PLANO, Texas -- EDS today announced a three-year agreement by its PLM Solutions line of business with General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), expanding an existi ng GM relationship for software and services. With the world’s largest productio n common global system, GM reinforces its commitment for product lifecycle manag ement (PLM) solutions to provide its development teams with simultaneous access to digital product information on their vehicle programs to facilitate faster ti me to market, better quality products and lower costs. The agreement was finalized during the third quarter of 2001 and was included in EDS’ new contract totals for that quarter. "Effective vehicle development collaboration is increasingly critical to our ove rall business," said Kirk Gutmann, information officer, Develop Product Informat ion Systems and Services, General Motors Corporation. "To successfully achieve a ggressive goals for the development of vehicles, we need to be able to conduct o n-going global engineering activities regardless of time or place. Our extensive collaborative engineering network, facilitated by the technology solutions prov ided by EDS, enables us to access digital information wherever and whenever we n eed. This allows us to keep our vehicle programs moving forward, and also provid es new tools that facilitate innovation. We can readily deal with complex issues such as maintaining consistent processes, enabling system integration, eliminat ing redundancy, and capturing best practices -- all supporting a business model of faster time to market with better quality and lower costs." "There are compelling business benefits associated with our continued efforts to enhance our real time collaboration between our product development and manufac turing teams with standardized tools and processes," said Dr. Heinz Lehnhoff, GM E Engineering IT officer. "Although our position in the world with common system s and integration to our joint ventures and suppliers is alreadysecond to none, state-of-the-art collaboration and visualization tools play a ke y role for us. Our commitment with EDS is strategic for us because we share a co mmon vision for the gains that remain within our immediate reach for the automot ive industry." Under the terms of this renewal contract, GM will continue to implement software offerings from EDS’s PLM Solutions, including:
- Unigraphics -- the premier CAD/CAM/CAE software system for the design, analy sis and manufacturing of products. Unigraphics has been adopted as GM’s corporat e standard with 11,350 copies of the product implemented in GM’s extended engine ering environment. Unigraphics is built on EDS’s geometry kernel, Parasolid, the industry standard for precise 3D geometry interoperability of multi-CAD environ ments.
- I-man -- an Internet-centric software application for the management of prod uct content. Now with over 30,000 copies of I-man implemented, GM users have ent erprise-wide access to product intellectual capital.
- Product Vision -- an advanced collaboration and visualization application th at is fully integrated with both Unigraphics and I-man that delivers visual engi neering information to both technical and non-technical users enabling the reali zation of a virtual product development vision. Product Vision is built on EDS’s E-vis visualization technology, the industry standard for viewing lightweight 3 D geometry from multiple-CAD systems.
"We are committed to providing the world’s premier manufacturing companies like General Motors with software and services that dramatically increase their produ ct lifecycle management productivity," said Tony Affuso, president, PLM Solution s, EDS. "By continuing to offer comprehensive enterprise software solutions that are open, scalable and collaborative, we enable our customers to achieve their key business imperatives quicker, creating overall business value for them and t heir customers. We are very pleased with our expanded relationship with General Motors and the innovation that GM has built into its vehicle development cycle."
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 world’s best technologies to address criti cal client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collabor ate in new ways, establish their customers’ trust and continuously seek improvem ent. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the wo rld’s leading companies and governments in 58 countries. EDS reported revenues o f $19.2 billion in 2000. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exc hange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange.