IBM, DASSAULT SYSTEMES AND CADAM INC PLAN RESTRUCTURE OF
CAD/CAM/CAE DEVELOPMENT RELATIONSHIPS
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM), Dassault Systemes and CADAM INC today announced an understanding in principle to restructure their computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) development relationships.
As a result of the proposed restructuring CADAM INC will take on a new mission with a focus on desktop CAD/CAM/CAE solutions; IBM and Dassault Systemes will strengthen their strategic relationship and Dassault Systemes will assume responsibility for the CADAM mainframe and workstation products; and IBM will acquire a minority equity interest in Dassault Systemes, strengthen the marketing and support of the Dassault Systemes products, and will continue to market the products of both CADAM INC and Dassault Systemes worldwide.
The understanding is preliminary, pending the negotiation of detailed contracts, as well as review by appropriate government agencies.
"Today's agreement is a keystone of IBM's commitment to deliver to its customers a total CAD/CAM/CAE system, with leadership in advanced technology solutions, leadership in state-of-the-art desktop solutions, and leadership in interoperability between the two," said Edward J. Kfoury, IBM vice president and president, Industrial Sector Division.
CAD/CAM/CAE systems are used in the design and production of products such as airplanes, automobiles, appliances and electronics; and in the design and maintenance of plants and facilities. CATIA and CADAM are strategic CAD/CAM/CAE software products for IBM. The CATIA products, which run on IBM mainframe and engineering workstation platforms, are developed by Dassault Systemes of Paris, France, and marketed worldwide by IBM. Currently, the CADAM products, including CADAM for the mainframe, PROFESSIONAL CADAM for engineering workstations and MICRO CADAM for personal computers, are developed by CADAM INC, a subsidiary of IBM, and are also marketed by IBM worldwide.
As a wholly owned IBM subsidiary, CADAM INC will play a key role in the development of state-of-the-art desktop CAD/CAM/CAE offerings including development and support of its existing MICRO CADAM, P-CAD and IBM CAD products. CADAM INC will pursue new opportunities in desktop CAD/CAM/CAE.
Under the proposed arrangement, Dassault Systemes will assume responsibility for development and support of the mainframe CADAM and PROFESSIONAL CADAM applications and will acquire rights to develop future mainframe CADAM and PROFESSIONAL CADAM products. Dassault Systemes will establish a new U.S. development and support location in Burbank, Calif. When the detailed contracts are complete, CADAM INC's mainframe CADAM and PROFESSIONAL CADAM development and support organizations will join Dassault Systemes.
This places the CADAM and CATIA mainframe and workstation products under common management within Dassault Systemes for unified planning, development, and support. Dassault Systemes will provide advanced engineering function through an architecture that fully participates in IBM's overall CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) strategy.
Speaking for CADAM INC, its President Frank Puhl said, "After more than two decades of leadership in the development of CAD/CAM/CAE solutions, CADAM INC will focus its resources on high function systems for the value-driven desktop platform -- the industry's fastest growing area. I am confident that placement of the CADAM and CATIA mainframe and workstation products under common management will enhance customers' investments in these products."
Charles Edelstenne, CEO of Dassault Systemes, said, "This expanded partnership with IBM enhances our ability to provide customers with highly integrated multi-discipline solutions to support design for manufacturing and concurrent engineering requirements in the fields of mechanical, styling, and shape design; architecture, engineering and construction; simulation; and analysis. The performance of the CADAM products addresses an important requirement of our technology-driven customers and we intend to maintain a leadership role in meeting their requirements. Dassault Systemes will provide increased interoperability between the CADAM and CATIA products and will base future products on the tremendous synergy between these products."
Kfoury said, "Today's agreement defines a key role for CADAM INC in our CAD/CAM/CAE strategy and enhances the strategic partnership between IBM and Dassault Systemes. This new structure will allow us to respond faster to market requirements, helping customers to build on their current technology investments and providing them with continued and improved high-quality support."
All other current IBM business alliances are unaffected by this announcement and remain as elements of IBM's overall CIM strategy. Accordingly, IBM will continue to market CAEDS and the Valisys family of products.
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/NOTE TO EDITORS: On Nov. 21, the central contact phone number for IBM and CADAM INC will be: 818-567-5288. For Dassault and for IBM after, Nov. 21, use the contact numbers below./
/CONTACT: Roberta Paul of IBM, 914-642-5468, or Francois Gaudissart of Dassault Systemes, in Paris, France, 33-1-40-99-42-84, or David Brazier of CADAM INC, 818-567-5272/
(IBM) CO: IBM Corporation; Dassault Systemes; CADAM INC ST: New York, California IN: CPR SU: PS -- NY005 -- 5675 11/21/91 06:30 EST