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MARKET NEWS

MARCH 1998

Market analysis

Documentum, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) announced it was chosen as the document management leader in a market survey released by Delphi Consulting Group. The research survey polled more than 600 users and evaluators to name the leader in three categories: workflow, search and retrieval and electronic document management. Delphi's report stated, 'The research results, based on numbers of first place write-ins on blank lines for the 'vendor organization you perceive to be leading the industry,' determined that Documentum, Inc., will receive the Market Recognition Award in document management.' (+1 617/247-1025)

Engineering Animation, Inc. (Ames, IA) announced that it ranked 150 on the Deloitte & Touche LLP's Technology Fast 500, a list of the fastest-growing technology companies in the US for 1997. The list recognizes growth for the 1992 to 1996 period, during which time EAI's revenues increased 1,956 percent from $993,000 to $20,413,000. Rosetta Technologies, a company acquired by EAI in November 1997, was ranked 392 on the list. (+1 515/296-9908)

Financial

Sun Microsystems (Palo Alto, CA) reported results for the second quarter which ended December 28, 1997. Record revenues for the second quarter were $2.450 billion, up 18 percent compared with the second quarter of fiscal 1997. Net income for the second quarter, excluding one-time charges related to acquisitions, was $223.2 million, an increase of 25 percent from the previous year's results. For the first six months of fiscal 1998, Sun reported revenues of $4.549 billion, up approximately 15 percent. Net income, excluding one-time charges related to acquisitions, was $386.4 million, up 28 percent over the same period a year earlier. (+1 650/336-2238)

Documentum, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) announced record revenues and net income for the fourth quarter and year-ended December 31, 1997. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 1997 were $23.6 million, a 64 percent increase over revenues of $14.4 million for the same period of 1996. Net income for the fourth quarter increased to $2.8 million compared with net income of $1.7 million reported for the same period of 1996. For the year-ended December 31, 1997, revenues were $75.6 million, a 67 percent increase over revenues of $45.3 million for the same period of 1996. Net income for the year-ended December 31, 1997 was $7.4 million, up from $4.5 million for the same period of 1996. (+1 510/463-6800)

Intergraph Corporation (Huntsville, AL) reported operating results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 1997. Revenue for the quarter totaled $301 million, compared with $294 million for fourth quarter 1996. Intergraph incurred a net loss for the quarter of $.43 per share compared with a net loss for fourth quarter 1996 of $.71 per share. (+1 205/730-2389)

SDRC (Cincinnati, OH) reported revenues totaling $351.3 million for the year ended December 31, 1997, a 23% increase over 1996. Net income was $28.1 million compared to net income of $36.6 million for the prior year. All periods reported reflect the acquisition of CASE, which was accounted for as a pooling of interests. Excluding a non-recurring charge of $20.9 million incurred in the first quarter related to the acquisition of Metaphase Technology, Inc., net income was $48.9 million or $1.32 per share, a 34% increase over 1996. Revenues totaled $95.0 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 1997, a 16% increase over the same quarter last year. Net income was $16.2 million for the quarter, compared with net income of $13.1 million, in the same period for the prior year, a 24% improvement. Revenues from Metaphase licenses and services grew 92% over 1996 and accounted for 21% of total revenue. (+1 513/576-2400)

Océ N.V., (Venlo, The Netherlands) announced preliminary figures for the financial year 1997 - sales increasing by 30% to over NLG 5.4 billion, and net profit for 1997 expected to work out at about NLG 237 million, an increase of some 40% on the 1996 net profit (NLG 169.5 million). Of the 30% sales increase, 16% originated from acquisitions. Exchange rates had a positive effect of 8%. Autonomous growth amounted to 6%. During the second half of the year autonomous growth was 8%, which was higher than the 4% of the first half. (+1 773/714-8500)

International CompuTex, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) announced that revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 1997 were $1,309,454 an increase of 38 percent over revenues of $950,433 for the quarter ended September 30, 1996. Net income for the third quarter of 1997 was $243,096 compared to net income of $282,306 for the third quarter of 1996. For the first nine months of 1997, the Company's revenues increased 60% to $4,179,645 with net income of $684,823 compared to revenues of $2,612,789 and net income of $647,212 in the first nine months of 1996. (+1 704/547-7383)

Eigner + Partner AG (Karlsruhe, Germany) announced that in 1997 its revenues rose 50% to DM 25.2, approximately $14 million. Worldwide, Eigner + Partner now has more than 800 customers. (+49 721 62910)

Filenet Corp. (Costa Mesa, CA) announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 1997 of $76.4 million, up 5% from $72.6 million for the fourth quarter of 1996. Net income for the quarter was $5.9 million compared to net income of $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 1996. For the year ended December 31, 1997, revenue was $251.4 million with a loss of $1.2 million before after-tax charges of $4.3 million for restructuring and other charges. For the year ended December 31, 1996, revenue was $268.9 million and income was $13.4 million before after-tax charges of $16.0 million for merger, restructuring and write-off of purchased in-process research and development costs. (+1 714/850-5851)

Parametric Technology Corporation (Waltham, MA) reported that its net income for the first quarter of fiscal 1998, ended January 3, 1998, increased 26 % to $62.3 million, compared with $49.5 million for the three months ended December 28, 1996. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 1998 totaled $223.0 million, an increase of 22 % from the previous year's first-quarter revenue of $183.5 million.

PTC also reported the completion of its previously announced merger with Computervision Corporation. The merger followed approval by Computervision's shareholders. Computervision will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Parametric Technology. In connection with the merger, Parametric Technology will issue approximately 5.8 million shares of PTC common stock, based on an exchange ratio of 0.0866 shares of PTC stock for each share of Computervision stock. PTC becomes the world's sixth largest independent software company. Steven C. Walske, chairman and CEO of PTC said that, 'Going forward, we expect the (CV) acquisition to expand our business presence in the automotive, aerospace and shipbuilding industries. With the addition of several key Computervision product offerings, we also expect to broaden our suite of software solutions and services to better address the enterprise-wide data management requirements of larger customers'. (+1 781/398-5000)

Corporate developments

SDRC (Cincinnati, OH) announced it reached a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock of two privately held companies doing business together as Computer Aided Systems for Engineering (CASE). Under the terms of the transaction SDRC will issue 1.5 million shares of its common stock, currently having an aggregate value of approximately $25 million, in exchange for 100 percent ownership of CASE. SDRC was authorized since 1984 to distribute CASE software products worldwide, primarily I-DEAS Drafting, I-DEAS View and Markup, I-DEAS Plus, CAEDS Drafting, I-DEAS CADAM Translator, and I-DEAS Drafting on NT. SDRC acquires the patents and rights associated with these products and is expected to retain the CASE professional staff of about 25 employees. (+1 513/576-2400)

PC DOCS Group International Inc. (Toronto, ON) and Fulcrum Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, ON) announced the signing of agreements under which PC DOCS Group will make an offer to acquire Fulcrum. Under the terms of the agreements between PC DOCS Group, Fulcrum Technologies Inc. and Fulcrum's largest and controlling shareholder, Datamat Ingegneria S.p.A., PC DOCS Group intends to make a takeover bid to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Fulcrum Technologies Inc. The bid will offer Fulcrum shareholders the right to have their shares exchanged for PC DOCS Group common shares at the rate of one share of PC DOCS for 4.4 shares of Fulcrum. Up to approximately 4 million (approximately 19.9%) common shares of PC DOCS Group will be issued to acquire all of the common shares of Fulcrum. Upon successful completion of the offer, Fulcrum will continue to operate as a separate company under its name as part of PC DOCS Group.

PC DOCS Group International Inc. reported revenues for the first quarter ended September 30, 1997 of $25.8 million, a 28% increase over the $20.1 million for the same quarter in the previous year. At $0.6 million, net earnings were double the $0.3 million for the first quarter in the previous year. (+1 617/273-3800)

Photomatrix, Inc. (San Diego, CA) a manufacturer of high-performance document and aperture card scanners, announced that it has entered into a letter of intent with I-PAC Manufacturing, Inc. The companies have agreed to combine their respective business operations through a merger which will result in the issuance of 9,500,000 to 9,659,000 shares of Photomatrix common stock to shareholders of I-PAC Manufacturing, Inc. in exchange for all of the outstanding stock of the privately-held company. Under the terms of the letter of intent, the corporate headquarters of Photomatrix will be relocated as soon as possible after the close of the merger transaction to the I-PAC Manufacturing, Inc. facility located in Carlsbad, CA. (+1 619/625-4400)

On January 1, 1998, EDS Unigraphics began operations as Unigraphics Solutions Inc., a separate subsidiary of EDS. The objective of Unigraphics Solutions is to be the leading provider of product development solutions within the industry. This means 1) delivering end-to-end CAD/CAM capability, addressing the most straightforward to the most complex requirements, 2) continuing to strengthen Parasolid as the de facto solid modeling kernel and 3) focusing on virtual enterprise issues of linking the OEMs with partners, suppliers and customers in their collaborative efforts to produce products more efficiently and quickly. The name of Unigraphics Solutions was selected based on both marketing studies and an internal polling of employees. Due diligence activities related to the new venture with Intergraph Mechanical are targeted to finish in time for consummation in Q1 1998. (+1 314/344-8244)

Intergraph Corporation (Huntsville, AL) announced further progress in its proposed transaction with EDS, in which it will sell the assets of its mechanical CAD business, including its Solid Edge and EMS products, to Unigraphics Solutions Inc. Closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of the Boards of Directors of EDS and Intergraph. At the expected closing of the transaction, Intergraph will transfer mechanical business assets to Unigraphics Solutions Inc. in exchange for cash of $105 million rather than the previously agreed common stock consideration. (+1 205/730-2389)

auxilium inc., (Mendota Heights, MN) announced it has relocated its corporate headquarters from Plymouth, MN to Mendota Heights, MN. At the same time, auxilium's technology center has moved to a new facility in Pontiac, MI. (+1 612/417-7285)

RightAngle Systems & Technology announced that to more accurately reflect its focus on its manufacturing customers, its commitment to the change management market, and to simplify its world, it has changed its name to Motiva Software Corporation (San Diego, CA). (+1 619/481-4822)

Appointments

SDRC (Cincinnati, OH) announced the promotion of Robert Nierman to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Bob was previously President of Metaphase Technology. As COO, he will continue to oversee all Metaphase operations as well as assume responsibility for all SDRC worldwide sales and marketing activities. SDRC also announced that Mark Goldstein was promoted to the position of Vice President, Products Group and Chief Technical Officer (CTO). In this new role, he will oversee and guide the direction of all SDRC products and the acquisition of new products and technologies. In addition to Bob Nierman and Mark Goldstein, the following people are in the executive group and report directly to Bill Weyand: John Mongelluzzo, Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel; Bryan Valentine, Vice President, Human Resources; and Jeffrey Vorholt, Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. (+1 513/576-2400)

Silicon Graphics, Inc. (Mountain View, CA) announced that Richard E. Belluzzo has been named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Edward R. McCracken who had previously announced his intention to step down. Belluzzo had been Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Computer Organization of the Hewlett-Packard Company. In that position, he was responsible for all of HP's computer products (printers, plotters, scanners and personal computers), computer systems (workstations, larger computer systems and consulting) and its software and services group (formerly the worldwide customer support operation). These businesses have combined annual revenues in excess of $35 billion. Belluzo was with HP for 22 years. From 1987 to 1990, he served as General Manager of the Boise Printer Division. In this position he led the development and implementation of strategies that resulted in the market success of the industry-leading LaserJet printer family, which currently commands a 60 percent market share. (+1 415/933-2625)

Staffware (Wellesley, MA) announced it has expanded its operation in the Nordic Region with the opening of a dedicated office in Bergen, Norway to cover the Norwegian market. The new operation will be headed by Preben Koch. (+1 617/239-8221)

International CompuTex, Inc., (Atlanta, GA) announced the appointment of Lawrence D. Duckworth as its new President. He replaces Charles Giarratana. Mr. Duckworth, who will be located in the company's Atlanta headquarters, will report to Emil Dahan, ICI's Chairman and CEO. ICI also announced that R. Steven Norwood has been named to the newly created position of Vice-President of Sales. Prior to joining International CompuTex, Mr. Norwood was Eastern Area Vice-President for CADIS, Inc. (+1 704/547-7383)

Developments

Intergraph Software Solutions (Huntsville, AL) announced the release of version 7.0 of Image Viewer, the image display software for MicroStation and MicroStation-based applications. Image Viewer 7.0 is available for Windows 95 and Windows NT, and includes a full set of features for importing, displaying, and plotting images. Image Viewer 7.0 is compatible with MicroStation 5.0, 5.5, and the new SE release. (+1 205/730-6773)

Informative Graphics Corp. (Phoenix, AZ) and Motiva Software Corporation announced the integration between Informative Graphics' Myriad viewing software and Motiva's Motiva product data and change management system. Myriad also provides the core engine for Motiva's automatic renditioning service. This service automatically creates standard format renditions of a wide variety of document types for quick and accurate viewing from the Motiva client.

Informative Graphics also announced it was selected by Parametric Technology Corporation to provide view and redline software for documents under an OEM agreement between the two companies. The software is being provided under the Pro/DocViewer label and will be directly sold and supported by PTC. Informative Graphics will also provide complementary viewing products directly to PTC customers to enhance the Pro/DocMgr set of products offered by PTC. In addition, IGC will provide PTC with next-generation technology for viewing and annotation as part of the OEM agreement. (+1 602/971-6061)

Filenet Corporation (Costa Mesa, CA) unveiled Filenet Panagon, a new branding system that unites the company's client/server and Web-based integrated document management (IDM) solutions. With Panagon, Filenet has simplified its product family, reducing the number of brand names and products while delivering new technology. Filenet has also changed its pricing, and made it easier to configure, implement and use its products. Filenet announced Panagon Capture, its next-generation component software for fast, efficient capture of an organization's documents across the enterprise. Panagon Capture leverages Microsoft component and Common Object Model (COM) technologies to customize applications for a broad range of document capture processing requirements, and integrates with complementary applications. Filenet also introduced Filenet Panagon IDM Desktop, a new set of component software applications that provides access to an organization's documents across the enterprise. Panagon IDM Desktop software can be deployed on Microsoft Windows and Web client desktops. (+1 714/850-5851)

Metaphase Technology (Arden Hills, MN) announced the certification and availability of the Configuration Management Change Control (CMCC) module from CMstat Corporation (San Diego, CA). Designed for the Standards Compliance Series - Aerospace and Defense (SCS/A&D), the CMCC module gives Aerospace and Defense organizations using Metaphase Enterprise software a standards-compliant system for managing configurations and changes throughout the product life cycle. The CMCC module is installed on top of the core architecture. (+1 612/482-4310)

MatrixOne, Inc., (Chemsford, MA) announced completed integration support for Informative Graphics' viewing software, Myriad, in MatrixOne's Matrix. (+1 978/454-0444)

PC DOCS, Inc., (Toronto, ON) announced it selected Microsoft BackOffice Server 4.0 as the preferred platform for DOCSFusion Server and CyberDOCS 2.0. (+1 416/497-7700)

Documentum Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) announced planned support for Microsoft Windows Explorer as a native interface. This desktop interface allows the Windows Explorer utility (shipped with all Windows 95 and Windows NT systems) to browse, navigate, utilize version control, participate in workflow, and access Documentum's virtual document support for compound documents in the Documentum repository or 'Docbase'. (+1 510/463-6800)

Cimage Enterprise Systems (Bracknell, England) announced the release of ImageMaster 6.2, upgrading functionality Cimage offers to customers who continue to run Windows 3.x. (+44 1344/860055)

Agile Software (San Jose, CA) announced it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce to export its Agile Workplace and jWorkplace software with 56-bit Agile Software RC4 encryption. The approval from the Department's Government Bureau of Export Administration allows Agile to export its products to any destination worldwide except for the small number of nations under trade embargo by the U.S. Agile Software uses the RC4 encryption technology from RSA Data Security, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Security Dynamics, Inc., which uses a 56-bit key length to encrypt network communications in both directions between server and client systems. (+1 408/975-3900)

Cad-Capture Ltd. (Blackburn, England) introduced CaptureBook '98, an electronic viewing system specifically designed for presenting manuals and technical documentation in a user-friendly environment. The original CaptureBook provided the user with the ability to produce a self-contained CD-ROM version of their manuals. The package presents each page/image in a book-like format on the user's desktop, and includes pan and zoom functionality. CaptureBook '98 retains all the functionality of the original version, and can also handle a wider variety of image formats, including multi-page TIFF files and full color JPEG. (+44 1254/583534)

CoCreate Software Inc., (Fort Collins, CO) announced Year 2000 compliance for its WorkManager product. This announcement follows the completion of a program of tests on CoCreate's WorkManager, DMS, SolidDesigner, DDS-C and ME10. The tests showed that the latest versions of SolidDesigner (5.1), ME10 (8.5), WorkManager (3.5) and DMS (8.0) are fully Year 2000 compliant, as will be all future releases. (+1 970/206-8067)

SDRC (Cincinnati, OH) announced that both I-DEAS and Metaphase software products store all dates in a full format (utilizing four-digit year codes YYYY/MM/DD) for use in date comparisons, so dates should not be an issue with the turn of the millennium. (+1 513/576-2817)

Workgroup Technology Corporation (Lexington, MA) announced the shipment of CMS/Markup for PreVIEW, a view, print and markup integration between Workgroup Technology's CMS 6 Series and EAI's PreVIEW, a product created by Rosetta Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Engineering Animation, Inc. CMS/Markup for PreVIEW automatically launches the PreVIEW application and supports all the application functions supplied with EAI's PreVIEW including markup and watermarking. Watermarks can be selected from CMS common attributes and are located anywhere within the viewable image. These watermarks can be optionally printed on hard copies of the viewable file, a requirement for ISO certification. (+1 617/674-2000)

Spicer Corporation (Kitchener, ON) announced an integration between its View-Markup-Edit software Imagenation and Filenet's Panagon. Spicer also announced release 1.4 of SpicerLink for Documentum's WorkSpace. (+1 519/748-2462)

Aspect Development, Inc., (Mountain View, CA) announced Version 2.0 of AspectOnline, its Web-based CSM subscription service. The new version provides smaller manufacturers with many of the benefits that global-scale corporations achieve using Aspect's in-house enterprise products. (+1 415/428-2700)

Autodesk, Inc. (San Rafael, CA) announced the availability of Autodesk View 2.0. It delivers real-time pan and zoom viewing capabilities of AutoCAD Release 9-14 DWG, DXF, ACIS and DWF files. Access is provided to files generated with more than 225 different formats. Autodesk View 2.0 is Windows-based and retails for $195. (+1 415/507-5000)

Installations

SDRC (Cincinnati, OH) announced that Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. is expanding its application of I-DEAS software to encompass complete digital vehicle creation, and Metaphase Enterprise Product Data Management software to provide a single source of distributed product data across the global Nissan virtual company. This agreement is a multi-year, world-wide collaboration in which it is estimated that Nissan will invest more than $100 million in SDRC products and services. I-DEAS and Metaphase software will be installed throughout the Nissan vehicle development complex, including research and development facilities, laboratories, and factories in Japan, the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region.

Aspect Development (Mountain View, CA) announced that 3Com Corporation has chosen its Strategic Procurement Module. At 3Com, Aspect's Strategic Procurement Module will unite decentralized divisions that are the result of an aggressive growth-by-acquisition strategy. 3Com has acquired several companies since 1995 and in June 1997 completed a merger with U.S. Robotics. As a result, 3Com is faced with multiple inherited part numbering schemes representing an estimated 85,000 different part numbers, about a dozen different MRP systems (none of which 'talk' to each other) and different PDM systems. The Strategic Procurement Module will be rolled out to multiple manufacturing and design groups at sites in the U.S., England, Scotland, Ireland, Israel and Singapore. (+1 415/428-2700)

Altris Software Inc (San Diego, CA) announced it was selected by BP to support the new FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) facility. The vision for the Information Management System is of a single source electronics format for all the engineering design and operational documentation. BP has recently moved to a Common Operating Environment (COE) based on Windows 95 clients and NT servers. It was a prerequisite that the solution operate effectively with this environment. (+1 619/625-3000)

Relationships

MatrixOne, Inc., (Chelmsford, MA) and ObjectLogic, Inc. (San Diego, CA) announced the availability of an integration between Matrix v5, and the Unigraphics CAD application. The Matrix-Unigraphics integration supports the management of Unigraphics objects, attributes, and relationships, adhering to a stringent data mapping model to ensure the integrity of data as it flows between the two systems. (+1 978/454-0444)

Agile Software (San Jose, CA) and JAS Systems, Inc., (San Jose, CA) introduced version 2.0 of the off-the-shelf software that integrates Agile Workplace software into CA-MANMAN/HP ERP environments for automated data exchange. The new Agile-to-MANMAN Import/Validation Agent (IVA) is an out-of-the box solution. The Agile-JAS IVA offering pushes Agile ECO objects (engineering change orders, bills of materials (BOMs) and other information about changing product definitions) from Agile Workplace to MANMAN/HP databases. The Agile Workplace release process automatically triggers the PDM-ERP update, which eliminates dual entry of data, improving productivity and eliminating errors. With the new IVA, Agile Workplace and Agile Connect versions 3.2 and higher are customer-certified for MANMAN/HP databases versions 8.2 through 10.x. Other system requirements include Hewlett-Packard hardware running MPE/iX version 5.0 or later. (+1 408/975-3900)

Staffware (Wellesley, MA) announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with olsy uk. As a result of the agreement, olsy uk will become a Premier Staffware partner. (+1 617/239-8221)

NovaSoft Systems, Inc. (Burlington, MA) and Xerox Professional Document Services (XPDS) Europe announced a sales and marketing agreement enabling XPDS to integrate NovaSoft's EDM solutions, including its Java-based integrated document and workflow management system, into customer sites and solutions developed by the XPDS consulting practice. (+1 781/221-0300)

Documentum, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) announced that it has achieved Partner status in the Microsoft Certified Solution Provider Program. Microsoft upgraded Documentum's status from Member to Partner as a result of Documentum's success in the marketplace and its support for the Microsoft BackOffice platform. Microsoft's Certified Solution Provider program includes more than 12,000 companies that develop upon or resell Microsoft's platforms and productivity tools. About 800 of those companies carry the Partner status.

The Baan Company (Putten, The Netherlands) and Aspect Development (Mountain View, CA) announced that the two companies have signed a partnership agreement that will integrate the two companies' products and make the solution available to mutual customers through their respective sales organizations. The two-part agreement covers the establishment of a joint development team as well as re-selling rights for Baan's sales force to directly offer Aspect's CSM solution and integration to Baan customers. (+1 908/544-2850)

Background

PC DOCS, Inc., (Toronto, ON) announced that it was the winner of the 1997 Microsoft Industry Solution Award for excellence in document management. The Microsoft Industry Solution Awards are designed to recognize technical excellence in Microsoft BackOffice solutions from around the world. Finalists included FileNet Corporation (FileNet Mezzanine), Kainos Software Limited (Kainos Knowledge) and PC DOCS (DOCS Open).

Kainos Software Limited (Belfast, Ireland) started in October 1986 as a joint venture between ICL and QUBIS, the holding company of the Queen's University of Belfast. A pure software development shop, it currently employs 150 people. Turnover in 1996 was about $6.6 million. Kainos Knowledge is a document management system which presents information in HTML format, making it ideal for organizations which want to publish documents on intranets or the Internet. Kainos Knowledge runs on NT 4.0 off a SQL Server database. It includes full indexing, security, control and search facilities. Work on the new product began in 1994. Kainos has invested over sixty man-years to date in developing Kainos Knowledge.

Sherpa Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the creation of a European Engineering Center based in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France. The decentralization into Europe of Sherpa's Engineering function is the first step in a plan which will see 20 engineers employed there at the end of 1999. The European Engineering Center will be part of the US Engineering Center. It will be headed by Dick Bertrand, Sherpa VP of Engineering. The first project under development at Issy-les-Moulineaux is SWEC (SherpaWORKS for Electronics and Telecommunications). This is a suite of applications designed to suit the requirements of the non-defense manufacturers in electronics and telecommunications. (+1 408/941-6400)

Motiva Software (San Diego, CA) develops, markets, and supports software solutions that capture, organize, control, and publish unstructured information including CAD drawings, scanned images, design specifications, operating procedures, project schedules, technical manuals, and regulatory filings. Motiva's products are based, in part, on component technologies from strategic partners, including Adobe Systems, FileNet, and Microsoft (e.g. Visual Basic, Distributed COM and ActiveX controls). Motiva is based on an open framework to allow users to quickly build new applications, incorporate data from existing legacy systems, and incorporate emerging technologies. (+1 619/481-4822)



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