Unigraphics and GM sign $139 million deal

Unigraphics Solutions has signed a three-year, $139 million software and services contract with General Motors Corporation, enabling the creation of what is claimed to be the world’s largest collaborative engineering network.

In addition to renewing GM’s commitment to UGS’ Unigraphics (UG) high-end CAD/CAM/CAE software as its corporate standard, the new agreement also includes an endorsement of iMAN, UGS’ Internet-centric product content management application and the foundation for UGS’ c-Commerce (collaborative-commerce) strategy.

The UGS worldwide agreement with GM now provides more than 10,000 licenses of Unigraphics and over 30,000 iMAN licenses. The contract is a follow-on agreement to the 1996 software and maintenance site-license, and is retroactive to June 1, 1999.

In 1996, GM’s goal was to cut vehicle development time from 42 months to 24 months. Today, according to Jay Wetzel, vice president of GM’s Technical Centers, the company has 21 vehicles in development on 24-month cycles.

‘In December 1999, GM installed its 8,600th license of Unigraphics,’ says Kirk Gutmann, Information Officer of Develop Product for GM. ‘The last phase of this installation was the fastest and most successful CAD/CAM/CAE implementation in the history of the industry – over 3,500 UG seats in less than 12 months.

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