FOR RELEASE Tuesday, July 5, 2005
PLANO, Texas– UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that it has expanded its relationship with Microsoft®, the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions. This expansion will include the integration of Microsoft’s business application management platform and UGS’ Teamcenter® product lifecycle management solutions to provide a single source for product and process data allowing easy access and reuse of data.
Expansion of the current relationship is based on increasing customer demand for business solutions like enterprise resource planning (ERP) and PLM that work together to improve a customers’ ability to transform its process of innovation to bring unique products to market at reduced cost and faster time to market. Extending the reach of Teamcenter from enterprise to mid-market ERP systems allows companies of all sizes to effectively and efficiently implement PLM, expanding access to a broader range of customers.
The new solutions will unite data from engineering with corporate ERP processes to smooth the flow of projects from engineering through to manufacturing. The integration of UGS’ Teamcenter and Microsoft Business Solutions – Great Plains®, a cross-industry financial management solution designed for the mid-market is possible due to the open standards approach of both Microsoft and UGS.
“This level of collaboration and innovation has been the norm of operation for large companies, but the increasing adoption of Microsoft Business Solutions has put the capabilities in reach to a much larger market segment,” said Steve Bashada, vice president of Teamcenter applications, UGS. “The open standards approach of both Microsoft and UGS has enabled the companies to aggressively bring this solution to market. This will be the first solution to provide seamless interoperability between Microsoft Great Plains and Teamcenter, with a Microsoft Business Solutions – Axapta® integration to follow.”
“UGS and Microsoft’s commitment to integrated innovation has allowed UGS to continue to deliver PLM solutions that meet the demands of our joint customers,” said Dave O’Hara, vice president of business development, Microsoft Business Solutions. “The PLM domain expertise and industry knowledge of UGS, combined with Microsoft’s business application management platform, allow us to deliver solutions that help customers realize a lower total cost of ownership while maximizing their existing technology investments.”
“Together Microsoft and UGS offer superior capabilities to deliver unified solutions for the enterprise and mid-market. The combination of Teamcenter with Microsoft Great Plains and Microsoft Axapta will provide leadership to manufacturing businesses for years to come,” said Kerry Grimes, vice president, Mid Market and Global Channel Sales, UGS. “This integration will create new business opportunities for partners of both companies. This will enhance UGS’ global partner network and it will offer Microsoft Great Plains and Microsoft Axapta implementation partners an opportunity to grow their business and be more competitive in selling their existing Microsoft business solutions.”
Microsoft Great Plains
Microsoft Great Plains is a cross-industry financial management solution for midmarket segment businesses. The latest version, Microsoft Great Plains 8.0, delivers improved usability; richer functionality for distribution, manufacturing and project accounting; greater capabilities through integrations with Microsoft Business Solutions Business Portal 2.5 and Microsoft Office 2003; and improved analytics.
Microsoft Axapta is a leading global business management suite optimized for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. The latest version, Axapta 3.0, gives customers even greater access to the business information and processes they need to do their work through a new Web framework.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.
Note: UGS and Teamcenter are trademarks or registered trademark of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Microsoft, Great Plains, and Axapta are trademarks or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.
The statements in this news release that are not historical statements, including statements regarding expected benefits of the product, adoption by customers, continued innovation and other statements identified by forward looking terms such as "may," "will," "expect," "plan," "anticipate" or "project," are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements, including, among others, risks relating to developments in the PLM industry, competition, failure to innovate and intellectual property. UGS has included a discussion of these and other pertinent risk factors in its registration statement on Form S-4 most recently filed with the SEC. UGS disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.