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CoCreate and APTEC Earn a Top 10 Spot in Aberdeen Group's CPC 'What Works' Awards

CoCreate and APTEC Earn a Top 10 Spot in Aberdeen Group's CPC 'What Works' Awards

                 APTEC Reduces Development Cycle by 9 Months
         And Saves $250K on Development Costs With CoCreate OneSpace
            In the Development of DaimlerChrysler Wireless Headset

    FORT COLLINS, Colo., Aug. 23 A new CD-sound-quality
wireless headset that will appear in 2002 DaimlerChrysler minivans was the
subject of a case study that helped APTEC and CoCreate Software, Inc. earn a
top 10 customer/vendor pairs spot in a recent Aberdeen Group study.  Aberdeen
Group is a leading IT market analysis and positioning services firm.
    The DaimlerChrysler case study -- submitted by CoCreate, a pioneer and
leader in collaborative product design solutions, and APTEC, a product
development company with a proprietary methodology -- was profiled as a top
10 implementation in a report titled, "Collaborative Product Commerce 2001:
What Works."  APTEC is a supplier to Recoton, an Orlando, Florida-based
consumer electronics company providing overall headset design and
manufacturing services for Alpine, DaimlerChrysler's tier-one audio vendor.
    Spanning Michigan, multiple locations in Florida, South Korea and the
Philippines for design, engineering and high-volume parts manufacturing, the
wireless headset design project is a model of global collaborative
engineering.  According to the team's estimates, the project was completed
nine months faster than it would have been, had the team used conventional
communication methods, such as site meetings for design reviews.  APTEC
attributes the timesavings, and, ultimately, cost savings, to using the
OneSpace collaboration solution from CoCreate Software to coordinate the
design process.  OneSpace, which allows disparate global partners to meet in a
virtual conference room, provides a common interface that lets users view,
manipulate and annotate 3-D and 2-D models and data.
    "Because OneSpace collaboration took place without requiring travel to a
common site -- about $10,000 for every trip to Asia Pacific -- more people
could get involved in the headset design sessions," said Tom Morris, CIO of
APTEC.  "That meant more buy-in on the product design earlier in the
development cycle and with a minimal investment of time.  The OneSpace
sessions also helped us transcend language barriers.  Participants in a
OneSpace session could simply point and move the model or even modify it.
We didn't need to rely solely on spoken language to explain precise
engineering details.  Instead, we could let the engineering speak for itself.
Collaboration using OneSpace has become a cornerstone of the way we do
    "When just a few days can make or break a schedule, companies need to be
able to spend every waking second moving their product design ahead, not
wasting time sitting on planes," said Tilman F. Schad, CEO of CoCreate.
"Collaborative engineering is rapidly becoming part of the engineering
culture.  And forward thinkers like APTEC have discovered that OneSpace is
critical to their ability to compress schedules, meet deadlines and solve
problems when dealing with a global supply chain."
    "In the past year and a half, there has been a substantial amount of hype
surrounding the CPC market," said Jack Maynard, research director in
Aberdeen's Collaborative Business Solutions practice area.  "This report
documents concrete, real world implementations and lets the CPC suppliers, the
end users, the investment community, and other interested parties know that
CPC products are delivering tremendous value to the early adopters of this
technology.  APTEC and CoCreate have accomplished a significant milestone in
providing and demonstrating measurable benefits to Alpine and, ultimately,
DaimlerChrysler, through their project."

    About CoCreate
    CoCreate Software Inc., a pioneer and leader in collaborative product
design, was established in 1984 as a division of Hewlett-Packard Company.
Today, CoCreate is an independent, privately owned company that develops
collaboration, mechanical computer-aided-design (CAD) and product-data-
management (PDM) software that supports Global Design Teams Working Together.
The software includes OneSpace for distributed, collaborative product
development; SolidDesigner for product modeling design; ME 10 for 2-D design,
drafting and documentation; and WorkManager for distributed, product
information and process management.  CoCreate solutions are known for high
quality, ease of use, customization and support of industry standards.  They
are available in 10 languages and are installed on more than 150,000 systems
in design, engineering and manufacturing organizations worldwide.
    Information about CoCreate Software, Inc. and its products can be found on
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