MatrixOne, Sogeti, Sun Open PLM Center of Excellence in Cincinnati

2/6/2004 - MatrixOne, Inc.(NASDAQ: MONE), a leading provider of collaborative product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions for the value chain, announced it has joined forces with Sogeti USA LLC, a premier provider of IT services, and Sun Microsystems to launch a PLM Center of Excellence in Cincinnati, Ohio. The PLM Center of Excellence (CoE) will provide Sogeti customers with a rapid development center featuring a portfolio of MatrixOne PLM solutions, Sun systems and a team of service professionals with extensive IT experience in a variety of industries. This announcement builds on an earlier agreement by MatrixOne and Sogeti USA to deliver PLM solutions to North American product development companies.

With an emphasis on the consumer goods industry and the challenges it faces with the adoption of UCCnet technology standards that are being required by Wal*Mart and other major retailers, the CoE will provide users with education and training on MatrixOne applications, therefore reducing time-to-value on a customer's investment and improving their ability to meet market standards and deliver their products to store shelves more quickly. The CoE will also provide customers in industries such as aerospace & defense, automotive, discrete manufacturing, medical devices and pharmaceuticals with the training, domain expertise and the proof-of-concept testing needed to assist in the success of their PLM implementations.

Through the PLM Center of Excellence, MatrixOne, Sogeti, and Sun will provide their PLM customers with one of the best delivery options available, built on practical field experience, with minimal risk and at the most competitive cost. The CoE offers customers a variety of business benefits including a pre-configured infrastructure for rapid project start-up, reduced development costs, a collaborative development environment and accelerated development tools and methodologies to achieve high-quality results fast.

"The ability to create proof of concepts, to facilitate offsite development of custom applications, and to implement innovative pilot projects all combine to reduce cost and complexity and risk in the buying process," said Gary Geramanis, global accounts manager, Sun Microsystems. "This new PLM Center of Excellence allows customers to 'try before they buy' to demonstrate that their PLM implementation will interoperate with existing systems in the data center and dramatically speed the learning curve for users."

John Rogan, vice president of Sogeti's PLM practice, said, "We are pleased to launch the CoE as a collaborative development and training center for MatrixOne PLM applications. This state-of-the-art facility will bring the power of our alliance partnerships with MatrixOne and Sun Microsystems under one roof to offer clients consistent high-quality delivery using SogetiĘs delivery methodology, tools and best practices."

"The CoE is yet another example of how MatrixOne is working with its alliance partners to successfully bring compelling, PLM solutions to market which will result in the continued success of our customers," said Mayur Shah, MatrixOne's vice president business development, alliances and industries. "By jointly working with Sun and Sogeti to make the CoE a reality, we have created an environment capable of simulating real-world PLM implementations where customers can learn first-hand how companies across a wide range of industries are using PLM to truly transform their businesses."

Key features of the PLM Center of Excellence include:

About MatrixOne
MatrixOne, Inc. (NASDAQ: MONE) is a recognized leader in delivering collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. We provide flexible solutions that unleash the creative power of global value chains to inspire innovations and speed them to market. MatrixOne's customers include global leaders in the aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer products, high technology, life sciences, machinery, and the process industries, including Agilent Technologies, General Electric, Honda, Johnson Controls, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, and Toshiba. MatrixOne ( is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts with locations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

About Sogeti USA
Sogeti USA provides information technology services to businesses and public-sector organizations throughout the U.S. Operating in more than 20 U.S. locations, Sogeti builds strong relationships with organizations in the local business community, primarily serving Fortune 2000 organizations. As innovators with a sophisticated command of business and technology, and strong project management expertise, Sogeti specialists help clients to develop and implement practical IT solutions to run their businesses better. Building on 35 years of experience, Sogeti USA offers a comprehensive portfolio of services that includes Business Intelligence, Governance Support Services, Microsoft Solutions, Product Lifecycle Management, Project Delivery Services and Software Control Testing. The Sogeti Group employs approximately 13,000 people in the U.S. and throughout Europe. For more information, visit the Sogeti USA web site at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

MatrixOne and the MatrixOne logo are registered trademarks of MatrixOne and Collaborative Product Lifecycle Management Solutions for the Value Chain is a trademark of MatrixOne, Inc. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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