SDRC Announces Metaphase Express

- Solutions package delivers accelerated product knowledge management results -

CINCINNATI-October 23, 2000-SDRC (Nasdaq: SDRC), a global supplier of e-business collaboration solutions for the product lifecycle, today announced Metaphase Express, a solution combining software, services and best practices to deliver product knowledge management (PKM) capability within 90 days, at a fixed price. Preconfigured webcentric applications within the Express framework enable companies to manage product data through the lifecycle, share it with traditional and extended design and supply chain partners, and collaborate on products in real time.

"One of SDRC's great strengths is its wealth of lessons learned through its extensive customer deployments. With over 375,000 seats implemented worldwide, SDRC is the industry leader in PKM deployment," said Glenn Wienkoop, president and chief operating officer, SDRC. "With Metaphase Express, companies benefit from SDRC's knowledge and product management experience through streamlined implementation and packaged processes."

Metaphase Express sets the standard for preconfigured template solutions. In addition, it is compatible with Metaphase Foundation for customers desiring a configurable approach to PKM to meet specific process needs.

The Metaphase Express package has two parts: Metaphase Express Foundation, the building block upon which users map information into knowledge, and Metaphase Express Change, which provides streamlined, or 'lean' change capabilities. Metaphase Express Foundation delivers the benefits of preconfigured lifecycle management to the enterprise by leveraging the knowledge SDRC has gained through implementation of the largest PKM user base in the industry. It addresses users' need for straightforward PKM capability, and more formalized product lifecycle processes.

Metaphase Express Foundation manages all product information throughout the lifecycle, including CAD files of all types, such as I-DEAS(R), Catia, UG, and ProENGINEER; multiple document formats, such as Microsoft Office, Framemaker, Adobe pdf, and Tiff; planning information, part catalogs, product configurations, and other common business processes, such as standard component development. This provides users with immediate access to the most recent product information. Metaphase Express Foundation speeds up the lifecycle process via the smart Metaphase Express Interface that automatically directs the user to the appropriate work task. It manages change through its unique object management layer, including subclassing and inheritance. Its solution templates are deployed on top of the object layer, leveraging SDRC's proven foundation combined with its industry implementation experience, and best practice and process models.

Metaphase Express Change provides users with streamlined change capability, based on SDRC's experience, and industry-leading PKM software. This enables users to speed products through optimized review processes rapidly and easily and is particularly valuable for companies under pressure to quickly get new products to market. Metaphase Express Change product capabilities include a user interface that supports the management of lean changes, support for a fast track process, full view and markup of documents, and tracking mechanisms to monitor and report on the integrity of change execution. It enables companies to collaborate on processes centered on product data.

Metaphase Express is available for Q4 delivery from SDRC.

About SDRC
SDRC (Structural Dynamics Research Corporation) is a leading global provider of e-business collaboration solutions for the product lifecycle. The Company's products address the areas of e-Mechanical Design Automation (e-MDA), e-Product Knowledge Management (e-PKM), e-Collaborative Products (e-CP), and e-Business Integration (e-BI). Coupled with process engineering and consulting services, the Company's solutions facilitate innovation through collaboration, enabling industry leaders to optimize product development early in the design process, increase productivity, and significantly improve time-to-market. SDRC employs more than 2,500 people worldwide, with 77 offices in 18 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

Note to Editors: SDRC, I-DEAS, and Metaphase are registered trademarks of Structural Dynamics Research Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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