UGS' Partnership with Information Builders Company, iWay Software, Links Engineering to the Enterprise through its Java(TM)-based i-Man Portal

Manufacturing Industry will Benefit from Fast, Easy Access to Mainframe-Based

Product Related Data Stored in Legacy Applications



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from UGS

    CYPRESS, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS (NYSE:   UGS), a leading
 supplier of product development and collaboration solutions to the
 manufacturing industry, today announces a partnership with iWay Software, an
 Information Builders company, that links product definition information with
 additional related data stored on mainframes or  "back-office" enterprise
 systems. The resulting technology enables UGS' i-Man product life cycle
 management application to provide a complete view of all product related data
 through its intuitive i-Man Portal, a Java(TM) -based application framework.
     i-Man Portal is an easy-to-use and powerful user interface that presents
 an intuitive, customizable window into all product and process data, while
 providing an application integration framework to seamlessly communicate with
 enterprise software. Through UGS' partnership with iWay Software, users will
 now have a common user interface to both engineering and enterprise product
 information.
     "iWay Software is a proven leader in legacy application integration and
 high performance enterprise server software," says Ted McFadden, director of
 the i-Man line of business for UGS.  "By leveraging iWay Software's expertise
 in the Java application server and back-end connectivity arena, we
 significantly enhance i-Man's access to important product-related data stored
 in legacy applications and provide comprehensive enterprise integration. This
 partnership builds on the strengths of both our organizations and is
 consistent with our best-of-breed Java application framework and Internet
 vision."
     The technology agreement calls for the integration of iWay Software
 technology for Java application servers and Enterprise Java Beans(TM) with
 UGS' i-Man Portal.  iWay Software's Enterprise Integration Suite will be used
 within the i-Man Portal, providing a single, easy-to-use interface to the end
 user that delivers an environment in which all applications will have a common
 look and feel.
     "UGS' i-Man portal strategy and Web based collaborative product life cycle
 management, exemplify its commitment to customer productivity and innovation,"
 says John Senor, president of iWay Software.  "Their direction to incorporate
 maturing Java component technologies within their product offerings sets the
 standard which all others in the product life cycle management market must
 follow."
 
     About i-Man
     i-Man is an industry driven, customer proven Internet-centric
 collaborative product life cycle management system for the extended
 enterprise.  It eliminates barriers by providing control of all product and
 process information shared by a variety of cross-functional teams including
 company personnel, suppliers, partners and customers.  Successfully
 implemented by the world's most demanding global organizations, i-Man delivers
 extensive tools to address a broad base of collaborative commerce (c-commerce)
 opportunities.  The i-Man Portal was the industry's first Java-based
 application framework designed to leverage product content, enable c-commerce
 and quickly access critical product data with extreme ease-of-use.  Additional
 i-Man c-commerce tools include patented Product Structure Management,
 Configuration and Change Management, and a robust multi-site solution using
 i-Man's distributed data server technology, Global i-Man. For more
 information, please visit http://www.iman.com .
 
     About iWay Software
     iWay Software, an Information Builders company, is a market leader in
 middleware that accelerates e-business initiatives through the rapid
 integration of complex back-office systems.  The company provides technologies
 that enable e-commerce, B2B, EAI, and mobile business applications.
 Specializing in connecting new e-business applications to back-office systems
 including legacy information sources, iWay Software provides unparalleled
 access to more than 120 nonrelational, relational, transaction, and
 application sources.  For more information about iWay software, visit
 www.iwaysoftware.com .
 
     About UGS
     UGS (NYSE:   UGS) is one of the world's fastest growing and most successful
 software and services companies, dedicated to helping manufacturers optimize
 their product lifecycle process.  UGS' rich heritage and financial strength
 have been established by consistently providing the industry's best product
 development applications for over 25 years.  Today, UGS is distinguished as
 the leading supplier of Internet-based product life cycle collaboration
 solutions as well as the company that is creating the de facto industry
 standards for the digital product.  With offices in over 30 countries around
 the globe, UGS is the vendor of choice for open solutions that seamlessly
 weave into any environment and create unprecedented value for the world's most
 demanding customers.  In addition, UGS is the first company in its industry to
 earn the ISO 9001/TickIT certification.  For more information please contact
 UGS at (800) 498-5351 or via the World Wide Web at http://www.ugs.com .
     UGS, Unigraphics Solutions, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Unigraphics,
 ProductVision, i-Man, GRIP, managedServices, e-Factory, EAI, FactoryCAD,
 FactoryFlow, Sense8, VisFactory, VisConcept, VisConference, VisMockup,
 VisProducts, VisVSA, e-Vis, VSA, LightningStart and RAPIDiMan are trademarks,
 registered trademarks or service marks of Unigraphics Solutions, Inc.  All
 other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their
 respective holders.  The information within is subject to change without
 notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of UGS.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Phelan of UGS, 314-344-5290, phelan@ugs.com
 
 

SOURCE UGS
    CYPRESS, Calif., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS (NYSE:   UGS), a leading
 supplier of product development and collaboration solutions to the
 manufacturing industry, today announces a partnership with iWay Software, an
 Information Builders company, that links product definition information with
 additional related data stored on mainframes or  "back-office" enterprise
 systems. The resulting technology enables UGS' i-Man product life cycle
 management application to provide a complete view of all product related data
 through its intuitive i-Man Portal, a Java(TM) -based application framework.
     i-Man Portal is an easy-to-use and powerful user interface that presents
 an intuitive, customizable window into all product and process data, while
 providing an application integration framework to seamlessly communicate with
 enterprise software. Through UGS' partnership with iWay Software, users will
 now have a common user interface to both engineering and enterprise product
 information.
     "iWay Software is a proven leader in legacy application integration and
 high performance enterprise server software," says Ted McFadden, director of
 the i-Man line of business for UGS.  "By leveraging iWay Software's expertise
 in the Java application server and back-end connectivity arena, we
 significantly enhance i-Man's access to important product-related data stored
 in legacy applications and provide comprehensive enterprise integration. This
 partnership builds on the strengths of both our organizations and is
 consistent with our best-of-breed Java application framework and Internet
 vision."
     The technology agreement calls for the integration of iWay Software
 technology for Java application servers and Enterprise Java Beans(TM) with
 UGS' i-Man Portal.  iWay Software's Enterprise Integration Suite will be used
 within the i-Man Portal, providing a single, easy-to-use interface to the end
 user that delivers an environment in which all applications will have a common
 look and feel.
     "UGS' i-Man portal strategy and Web based collaborative product life cycle
 management, exemplify its commitment to customer productivity and innovation,"
 says John Senor, president of iWay Software.  "Their direction to incorporate
 maturing Java component technologies within their product offerings sets the
 standard which all others in the product life cycle management market must
 follow."
 
     About i-Man
     i-Man is an industry driven, customer proven Internet-centric
 collaborative product life cycle management system for the extended
 enterprise.  It eliminates barriers by providing control of all product and
 process information shared by a variety of cross-functional teams including
 company personnel, suppliers, partners and customers.  Successfully
 implemented by the world's most demanding global organizations, i-Man delivers
 extensive tools to address a broad base of collaborative commerce (c-commerce)
 opportunities.  The i-Man Portal was the industry's first Java-based
 application framework designed to leverage product content, enable c-commerce
 and quickly access critical product data with extreme ease-of-use.  Additional
 i-Man c-commerce tools include patented Product Structure Management,
 Configuration and Change Management, and a robust multi-site solution using
 i-Man's distributed data server technology, Global i-Man. For more
 information, please visit http://www.iman.com .
 
     About iWay Software
     iWay Software, an Information Builders company, is a market leader in
 middleware that accelerates e-business initiatives through the rapid
 integration of complex back-office systems.  The company provides technologies
 that enable e-commerce, B2B, EAI, and mobile business applications.
 Specializing in connecting new e-business applications to back-office systems
 including legacy information sources, iWay Software provides unparalleled
 access to more than 120 nonrelational, relational, transaction, and
 application sources.  For more information about iWay software, visit
 www.iwaysoftware.com .
 
     About UGS
     UGS (NYSE:   UGS) is one of the world's fastest growing and most successful
 software and services companies, dedicated to helping manufacturers optimize
 their product lifecycle process.  UGS' rich heritage and financial strength
 have been established by consistently providing the industry's best product
 development applications for over 25 years.  Today, UGS is distinguished as
 the leading supplier of Internet-based product life cycle collaboration
 solutions as well as the company that is creating the de facto industry
 standards for the digital product.  With offices in over 30 countries around
 the globe, UGS is the vendor of choice for open solutions that seamlessly
 weave into any environment and create unprecedented value for the world's most
 demanding customers.  In addition, UGS is the first company in its industry to
 earn the ISO 9001/TickIT certification.  For more information please contact
 UGS at (800) 498-5351 or via the World Wide Web at http://www.ugs.com .
     UGS, Unigraphics Solutions, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Unigraphics,
 ProductVision, i-Man, GRIP, managedServices, e-Factory, EAI, FactoryCAD,
 FactoryFlow, Sense8, VisFactory, VisConcept, VisConference, VisMockup,
 VisProducts, VisVSA, e-Vis, VSA, LightningStart and RAPIDiMan are trademarks,
 registered trademarks or service marks of Unigraphics Solutions, Inc.  All
 other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their
 respective holders.  The information within is subject to change without
 notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of UGS.
 
     CONTACT:  Jim Phelan of UGS, 314-344-5290, phelan@ugs.com
 
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