Bell Helicopter Textron Selects MSC.Software’s SimManager to Drive Innovation and Accelerate New Product Development

SimManager Enables Innovation by Automating Engineering Simulation Data and Processes

SANTA ANA, Calif. – May 19, 2008 – MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS), the leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, today announced that Bell Helicopter Textron has selected its enterprise simulation management solution, SimManager to drive innovation and accelerate new product development. SimManager, a component of SimEnterprise, is MSC.Software’s enterprise simulation data and process management solution, and has been selected as a key component to support Bell Helicopter’s initiative for accelerated new product development. The deployment of SimManager across Bell Helicopter’s engineering organization is strategic to harnessing simulation data management and process automation, establishing a standardized simulation and testing knowledge database, and helping to rationalize in-house and legacy technology onto a common integrated environment.

“SimManager will enable us to manage simulation processes, resources and information across our engineering organization,” said Christopher Spencer, Vice President Air Vehicle Engineering, Bell Helicopter Textron. “SimManager drives reliable, consistent and automated simulation methods and processes while capturing, sharing, and enabling reuse of engineering simulation data and processes to speed the innovation and product development process. This is key to the collaborative knowledge management environment that Bell Helicopter Textron is creating and is a critical factor in providing a foundation for best practices and continuous process improvement. Over time, simulation methods and processes can be improved to achieve results that can be relied on in place of physical prototypes, accelerating product development and reducing cost.”

“Bell Helicopter’s vision is an exciting example of how to harmonize, manage, and collaboratively extend engineering lifecycle processes across the enterprise including partners and suppliers and provides a strong testament to the value of the MSC.Software,” said John Howaniec, Sr. Vice President Americas, MSC.Software. “Bell Helicopter Textron recognizes SimManager’s innovation in providing organizations with the ability to work more efficiently, react more quickly, and to differentiate themselves and their products from the competition and has chosen MSC.Software as their enterprise simulation partner.”

About SimManager
SimManager allows business to harness the sea of data produced in product development and save time and costs with easy management and integration of engineering data within the IT infrastructure. MSC.Software embeds and optimizes IBM technology, including DB2, WebSphere software and Tivoli, as a part of SimManager, pre-configuring and testing these technologies for ease of installation, rapid scalability and aligning smoothly with enterprise architecture strategies such as the adoption of an enterprise Service Oriented Architecture. The combination of IBM’s technology, services and integration expertise along with SimManager’s capabilities provides a complete solution stack for the management of simulation processes and product performance data, ensuring scalability for global deployments. More information on SimManager and SimEnterprise can be found at or https://cpdassociates. com/download/index.cfm?download=simmanagermsc&company=

About MSC.Software Corporation
MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS) is the global leader of enterprise simulation solutions that help companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1100 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software’s products and services, please visit

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company , Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at

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