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Continuously Grows Intellectual Capital - V5R16 captures and re-uses business processes and intellectual property, both at the enterprise level with Enterprise Process Management, leveraging IBM Websphere technology, and at the Engineering or Manufacturing level, with the V5 Business Process Knowledge templates.

Maximizes Standard Adoption - V5R16 has been designed to deliver a comprehensive 64-bit PLM architecture, and continues to leverage the proven openness of the V5 platform by providing major XML enhancements through its combined 3DXML and web services strategy. Adoption of the V5 architecture continues to grow, with two new industry-leading CAA partners and 360 V5 applications already available. New integration of the 3D XML Player with Lotus Notes enhances collaboration and joint decision-making by sharing 3D product and business information.

"V5R16 is a key enabler of the processes we are deploying on the 787 program," said Kevin Fowler, Vice President, Systems Integration Processes & Tools, The Boeing Company. "Most notable is the integration of Product Lifecycle Management using 3D-only design data across engineering definition, manufacturing and product support. This demonstrates the continuous innovation and breakthroughs we are realizing working with Dassault Systemes on the 787 program."

At Fissler, a developer of innovative cookware and kitchen accessories, Dr. Andreas Hillenmeier, Manager of Product Development, noted, "Our Intensa cooking systems are renowned worldwide. They are synonymous with quality and innovation. CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM have been instrumental in helping us constantly exceed our customers' expectations. We are all excited about the potential for CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM to further improve our products and efficiency."

"Helping customers increase their competitiveness is always foremost on our minds. Our ability to help our customers respond to their critical challenges in a changing and highly competitive environment is certainly strengthened with this release. Leveraging the support of IBM's open and scalable PLM infrastructure, we can offer even more value to customers engaged in continuous innovation," says Walter Donaldson, General Manager, Product Lifecycle management, IBM. CATIA for collaborative product development - V5R16 accelerates collaborative product design with 64-bit support of the full CATIA portfolio on Microsoft Windows. It strengthens virtual product design and simulation by significantly improving the CATIA solutions in the simulation, electrical, shipbuilding, and modeling domains. It expands the usefulness of the open and extremely lightweight 3D XML format by embedding additional PLM product information, such as annotations and animations. The new release enables 3D-only paperless design-to-manufacturing, while VPM Navigator and TeamPDM streamline product development, by enabling teams to seamlessly manage advanced design process information from within a single engineering desktop.

Gartner: Technical Aptitude No Longer Enough for IT Professionals
Gartner has warned IT professionals that technical aptitude will no longer be sufficient to secure their future in IT organisations. Scepticism toward the effectiveness of IT, the rise of IT automation, worldwide geographic labour shifts and multi-sourcing will lead to the emergence of a new breed of IT professional, the ‘versatilist', who will have technical aptitude, local knowledge, knowledge of industry processes and leadership ability.

Successful IT professionals will identify themselves not just by occupation-"I work in IT"-but by the industry, process and change programs in which they participate-" I spent two years helping design an Internet selling process that boosted revenue by 20 per cent". IT professionals must also prove that they understand the realities of the business, such as industry, core processes, customer bases, regulatory environment, culture and constraints. Gartner predicts that by 2010, six out of ten IT professionals will assume businessfacing roles.

Regardless of whether the IT professional works in a corporate IT organisation, in an outsourcing team, in product development or in business units, their areas of expertise, knowledge and skills will change. "Some will be bolstered, some will be carved up, some will be redistributed and some will be displaced," said Diane Morello, vice president of research at Gartner. By 2010, Gartner predicts that IT departments in midsize and large companies will be 30 percent smaller than they are in 2005.

"If the last decade represented the era of specialists, this decade will mark the era of the versatilist," said Ms. Morello. "Versalitists are people whose numerous roles, assignments and experiences are enabling them to synthesize knowledge and context to fuel business value. Versatilists are applying their depth of skills and experiences to a rich scope of situations and challenges and implementing their cross-organisational insight to flesh out teams and fill competency gaps."

With versatilists on staff, business and service providers can stretch their personnel budgets further than they could with specialists. IT professionals with broad insight, deep process knowledge and industry orientated competencies will help companies incorporate innovation and multiple perspectives into IT-based processes, products, services and technologies.

According to Gartner, the landscape for IT professionals will radically change by 2010 as a result of four major global forces. "Enabled by high-speed global networks and driven by companies looking for highly competitive IT skills, knowledge bases and services, global sourcing will become a standard part of companies' sourcing portfolio and will put many IT professionals in competition against their peers in other geographical markets," said Ms Morello.

Secondly, IT automation will also transform the IT organisation and the IT profession; most notably software development, testing, remote system monitoring, operation centers, technical support, storage and networking. Third, the consumerisation of IT-personal devices, online services, mobile phoneswill demystify IT, reduce tolerance not only for complicated systems and applications, but also for the departments and people required to run them. Finally, business restructuring-mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, consolidations, layoffs, outsourcing, financial rebuilding, bankruptcies-will challenge IT professional positioning and weaken employee commitment.

"Faced with the primary forces that are challenging the profession, many IT professionals are taking a long, deliberate look at the occupation to decide whether it represents opportunities or dead ends," said Ms. Morello. "IT professionals should decide now if they wish to remain in the realm of ‘pure technology' or redirect themselves to new domains of expertise and develop practical experiences in industries, market segments and core business processes that would help them in that domain." By 2010, Gartner foresees the traditional IT field splintering into four distinct domains of expertise: Technology infrastructure and services. Opportunities in technology infrastructure and services, the foundation of the IT profession, will grow in service, hardware and software vendors-many in developing economies-and wane in user companies.

Network design will remain strong everywhere. Information design and management. Business intelligence, online consumer services, work enhancement initiatives, search-and-retrieval practices and collaboration all will grow in user companies, systems integrators and consulting companies. Linguistics, language skills, business and cultural knowledge, and knowledge management will be fertile ground.

MQSoftware Schedules New and Updated WebSphere Training Courses
MQSoftware, Inc., a provider of business transaction assurance and middleware management solutions, training and services, has scheduled three new training courses: MQS1148: Web Services in WebSphere, MQS1182: WebSphere Application Server: Default Messaging Provider and JMS Programming, and MQS1172: WebSphere Process Server Workshop. Several WebSphere training courses have been updated to address the features and content of IBM WebSphere Message Broker Version 6. These courses will be offered in Minneapolis and Wayne, New Jersey.

MQS1126: WebSphere MQ V6 and WebSphere Message Broker V6 for Administrators
January 30 – February 3, 2006,
Minneapolis
February 27 – March 3, 2006, Wayne
April 3 – 7, 2006, Minneapolis

MQS1141: WebSphere Message Broker V6 Developers Workshop
December 5 – 9, 2005, Wayne
January 9 – 13, 2006, Minneapolis
March 6 – 10, 2006, Wayne
April 10 – 14, 2006, Minneapolis

MQS1142: WebSphere Message Broker V6 Advanced Topics
February 6 – 10, 2006, Minneapolis
April 24 – 28, 2006, Wayne

MQS1143: WebSphere Message Broker V6 for Administrators
February 1 – 3, 2006, Minneapolis
March 1 – 3, 2006, Wayne
April 5 – 7, 2006, Minneapolis

MQS1148: Web Services in WebSphere
January 17 – 20, 2006, Minneapolis
March 13 – 16, 2006, Wayne

MQS1172: WebSphere Process Server Workshop
January 30 – February 3, 2006, Minneapolis
April 17 – 21, 2006, Wayne

MQS1182: WebSphere Application Server Default Messaging Provider and JMS Programming
November 28 – December 2, 2005, Minneapolis
February 13 – 17, 2006, Minneapolis
April 3 – 7, 2006, Wayne

The above courses, and other MQSoftware courses, are also available as private or customized classes, delivered on-site at the customer's facilities. For more information about private or customized courses, contact MQSoftware University (800-998-2858), or email to training2@mqsoftware.com. For more information on WebSphere Message Broker V6, replay Eric Olson's Web Seminar "What's New in Message Broker Version 6?," available from the MQSoftware Website: www.mqsoftware.com.

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