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Aras achieves Microsoft .NET Connected Status


Aras is First Comprehensive Enterprise PLM Solution based entirely on .NET

LAWRENCE, MASS. - August 15, 2005 - Aras Corporation, a premier provider of enterprise product development software solutions for performance driven manufacturers, today announced that the company's product, Aras Innovator TM, has achieved Microsoft® .NET Connected Logo status. Aras is the first comprehensive enterprise solution in the PLM software category based entirely on the Microsoft .NET Framework and XML web services technology.


The .NET Connected Logo makes it easy for customers to recognize that Aras is designed to interoperate across platforms, programming languages, and applications through the use of XML web services. By using the Microsoft .NET Framework Aras benefits from the additional performance and security of the Microsoft .NET technologies.


Aras delivers business ready solutions for product development that include program management, product engineering, and quality planning. Aras is exceptionally easy to manage, integrate, and extend due to Aras Innovator's unique model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA]. By utilizing the Microsoft .NET Framework Aras takes advantage of the Microsoft platforms in addition to being entirely based on standard Internet protocols including HTTP / HTTPS, XML and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). Every aspect of the Aras solutions is designed to provide the greatest value at the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for customers.


"Microsoft .NET has clearly gained significant momentum with our customers, and achieving .NET Connected status provides validation of our alignment," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras Corporation. "Aras is committed to delivering strategic value to our customers at the lowest ownership cost on the market and Microsoft's technologies provide unmatched affordability."


Microsoft .NET ability to connect systems helps companies improve the bottom line whether integrating internal enterprise systems or communicating with customers, suppliers, and outsourced manufacturers.


About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation delivers practical, affordable product development software solutions for performance driven manufacturers. Product engineering, quality planning, and program management solutions provide a process-oriented approach to product lifecycle management [PLM] helping companies achieve alignment with customer requirements, ensure new product margins, and shorten development cycles. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is a next generation model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft® .NET with unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily at a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand and ACCO Swingline. Aras is privately held and headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 691-8900 or visit www.aras.com