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Aras Innovator Attains "Front Runner" Status for Microsoft SQL Server 2005


Aras Becomes First Enterprise PLM Solution Provider toEnable on New Microsoft Database Release

LAWRENCE, MASS. - July 31, 2006 - Aras Corporation, a premier provider of product development &quality compliance enterprise software solutions for performance driven companies, today announced the immediate availability of Aras Innovator ® Version 7 enabled on Microsoft SQL Server 2005 earning the company Front Runner status from Microsoft Corp. Aras is the first enterprise product lifecycle management [PLM] solution provider to support the new Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database platform.


Aras in combination with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 helps companies achieve alignment with customer requirements, reduce new product risks, ensure quality compliance, and shorten development cycles. SQL Server 2005 is the next-generation data management and analysis software that will deliver increased scalability, availability and security to enterprise data and analytical applications while making them easier to create, deploy, and manage.


"Microsoft has always been committed to the success of our broad ISV partner community and will continue to rely heavily on that community to drive innovative solutions to market," said Pradeep Rathinam, general manager of U.S. ISV Strategy in the U.S. Partner Group at Microsoft. "The Front Runner program was designed to provide our partners with the best development environment possible and give them the technical and marketing tools they need to be successful over the long term."


Microsoft wanted to ensure that independent software vendors [ISVs] had access to a full host of benefits to enable them to bring best-of-breed solutions to market more quickly and effectively. Giving ISVs the resources they need to fast-track the development of these applications enables enterprise customers to start taking advantage of the increased scalability, availability and security of the application built on top of SQL Server 2005 almost immediately, increasing their company's productivity.


"Aras moved quickly to support SQL Server 2005 because it is a significant leap forward in enterprise database technology," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras Corporation. "Achieving Front Runner status enables us to deliver our new solutions at the launch of SQL Server 2005. As a result, we are uniquely positioned to help our customers get the most from their PLM technology investment."


About Aras Corporation
Aras® delivers product development &quality management enterprise software solutions for performance driven companies. Aras enterprise solutions provide a process-oriented approach to product lifecycle management [PLM] helping companies achieve alignment with customer requirements, reduce new product risks, ensure quality compliance, and shorten development cycles. The Aras Innovator® application framework is a next generation model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft® .NET with unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy quickly and adapt easily for the lowest Total Cost of Ownership on the market. 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