SDRC Reports Global Manufacturers Rank Early Understanding of Customer Requirements Critical
in Product Development Process

SDRC's SLATE proven technology for up-front product design and requirements management;
Q1 2001 SLATE revenues up 25% over Q4 2000

CINCINNATI-April 25, 2001-SDRC (Nasdaq: SDRC) today released the results of a recent survey of leading global manufacturers in which respondents ranked early understanding of customer requirements up-front in the design process as extremely important for success within a collaborative product development environment, listing it as an 8.68 on a scale of ten. SDRC's SLATE software product delivers computer-aided up-front requirements, allowing for customer input into the development process from the early stages and throughout the entire product life cycle.

Following this market trend, SDRC has seen a steady rise in its SLATE revenues, up 25% in Q1 2001 over Q4 2000. Fifteen orders were received in Q1, notably orders from Northrop Grumman, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Raytheon Electronic Systems Corp. and Cisco Systems, Inc.

SLATE is design oriented groupware that enables manufacturers to organize the product lifecycle into a scheme of interrelated system views including functions, documents, market requirements, and views such as cost, power, or safety. This provides project teams a consistent frame of reference, and enables decision collaboration among the various disciplines involved in the development of the product-all in the context of the customer needs.

"Our customer's know instinctively that even small changes, especially those early in the product development process, can have a huge impact to their business model," said Glenn Weinkoop, president and COO, SDRC. "Getting customer requirements into the process upfront in the design cycle helps eliminate down-stream changes, allowing for the delivery of the right product to market at the right time. SLATE facilitates that process by providing a systems-based approach for product development. SDRC is seeing a favorable trend in this approach, as global manufacturers struggle to remain competitive within their markets. Systems requirements definition and information management will become increasing critical components of an overall collaborative product management strategy."

SLATE up-front design demonstrations are being shown April 26-29 at COFES 2001: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software in Scottsdale, AZ.


About SDRC
SDRC (Structural Dynamics Research Corporation), with headquarters in Ohio, provides software solutions and services that propel manufacturers to increased business competitiveness through the development of a web-based, collaborative environment for product development. SDRC employs more than 2,500 people worldwide, with 64 offices in 18 countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.

Note to Editors: SDRC is a registered trademark and SLATE is a trademark of Structural Dynamics Research Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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