Proficiency Adds Lockheed Martin to Strategic Advisor Program

Leading Aerospace Manufacturer to Advise on Products and Strategy



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Proficiency Incorporated

    MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Proficiency Incorporated today announced that Lockheed Martin Corporation has
 become a Strategic Advisor to the company.  In this capacity, Lockheed Martin
 will review Proficiency's product plans and technical strategies and advise
 Proficiency on priorities and areas of concentration.
     Lockheed Martin joins Proficiency's Strategic Advisor Program following a
 successful pilot test of a pre-release version of Proficiency's Collaboration
 Gateway, software which allows engineering departments at manufacturers and
 their suppliers to share design information during the cooperative product
 design and development process -- commonly referred to as engineering supply
 chain collaboration.
     According to Howard Schimmoller, of Lockheed Martin's Engineering Process
 Improvement (EPI) Program, "Our Mechanical Engineering Subcouncil is very
 interested in improving the collaborative capabilities between the various
 business units they represent and with our suppliers.  Consequently, the
 EPICenter will take an active role providing guidance to Proficiency's
 technology development efforts."
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global
 enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development,
 manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and
 services.  The Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space,
 aeronautics and technology services. Lockheed Martin's Engineering Process
 Improvement Program facilitates the implementation of state-of-the-art
 processes in high payback areas to continuously reduce the cost of engineering
 at Lockheed Martin Companies.
     "We are very pleased that Lockheed Martin has joined our Strategic Advisor
 Program," said Michael Jannery, Vice President of Marketing at Proficiency.
 "Their expertise in large scale engineering design projects and their
 strategic vision for collaborative engineering in the aerospace sector will be
 invaluable to Proficiency as we bring our product to market."
     Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway is under development, and is currently
 being tested by a number of aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, and high-
 tech manufacturers and suppliers in North America, Europe, and Japan.  The
 product is expected to be commercially available in the middle of 2001.
 
     About Proficiency, Inc.
     Proficiency, Inc., the innovator in engineering supply chain
 collaboration, is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.  The Proficiency
 Collaboration Gateway allows development teams within manufacturers and their
 suppliers to efficiently collaborate on the design of highly complex products.
 Funded by Charles River Ventures, Chase H&Q / Eucalyptus Ventures, and Concord
 Ventures, Proficiency is privately held, and has a staff more than 110
 employees in the US and Israel.  The company has numerous patents pending in
 engineering information representation technology.
     Proficiency's solutions are targeted at the engineering supply chain --
 the segment of the overall supply chain focused on the design of the product
 and its components.  Industry analysts estimate that 70-80% of supply chain
 costs are incurred during this design phase, and improved engineering
 collaboration can accelerate time to market and greatly reduce program costs.
 Proficiency is focused on developing solutions directly applicable to the
 engineering supply chain, in which design intelligence and business processes
 must be shared and communicated.  More information is available at
 www.proficiency.com.
     Proficiency and the Collaboration Gateway are trademarks of Proficiency,
 Ltd.
 
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SOURCE Proficiency Incorporated
    MARLBOROUGH, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Proficiency Incorporated today announced that Lockheed Martin Corporation has
 become a Strategic Advisor to the company.  In this capacity, Lockheed Martin
 will review Proficiency's product plans and technical strategies and advise
 Proficiency on priorities and areas of concentration.
     Lockheed Martin joins Proficiency's Strategic Advisor Program following a
 successful pilot test of a pre-release version of Proficiency's Collaboration
 Gateway, software which allows engineering departments at manufacturers and
 their suppliers to share design information during the cooperative product
 design and development process -- commonly referred to as engineering supply
 chain collaboration.
     According to Howard Schimmoller, of Lockheed Martin's Engineering Process
 Improvement (EPI) Program, "Our Mechanical Engineering Subcouncil is very
 interested in improving the collaborative capabilities between the various
 business units they represent and with our suppliers.  Consequently, the
 EPICenter will take an active role providing guidance to Proficiency's
 technology development efforts."
     Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global
 enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development,
 manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and
 services.  The Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space,
 aeronautics and technology services. Lockheed Martin's Engineering Process
 Improvement Program facilitates the implementation of state-of-the-art
 processes in high payback areas to continuously reduce the cost of engineering
 at Lockheed Martin Companies.
     "We are very pleased that Lockheed Martin has joined our Strategic Advisor
 Program," said Michael Jannery, Vice President of Marketing at Proficiency.
 "Their expertise in large scale engineering design projects and their
 strategic vision for collaborative engineering in the aerospace sector will be
 invaluable to Proficiency as we bring our product to market."
     Proficiency's Collaboration Gateway is under development, and is currently
 being tested by a number of aerospace, automotive, heavy equipment, and high-
 tech manufacturers and suppliers in North America, Europe, and Japan.  The
 product is expected to be commercially available in the middle of 2001.
 
     About Proficiency, Inc.
     Proficiency, Inc., the innovator in engineering supply chain
 collaboration, is headquartered in Marlborough, MA.  The Proficiency
 Collaboration Gateway allows development teams within manufacturers and their
 suppliers to efficiently collaborate on the design of highly complex products.
 Funded by Charles River Ventures, Chase H&Q / Eucalyptus Ventures, and Concord
 Ventures, Proficiency is privately held, and has a staff more than 110
 employees in the US and Israel.  The company has numerous patents pending in
 engineering information representation technology.
     Proficiency's solutions are targeted at the engineering supply chain --
 the segment of the overall supply chain focused on the design of the product
 and its components.  Industry analysts estimate that 70-80% of supply chain
 costs are incurred during this design phase, and improved engineering
 collaboration can accelerate time to market and greatly reduce program costs.
 Proficiency is focused on developing solutions directly applicable to the
 engineering supply chain, in which design intelligence and business processes
 must be shared and communicated.  More information is available at
 www.proficiency.com.
     Proficiency and the Collaboration Gateway are trademarks of Proficiency,
 Ltd.
 
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