Sun Microsystems Co-Sponsors SDRC Symposium

iPlanet's CTO, Hal Stern, joins keynote roster for Collaborative Product Management Symposium,
May 29-June 1

CINCINNATI and PALO ALTO, Calif.-May 16, 2001-SDRC (Nasdaq: SDRC) today announced that Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq: SUNW) is a co-sponsor of SDRC's upcoming Collaborative Product Management Symposium, May 29-June 1, 2001 in Orlando, Florida, and that iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions' CTO, Hal Stern, will join the impressive roster of leading industry speakers for this event.

iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance was established in March 1999 to power the next wave of the net economy through thought leadership, technical innovation, expert services and the creation of exceptional customer satisfaction. Stern is the new CTO of this important activity for Sun, helping to propel the iPlanet Platform to the industry's leading software environment designed to enable rapid assembly and deployment of scalable Internet services.

"Pushing the envelope of product development to create increased business value for customers forms the collaborative objective of Sun's relationship with SDRC," said Masood Jabbar, executive vice president, at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun's co-sponsorship of SDRC's Collaborative Product Management Symposium reflects our commitment to creating web-based, collaborative product development environments that extend well beyond the traditional manufacturing enterprise and into the world of global e-commerce. Through SDRC's collaborative product management, global manufacturers are able to leverage the Internet to accelerate return on investment while increasing their competitive advantage."

"Hal Stern has extensive experience in innovative engineering, as well as a high-level vision of today's market requirements," said Bill Weyand, chairman and CEO, SDRC. "As CTO of iPlanet, Hal performs a critical role in Sun's e-marketplace thrust. His approach to the industry is based on an economics model, and he backs that with strong technical expertise, understanding the technology requirements as well as the business drivers that are ever-present in the minds of global manufacturers. We're pleased that Hal is joining our evolving list of great industry leaders who will bring a wealth of information to the attendees of the Collaborative Product Management Symposium."

Hal Stern is an accomplished technologist who has driven thought leadership across many technology segments and driven technology application including consulting for Kodak on digital imaging strategies, working with Pfizer on its electronic new drug application process, and defining availability and recovery design for the Strike Technologies Electronic Clearing Network (ECN). An 11-year Sun Microsystems employee, Hal is author of several titles. His latest, "Blueprint for High Availability," remained eight weeks on the bestseller list. Hal earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 1984.

This global industry summit, also sponsored by Fast Company magazine, will feature other recognized innovators such as former Oracle executive, Ray Lane, well-known business consultant and author, Tom Peters, and Jack Maynard of the Aberdeen Group. At this forum, SDRC will unveil its collaborative suite of products that bridge the gap between design and product data management (PDM). Visit for more information.

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 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.



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.

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