PTC Extends PLM Leadership with Windchill(R) Support for New J2EE Standards

Pure Internet Architecture Essential to Fast Deployment and Low Cost of Ownership

NEEDHAM, Mass., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PTC , the product development company(TM), today announced that Windchill 7.0 will encompass the industry's broadest and most sophisticated Java(TM) 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standards for product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions. PTC is one of the first PLM vendors to support the latest release of J2EE, version 1.4, including J2EE Connector Architecture (JCA), Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) and Java API for XML Messaging (JAXM).

The standards-based open Windchill architecture enables manufacturers to easily configure, deploy, scale and maintain the Windchill solution suite to optimize product development across the digital product value chain of departments, partners, suppliers and customers. The Windchill architecture, in combination with PTC's "Create -- Collaborate -- Control" solutions, defines the synergistic requirements necessary for a true product development system to excel in the complexities of today's demanding business environments.

"Companies today recognize the importance of using Internet standards to achieve competitive advantage from Product Lifecycle Information Management," said Joanne Friedman, vice president, Electronic Business Strategies, Meta Group Inc. "As a result, PLM technology must provide a robust, scalable product built on a solid technical and architectural foundation that support standards to address this enterprise need."

  Windchill's architecture is:
  -- Integral -- consisting of a single data schema, business object and
     process model, common business services and common user interface look-
  -- Pure Internet -- written in Java with the broadest and most
     sophisticated support of J2EE, Web services and Internet standards
     deploying within existing Internet and security infrastructure.
  -- Interoperable -- seamless exchange of product information across common
     CAD systems, enterprise systems using commercial EAI vendors, Web
     services and Microsoft .NET applications all using industry-standard

Windchill, the first, and only, enterprise-level PLM solution built from the ground up using pure Internet technology and Java, has a history of aggressive adoption of Java standards as they mature, such as: use of Java 1.2, 1.3, and now 1.4 libraries for superior performance, use of JNDI for accessing all user information from corporate directories, JSP Tag Libraries for more efficient JSP scripting, and now JCA for connectivity and JAXP and JAXM for standards-based XML processing and messaging. It also supports other J2EE standards such as Java Server Pages (JSP), Java Servlets, Java Database Connectivity (JDBC), Java Message Service (JMS), Java Mail, Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI), Java Remote Method Invocation (Java RMI), and Java Script.

Windchill takes complete advantage of the revolution of the Internet and the advent of Java as a platform neutral application development environment. It is SunTone certified and acquired technologies have been fully integrated at the database, business object model and user interface levels, including, where necessary, being rewritten in Java.

Customers benefit from the Windchill native J2EE implementation with superior modularity, usability, flexibility, scalability, performance, data integrity, security, and interoperability with a host of external technologies via the broadest support for standard Java interfaces.

"PTC is continuing its leadership with the aggressive adoption of proven, native Java-based technology and use of the latest J2EE standards, such as the forthcoming J2EE 1.4," said Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president, Sun Software Group. "Customers can benefit from this standards-based architecture with the knowledge that Windchill seamlessly integrates with their Internet and J2EE IT infrastructure today and can react quickly to any future technological advances."

"Windchill is the only 100% Java PLM solution," notes Jim Heppelmann, PTC chief product officer and executive vice president of Software Solutions. "Other PLM vendors claim to have J2EE applications, but in reality they are either a mix of loosely integrated acquisitions or a Java shell on top of older proprietary architectures, written in a mix of languages. Such architectures can be complex, brittle, and difficult or impossible to integrate and scale to enterprise levels. Windchill eliminates the need to maintain both a J2EE architecture and a legacy architecture in parallel."

For more information about the Windchill integral, pure Internet, and interoperable architecture, please view the "Why Architecture Matters for PLM" white paper at

About PTC

PTC develops, markets, and supports software solutions that help manufacturers win with superior products. PTC is the world's largest software company with a total commitment to product development and product lifecycle management (PLM.) The company services more than 35,000 customers worldwide. Further information on PTC is available at or call 1- 888-782-3776, ext. 901.

Except for the historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These include: the success of our initiatives to facilitate our customer's understanding of the benefits of our PLM solutions, including return on investment and value creation; our successful development and integration of the technology necessary to offer an integrated Product Development System that adequately responds to evolving customer requirements; the success of our cost reduction initiatives; and the effects of a weakening economy which may impact the overall demand for software and related services; as well as other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in reports filed by PTC with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q.

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