IBM and Dassault Systemes have been selected by Ford to supply and integrate their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, including CATIA(R) V5 and ENOVIAVPM(TM) software, into the company's design and manufacturing processes worldwide. The move is seen as significant as it will help Ford to standardise and simplify the product design process, cutting costs and reducing time to market. IBM says that the PLM software ties together Ford's design, development, supply chain, manufacturing and service aftersales processes.