Network Appliance and SmarTeam Join Forces on Product Lifecycle Management Solutions

Kfar Saba, Israel and Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 22, 2004 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), a leading provider of enterprise network storage solutions, and SmarTeam Corporation Ltd., a Dassault Systèmes company (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today a co-marketing agreement that includes coordinated marketing and development activities to certify and integrate SMARTEAM product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions with NetApp® unified storage systems and the NearStore® R200 appliance. The NetApp and SmarTeam collaboration demonstrates both companies' commitment to delivering solutions that accelerate time-to-market and meet return on investment goals for demanding product development environments.

The combined NetApp and SMARTEAM solutions enable manufacturing customers to organize product data, manage bills of material, streamline methods and processes, engineer workflows, and collaborate securely with partners across multiple projects. SMARTEAM's PLM solutions provide secure, unified, and highly accessible enterprise product lifecycle management to teams, sites, suppliers, customers, and other business partners, across different sites' platforms. Together, NetApp and SMARTEAM provide the high availability, scalability, and reliability necessary to protect and support mission-critical design data for large, geographically dispersed engineering environments. NetApp storage solutions enable multiprotocol support to access data generated by UNIX® and Windows® environments using Snapshot™ capabilities for high-performance, online disk-based backup and are the first network-attached storage platforms to offer CATIA and SMARTEAM support.

"We are very pleased to offer our customers NetApp enterprise storage, backup and recovery capabilities, that will enable our customers to implement best-of-breed solutions that streamline the workload of today's fast-paced product development teams," said Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO, SmarTeam. "The high-availability Network Appliance™ storage systems also ensure the high-performance delivery of vital data when and where it's needed, which is critical when trying to meet time-to-market and ROI goals."

"By expanding our relationship with SmarTeam and Dassault Systèmes, we enable our manufacturing customers to reduce costs while meeting demanding production schedules," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Partners and Alliances at Network Appliance. "Our integration of NetApp storage systems with SMARTEAM PLM solutions also ensures that we will provide design efficiency and innovation through superior lifecycle management, data protection, and high availability."

About SmarTeam Corporation Ltd.

SmarTeam develops, markets, and supports rapidly implemented, yet totally customizable, product lifecycle collaboration solutions that drive efficiency, quality and responsiveness for customer-centric organizations and their value chains. Founded in 1995, SmarTeam is one of the fastest-growing companies in the PLM market, with more than 3,000 customers worldwide. Its broad solutions portfolio enables manufacturing organizations and their suppliers and customers to efficiently manage and leverage product knowledge and business processes from concept through maintenance. SMARTEAM solutions help companies of all sizes gain improvements in product quality, reduce costs, expedite project turnaround, comply with industry standards, and shorten time-to-market. SMARTEAM is a Dassault Systèmes and IBM PLM solution and is delivered by world-class resellers on every continent. For more information, visit

About Dassault Systèmes

As world leader in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 70,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream product design tools (SolidWorks®), and 3D components (ACIS®) from Spatial Corp. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts that continue to drive "The evolution of storage.™" Information about Network Appliance solutions and services is available at

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Network Appliance Inc.
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Anthony Marechal
Dassault Systèmes
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Randy Tischler
SmarTeam Corporation