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AESSiS Joins Aras Partner Program


Provides Engineering Expertise and Enterprise PLM Implementation Services for Companies in United Kingdom

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland - September 11, 2008 - Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that AESSiS, an expert in product lifecycle management [PLM] solution services for complex engineering processes, has joined the Aras Partner Program.


AESSiS provides engineering process consulting and systems implementation services for complex PLM initiatives at discrete manufacturing companies. AESSiS specializes in identifying engineering process improvements for efficiency gains and cost reductions, and provides a full range of services from program management for solution deployment to PLM technical implementation and systems integration.


"We believe that the enterprise open source business model that Aras uses is ideal for companies that want true risk sharing. By removing the capital requirement for licenses Aras provides companies with the ability to know that the PLM solution will work for their business," said James Byrne, Chief Technology Officer for AESSiS. "Aras is delivering true innovation and the open model will forever change the economics of the PLM market."


"Aras is proud to welcome AESSiS as a new partner, and we are encouraged by their commitment to the open approach," said Martin Allemann, Vice President EMEA for Aras. "The AESSiS experience in complex engineering environments will provide companies with significant expertise in deploying the Aras solution for PLM which maximize the cost savings potential throughout the supply chain."


About AESSiS
AESSiS provides expert engineering process consulting and product lifecycle management implementation services for complex PLM initiatives at discrete manufacturing companies. Professional services range from engineering process improvement and cost reduction to solution deployment program management and PLM technical implementation. For additional information visit www.aessis.com


About Aras
Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com