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ARCwire for the Week Ending September 26,2003, reaching over 60,000 professionals worldwide.

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>> What Is Critical About Plant Connectivity

In today's collaborative manufacturing environment, connectivity is key. That's why it is essential for manufacturers to develop an understanding of how production facilities around the world deal with the issues of Plant Connectivity. To get additional insight into this important issue, ARC has developed a survey designed to capture current practices and future plans of providing connectivity on the plant floor as well as exchanging information to the enterprise computing level and the tools utilized such as OPC, custom drivers and interfaces, etc. Manufacturers, their Suppliers, OEMs, and Integrators are welcome to take this survey, and will receive the results for FREE.

To take the survey, please click here: http://www.arcweb.com/ss2/wsb.dll/ARC/PlantDeviceConnectivity.htm

 

===== INDUSTRY TRENDS =====

>> Enterprise Asset Management Market Is Dynamic with ASPs and CALM

Business Model

The worldwide market for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) including IT assets is currently at US$1.6 billion. The market is forecasted to grow at the Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.1 percent reaching US$1.9 billion in 2007. Most of the growth in the EAM market will come from Application Service Provider (ASP) Web-hosted solutions.

 

===== COMPANY NEWS & BRIEFINGS =====

>> Intergraph Divisions to Provide Integration Services

The Process, Power & Offshore division of Intergraph Corporation has partnered with the Intergraph Solutions Group to deliver enterprise business systems integration services.

The services will be provided through the Intergraph Solutions Group center on enterprise application integration with SmartPlant Foundation, the lifecycle information, workflow, and change management software.

For solving specific business problems, Intergraph Solutions Group provides highly-targeted integration with systems including those from J. D. Edwards, Maximo, Oracle, Primavera, and SAP. Services also include technical support and training.

Intergraph Solutions Group is also working with Process, Power & Offshore to help shape the Intergraph TEF Adapter Program, which provides licensing and development resources for third parties to independently build adapters for non-Intergraph software to communicate with The Engineering Framework (TEF), the engineering enterprise integration architecture.

===== ACQUISITIONS & PARTNERING NEWS =====

>> GSE to Sell Its Process Solutions Biz to Nova Tech

GSE Systems has reached an agreement to sell its Process Solutions business to NovaTech, a leading vendor-independent supplier of SCADA systems, remote monitoring, and automation systems for the electric utility and oil and gas industries.

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. GSE Systems said the divestiture will help to cut debts and improve profitability.

With the exit of process control business, GSE Systems will focus on expanding simulation technologies in the energy, military, and homeland defense markets, as well as continuing with its nuclear and chemical plant security and process simulation business.

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