ANN ARBOR, Michigan, September 9, 2008 — CIMdata, the leading global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) consulting and research firm, announces the availability of a white paper entitled "Dassault Systèmes’ Value for the Mid-Market: ENOVIA SmarTeam’s Impact on Mid-Sized Companies". The paper examines the business issues faced by mid-sized companies as they utilize Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to pursue success in their markets; provides a brief description of the ENOVIA SmarTeam solution offerings; and presents the results of CIMdata interviews with a select set of ENOVIA SmarTeam users.

Ed Miller, President of CIMdata, noted, "In the increasingly competitive global marketplace, companies around the world are implementing PLM as a strategic initiative to ensure that they can survive and thrive in their respective markets." Mr. Miller explained that even though PLM has been pioneered in larger enterprises with proven and substantial benefits, today businesses of all sizes can benefit from its use. He said, "While small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) share many of the same PLM requirements as larger enterprises, they also have characteristics that are especially challenging for successful PLM implementations, such as limited resources and budgets, and a demand for fast impact with minimized risk."

Dassault Systèmes (DS), one of the major suppliers of PLM solutions, offers one of the leading SMB-focused PLM solutions, ENOVIA SmarTeam. This solution offering has evolved over several years and has developed a relatively substantial customer base. To better understand the perspectives of SMB companies that have implemented PLM solutions, CIMdata interviewed a number of ENOVIA SmarTeam SMB customers from various industries and geographies regarding their business drivers, motivations for implementing PLM, experiences during this process, benefits they have gained from their investments, and their plans for the future.

The customers that CIMdata interviewed reported positive experiences adapting the ENOVIA SmarTeam solution to meet the different challenges they face in their respective domains, expanding implementations as needed, and working with the variety of DS partners that have supported their implementations. Mr. Miller commented, "The value and benefits that they have reported are impressive, reinforcing our contention that PLM can bring significant gains to SMBs around the world. We also believe that the lessons learned by mid-sized companies in their adoption of PLM will benefit all enterprises, regardless of size."

Copies of the "Dassault Systèmes' Value for the Mid-Market: ENOVIA SmarTeam's Impact on Mid-Sized Companies" white paper are available at no cost through the CIMdata website.