ESI Group Accepted Into the IBM SOA Specialty, A Service-Oriented Architecture Approach That Drives Business Agility And Flexibility


Chicago, October 2, 2007 (word count: 578)

ESI Group, a leading supplier of simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announces its acceptance to the IBM SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) Specialty after successfully completing IBM's rigorous SOA technical and business requirements. With this achievement ESI Group's VisualDSS application integrates with the IBM software and strategy for SOA.

"SOA is an increasingly important business requirement for organizations because of the business flexibility it enables," says Sandy Carter, vice president of IBM SOA and WebSphere. "ESI Group's commitment to SOA provides its customers with a powerful way to reduce development costs by rapidly deploying process simulation applications across their manufacturing organization."

ESI Group's VisualDSS application is an open, multi-domain environment that enables companies to build and manage simulation models for multi-domain usage, to automate processes and workflow, to manage simulation content and data, and to provide knowledge-based decision support and automated reporting. Leveraging IBM's software and strategy for SOA allows VisualDSS to link to various data sources and applications, while sharing simulation data throughout the complete engineering business processes.

"With IBM's software and strategy for SOA as a foundation, VisualDSS can easily integrate into the corporate information technology backbone of our customers, which allows quick and standardized deployment throughout the enterprise. Our acceptance into the SOA Specialty illustrates our commitment to working with IBM for SOA," says Vincent Chaillou, President Product Operations and COO of ESI Group.

About ESI Group:
ESI Group is a world-leading supplier, and a pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry oriented applications to realistically simulate a product's behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and evaluate the environment's impact on product performance. ESI Group's products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative and open virtual engineering solution known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner. This integrated protocol allows all the company's solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantage by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company generated sales of nearly $90 million in 2006, employs more than 600 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in Eurolist compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com.

For more information, please contact:
ESI GROUP
Nathalie David-Franc
Press Relations
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Fax: +33 (0) 1 46 87 72 02
E-mail: ndf@esi-group.com
Web: www.esi-group.com

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