adidas Runs with MatrixOne

Sporting goods manufacturer selects collaboration application

CHELMSFORD, MASS.  February 20, 2001  Sporting goods manufacturer adidas-Salomon aims to put its time to market on the fast track by using a collaborative design application from MatrixOne, according to an announcement today from the software provider.

adidas-Salomon will use MatrixOne's eMatrix application for collaborative product content definition and manufacturing, with the goal of improving the quality of product information and speed to market. Plans call for the project to ultimately connect more than 2,500 users, internally and externally, worldwide.

The system will allow adidas-Salomon staff to collaborate amongst themselves and with trading partners from the initial stages of product conception through production and distribution. Access to information is provided through a system of Web-based applications that define what information can be seen by whom.

German adidas-Salomon AG is the second-largest company in its industry, measured in terms of worldwide sales, with revenues at about $4.9 billion and a market share estimated at around 15 percent. With 12,500 employees worldwide, the company produces such brands as adidas footwear and apparel, Salomon skis and snowboards, TaylorMade-adidas golf clubs and golf balls, and Mavic cycle components.

adidas-Salomon selected MatrixOne after a three-month evaluation process. The company has a phased implementation schedule that targets critical business areas first. The launch of the first phase has been scheduled for April 2001, in time for the 2002 winter collection. 

"adidas-Salomon has tremendous product information assets that we believe can be substantially enhanced through the power of eMatrix and intelligent collaborative commerce," said Hans Ruigrok, senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing at MatrixOne.