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Contact:
Kelly Kimberland
412-268-8467

For immediate release:
September 19, 2002

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute Hosts TIDE Conference for Small Manufacturers

PITTSBURGH, PA—Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) will be hosting its TIDE Conference and Exhibitor Hall on September 24, 2002 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Mars, Pa.

The TIDE Conference, which is part of the SEI's Technology Insertion Demonstration and Evaluation (TIDE) Program, provides small manufacturers with the information needed to find the right software to reduce production costs, improve product quality and become a supplier in the Department of Defense supply chain. Attendees can learn about the latest technologies, tools and services that will help them take advantage of $40 billion in defense contracts awarded annually.

John Foreman, director of the SEI's Dynamic Systems Program, explains that the TIDE Program and Conference help companies overcome the technology-adoption barriers through demonstration projects, workforce education and technology development.

"One of our goals is to encourage and assist small manufacturers in the adoption of commercially available software and information technology," Foreman said. "The TIDE Conference gives small business executives and technical managers in southwestern Pennsylvania the opportunity to interact with government agencies, locate valuable resources for change and growth, make new contacts and exchange ideas."

Conference sessions will cover such topics as technology selection and adoption processes, how software technology supports strategic growth plans for small manufacturers, managing risk in software technology adoption and doing business with the federal government.

More information on registration, exhibitors and the TIDE Program can be found at the TIDE Conference Web site, www.sei.cmu.edu/tide/2002 or by calling SEI Customer Relations at 412-268-5800.

The TIDE Program is a federally funded program that helps small manufacturers adopt advanced technology. TIDE is a program of the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University.

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