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Aras Announces First and Only PLM Solution to Provide Standard Set Of Actionable Metrics for Product Development


Aras Version 6 Delivers Key Performance Indicators on Microsoft .NET Technology

LAWRENCE, MASS. - October 18, 2004 - Aras Corporation, a provider of practical Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for performance driven manufacturers, today announced the next major release - Version 6 - of Aras PLM, the business ready solution and Aras Innovator, the underlying application framework. The release includes the first and only actionable metrics based on a standardized set of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for product development and is built on Microsoft® .NET technology.


Actionable metrics are displayed in real-time, graphical scorecards and dashboards within Aras PLM delivering visual management to executives and managers. The ability to set goals is included for companies that want to run product development like the rest of the business by measuring performance over time and focusing resources on value-added activities.


"Scorecards and dashboards provide a compelling value proposition for companies that want to communicate KPIs in a simple and effective way. (...) If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps a dashboard can represent a 20-page report and a scorecard 10 dense reports." Source: The AMR Research Alert on Manufacturing, Jacqueline Coolidge and John Hagerty, September 16, 2004.


For the first time, customers can identify and fix issues before they become problems and proactively target areas for continuous improvement. Executive visibility gives managers immediate insight into where the business is performing well and where they need to focus to improve in five critical areas: Product Innovation, Engineering Efficiency, Design to Goal, Engineering Optimization, and Time to Manufacturing.


The KPI metrics are real-time roll-ups of the actual processes and ongoing operations so the information is always up-to-date and managers are able to drill down to the details to take action.


"Aras PLM's actionable metrics give companies the ability to improve product development performance by increasing innovation and productivity, two of the central drivers of profitable growth," emphasized Paul Gilmartin, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Aras. "Aras also recognizes the IT challenges companies of all sizes face in today's competitive environment. That's why Aras provides practical, affordable solutions that have a dramatically lower Total Cost of Ownership than conventional systems."


Since being introduced in 2001 the underlying Aras Innovator application framework has been the PLM industry's only model-based, service oriented architecture, and now Version 6 becomes the only enterprise PLM solution built on Microsoft® .NET technology.


Aras Innovator delivers solutions that are exceptionally easy to manage, integrate, and extend. By utilizing Microsoft® .NET Aras Innovator takes advantage of the common Microsoft platforms such as the Windows Server System and Microsoft® SQL Server in addition to being entirely based on standard Internet protocols including HTTP / HTTPS, XML and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). Every aspect of Aras solutions is designed to provide the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for customers.


"Aras is committed to providing business ready solutions for performance driven manufacturers," stated Rick Lucier, CEO of Aras. "Our focus on practical solutions is specifically designed to help our customers achieve profitable growth."


Lead customers include Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, a global provider of ion implant industrial equipment used in the manufacture of semiconductors, and Structural Concepts Corporation, an innovative provider of temperature controlled display cases.


The Aras Version 6 solutions will be available in November 2004. Packaging remains all-inclusive meaning access to all of the Aras business ready solutions is included with each concurrent user license and there are no modules or server licenses to buy. Pricing starts at $50,000 and can be purchased directly from Aras Corporation.


About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation provides practical, affordable Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) business ready solutions for performance driven manufacturers. Visibility and actionable metrics focus resources on continuous improvement and value-added operations. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is a next generation model-based, service oriented architecture that enables customers to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily without programming delivering a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include CNT, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, and the U.S. Army. Aras is headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 794-7643 or visit www.aras.com