BigLever Partners with Method Park to Bring New Generation Product Line Engineering Innovation to Germany

Enables Companies to Reduce Variation Management Complexity, Effectively Manage Product Line Diversity, Achieve New Levels of Process Efficiency

AUSTIN, Texas – April 8, 2015 – BigLever Software, the leading provider of product line engineering (PLE) solutions, announced today that the company has established a partnership with Method Park, the German expert in software and systems engineering and process management solutions. By combining BigLever's industry-standard Gears PLE solution, new generation PLE methods and deployment expertise with Method Park's in-depth process management expertise and tools, the companies will enable mutual customers to realize the order-of-magnitude efficiency, productivity and time-to-market gains delivered by PLE.

"As German manufacturers in automotive and other industries are challenged to deliver highly sophisticated products with ever-greater feature diversity, they are looking for ways to dramatically reduce engineering and operational complexity," said Dr. Charles Krueger, BigLever Software CEO. "This has resulted in rapidly growing demand for a new paradigm of variation and complexity management. PLE has emerged to fill this need. BigLever is excited to join forces with Method Park to bring the latest PLE innovations to the German market."

"Customers will profit from the cooperation between BigLever and Method Park tremendously," said Bernd Hindel, CEO, Method Park. "With this partnership we bundle up our know-how and our solutions for all challenges of Product Line Engineering, which enables us to support our customers even more efficiently and faster with the gradual introduction of a systematic variant management."

PLE addresses the problems of product complexity and variant management by dramatically simplifying the creation, delivery, maintenance, and evolution of a product line portfolio. BigLever's Gears PLE solution enables a unified variation management approach across the full engineering and operations lifecycle using automated, feature-based production and engineering asset sharing. Method Park's Stages Process Management Suite and variant management process consulting services enables organizations to model the associated PLE processes for automated PLE workflow.

The BigLever / Method Park partnership will allow the companies to combine these capabilities and areas of expertise to help customers improve cross-functional communication and collaboration, break down organizational silos, and more effectively manage product variation – from product line portfolio planning to engineering, manufacturing, sales, and maintenance.

About Method Park

Method Park has a long track record in operating a successful consulting practice for software used in safety-critical systems in the automobile and medical technology industries. The company develops its own software solutions, bringing considerable know-how in areas where the highest standards of quality and safety need to be met. Method Park uses this expertise to offer its customers diverse solutions from a single source to contribute to the success of all its customer companies. Method Park is the knowledgeable enterprise for consulting, coaching, training, engineering services and products related to software development processes. Founded in Erlangen, Germany in 2001, Method Park has approximately 125 employees at its locations in Erlangen, Munich, Stuttgart, and Detroit in the USA.

About BigLever Software

BigLever Software, Inc., the leading provider of systems and software product line engineering solutions and services, dramatically simplifies the creation, evolution, maintenance and delivery of a product line – a portfolio of similar products or systems with variations in features and functions. BigLever's patented Gears solution enables organizations to reduce development costs and bring new product line features and products to market faster, enabling businesses to more reliably target and hit strategic market windows. BigLever has played an instrumental role in the industry's most notable PLE success stories across a spectrum of sectors including automotive, aerospace and defense, aviation systems, alternative energy, e-commerce, and computer systems. BigLever is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.biglever.com.