcing solution is unmistakable. Bringing sourcing professionals in to the product lifecycle earlier, will enable Intier to gain significant advanta ges.
Minimizing the Cost of Growth
Intier Closures’ selection of the Teamcenter product lifecycle sourcing solution reflects its decision to combine the sourcing and supplier development function ality of eBreviate with the program management, bill of material (BOM) managemen t, and engineering data management functionality enabled by Teamcenter. The new system will support 900 internal users and suppliers on three continents, result ing in a common product development and sourcing environment across the enterpri se. Intier Closures is in a position where we need to design and deploy a busi ness and technology infrastructure to support a period of rapid business growth over the next three years, said John Farrell, president of Intier Automoti ve Closures. To ensure that significant competitive advantage is realized , we must minimize the cost of this growth while at the same time enhance the ef ficiency and effectiveness of our product development and launch activities. Aft er an extensive review of the industry and a competitive selection process, we c oncluded that the Teamcenter product lifecycle sourcing solution is unique in th e marketplace. We believe that EDS PLM knowledge and experience in supporting the a utomotive engineering process coupled with A.T. Kearneys eBreviate eSourci ng suite and leadership in strategic sourcing offers a combination of technology and domain expertise that no other company can demonstrate.
About Intier Automotive
Intier is a global full-service supplier and integrator of automotive interior a nd closure components, systems and modules. It directly supplies most of the maj or automobile manufacturers in the world and employs over 22,000 people at 65 ma nufacturing facilities, and 17 product development, engineering and testing cent ers in North America, Brazil, Europe, Japan and China.
About A.T. Kearney
A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions
provides comprehensive strategic procurement ser vices to clients with needs that range from tactical cost savings to outsourced strategic sourcing services to complete procurement transformation. A.T. Kearney Procurement Solutions augments the strategic sourcing expertise of A.T. Kearney (www.atkearney.com), one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing management consulting firms. With a global presence that includes more than 60 offices in 3 7 countries, spanning major and emerging markets, A.T. Kearney provides strategi c, operational, organizational and technology consulting and executive search se rvices to the world’s leading companies. A.T. Kearney is the high-value managem ent consulting subsidiary of global services leader EDS.
EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, bus iness transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the wo rlds best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. I t helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their c ustomers trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its managemen t-consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the worlds leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 200 2. The companys stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS ) and the London Stock Exchange. Teamcenter and eBreviate are trademarks or registered trademarks of EDS or its s ubsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.