This excerpt taken from the DASTY 20-F filed May 29, 2007.
NEW PRODUCT RELEASES AND MAJOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS DURING 2006
During 2006, we announced new product releases and major product development initiatives including:
In March 2006 we introduced ENOVIA V5 Collaborative Enterprise Sourcing (CES), a new product suite designed to bring together engineering and sourcing functions into one collaborative environment. The CES product suite covers four functional areas to enable companies' engineering and sourcing departments to collaborate when choosing, introducing or managing components, suppliers and manufacturers. By uniting engineering and sourcing functions earlier in the product development cycle, we believe companies using this software should be able to reduce product costs, improve time-to-market and increase product quality.
Announced in April 2006, the release of Abaqus Version 6.6 achieves a new standard for performance, usability and simulation fidelity, while upholding a reputation for flexibility and reliability. Abaqus Version 6.6 contains many technical innovations to help customers achieve more realistic simulation of product behavior, including new capabilities in vibration analysis, material failure characterization, tire modeling, and computing performance.
In June 2006, we introduced several new technology initiatives, including Version 5 SOA, ENOVIA 3DLive and CATIA Systems. For more information, see above, "Technology, Research and Product Development Overview". We also introduced our latest SolidWorks release, as described above under "Mainstream 3D technology".
In September 2006, we announced our latest Version 5 Release 17 (V5 R17) of our Product Lifecycle Management portfolio. This release provides further enhancements for business process optimization, value chain innovation, engineering to manufacturing cycle streamlining, intellectual capital growth, and standards adoption. V5 R17 is comprised of CATIA for collaborative product development, ENOVIA VPLM and ENOVIA SmarTeam for collaborative lifecycle management and DELMIA for virtual product manufacturing and automation.
In October 2006, we announced key enhancements to ENOVIA MatrixOne PLM solutions with extended Business Process coverage across multiple industries. ENOVIA MatrixOne Matrix 10 updates include enhanced support for environmental/material compliance; improved industry-specific solutions for the apparel, medical device and automotive industries and solutions enabling concurrent printed circuit board development and for distributing product development data throughout the extended enterprise, including non-traditional PLM users. By helping companies reduce development costs, gain access to real-time data and speed product introductions, ENOVIA MatrixOne PLM is enabling companies to increase the potential return on their new product innovations.
Also in October 2006, we launched CATIA PLM Express, a scalable solution package which provides CATIA design excellence at an affordable price, for companies of all sizes. With CATIA PLM Express, companies have a single entry point which evolves with their needs and job requirements of their staff. CATIA Team PLM is the core configuration of CATIA PLM Express, giving customers the CATIA modeler for product design, knowledge capture and re-use in a collaborative environment. It also delivers core collaborative PDM functionality via ENOVIA SmarTeam, providing optimized CATIA design management and collaboration, and a solid foundation primed for PLM solution scaling.
In December 2006, we introduced Virtools 4, a live platform bringing the power of 3D to all communities. This new Virtools solution is dedicated to game title development for "PSP®" (PlayStation®Portable). Benefiting from the versatility of the Virtools platform, this complete solution for "PSP®" (PlayStation®Portable) with dedicated support and consulting throughout the game creation, will allow faster and easier developments.
For information on the most recent product developments, see "Item 5D: Trend Information Additional Business Highlights".