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Contact: Kelly Kimberland, SEI Public Relations

Carnegie     Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute Hosts TIDE Conference for     Small Manufacturers
September     20, 2002
     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 is part of the SEI's Technology Insertion Demonstration and Evaluation     (TIDE) Program, which was initiated with federal funds secured by US Congressman     Mike Doyle in 2000. The 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.  

"This conference     will provide a great opportunity for our area manufacturers," stated Doyle.     "There are currently no other projects such as this in our region, or anywhere     in the country for that matter. The TIDE Program is enabling our manufacturers     to remain competitive and play a more integral role in the manufacturing of     raw materials for this country as we move through the information technology     era."  

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   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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